Megatrends research

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Third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) today undertake a number of routine material handling activities such as warehousing, order picking, assembly, packaging, and shipping, as well as the huge job of handling returns. Additionally, a number of larger players are undertaking greater responsibilities within their client’s value chain, by undertaking some of the mundane manufacturing, assembly and testing activities. For some of their clients they are also managing logistics activities across multiple levels of their supply chain.

The past half-a-decade has been a time of tumultuous change. Customers have become increasingly demanding looking for better and innovative goods and services that are specifically customized to meet their unique needs. There is also an implicit requirement on the accuracy, timeliness, convenience, responsiveness, quality and reliability of the service offered to them. And all of this is desired at ever-lower prices. Simultaneously, the rapid pace of innovation has resulted in shorter product and technology cycles, leading to uncertainties in supply and demand. Furthermore, the financial markets are looking for greater and assured returns on their investments in companies. The key drivers affecting change in the logistics industry are:

  • Reliance on core competences and customer centricity require companies to work with different partners in fulfilling each customer order resulting in formation of trading partner ecosystems.
  • Heightened expectation of financial markets in shorter cash-to-cash cycles and greater return on assets has lead to need for supply chain and financial chain integration, the emergence of asset-less fourth party logistics service providers and adoption of the value framework for corporate decision making.
  • The significantly higher costs of not meeting performance expectations in terms of incorrect market forecasting or delayed delivery to customers has resulted in application of risk management techniques for supply chain planning and real-time monitoring and control of supply chains to quickly respond to exceptions.
  • Pressure to improve profitability resulting in application of revenue management and dynamic pricing strategies, and development of new services such as reverse logistics, service chain management and design for logistics.
Hence, the terms of competition, the manner in which companies are operated, and the tools, systems and technologies employed have all changed. Thus we identified 12 Mega Trends and mention the possible business impact by providing several documentation to each identified trend.

Text partly taken from: Viswanadham,N., Jarvis, J. & Gaonkar, R. (2002). The Ten Megatrends in Logistics. The Logistics Institute Asia-Pacific, Singapore.

Basic management principles


English Text  PDF Reader file Chen, I. & Paulraj, A. (2004).   Understanding supply chain management: critical research and a theoretical framework. International Journal of Production Research, 2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Cox, A. (199).   Power, Value and Supply Chain Management. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 167-175, 1999.

Paulraj, A., Chen, I. & Flynn, J. (2006).   Levels of strategic purchasing: Impact on supply integration and performance. Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Vol. 12, 2006, pp.107–122.

Taylor, M., Yue, W. & Tseng, Y. (2005).   The Role of Transportation in Logistics Chain. Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, Vol. 5, pp. 1657 - 1672, 2005.

Vaart, T. v.d. & Donk, D. v. (2006).   A critical review of survey-based research in supply chain integration. International Journal of Production Economics, 2007, Elsevier B.V.




Big Data / Industry 4.0


English Text  PDF Reader file Accenture Management Consulting (2014).   Big Data Analytics in Supply Chain: Hype or Here to Stay?
Accenture, Seattle, USA.


Frehe, V., Kleinschmidt, Th. & Teuteberg, F. (2006).   Big Data in Logistics – Identifying Potentials through Literature, Case Study and Expert Interview Analyses. Gesellschaft für Informatik EV, Bonn.

DHL Trend Research / DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (2015).   Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation, Troisdorf, Germany.


DHL Trend Research / DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (2015).   Self Driving Vehicles in Logistics.
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation, Troisdorf, Germany.


Blecker, T., Kersten, W. & Ringle, C. (Eds.) (2014). Innovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Current Issues and Emerging Practices.  Hamburg International Conference of Logistics. epubli GmbH, Berlin.




Competition


English Text  PDF Reader file Crook,T. & Combs, J. (2006).  Sources and consequences of bargaining power in supply chains. Journal of Operations Management Vol. 25, (2007) pp. 546-555

Frohlicha,M. & Westbrook, R. (2001).   Arcs of integration: an international study of supply chain strategies. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 19, (2001) pp. 185–200.

Lambert, D., Emmelhainz, M. & Gardner, J. (1996).   Developing and Implementing Supply Chain Partnerships. The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 7, No. 2 (1996) pp. 1-18.

Lu, H., & Su, Y. (2002).   An Approach towards Overall Supply Chain Efficiency: a Future Oriented Solution and Analysis in Inbound Process.  Graduate Business School, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Logistics and Transport Management, Göteborg University.




Demographic change


English Text  PDF Reader file Klumpp, M., Bioly, S. & Witte, Chr. (2014).   Future Problems in Logistics Due to Demographic Change.  epubli GmbH, Berlin.

Klummp, M., Abidi, H. & Bioly, S. (2013).   Impact Modeling of Demographic Change on the Industry Qualifications Framework (IQF) Logistics.  Institute for Logistics and Service Management (ild), FOM University of Applied Sciences, Essen, Germany.




Education


English Text  PDF Reader file Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics (2011).   The Logistics of Education and Education of Logistics.  The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics,Savannah, GA.

USAID | Deliver Project, Task Order I (2011).   The Logistics Handbook: A Practical Guide for the Supply Chain Management of Health Commodities.  Arlington, VA: USAID | Deliver Project, Task Order I.




Globalisation


English Text  PDF Reader file Hesse, M. & Rodrigue, J-P. (2004).   The transport geography of logistics and freight distribution. Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier Ltd.




Internet of everything


English Text  PDF Reader file Aankhen Inc. (2015).   2016 - 3 Myths about Internet of Things in Logistics.  Aankhen Inc., California, USA.

Cognizant (2014).   Designing for Manufacturing’s Internet of Things.  Cognizant, Teaneck, NJ, USA.

DHL Trend Research | Cisco Consulting Services (2015).   Internet of Things in Logistics: implications and Use Cases for the Logistics Industry.  DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation, Troisdorf, Germany.




Retailing & e-Commerce


English Text  PDF Reader file Devaraj, S., Krajewski, L. & Wei, J. (2007).   Impact of eBusiness technologies on operational performance: The role of production information integration in the supply chain. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 25, 2007, pp.1199-1216.

Jones Lang LaSalle (2013).   Commerce Boom triggers Transformation in Retail Logistics: Driving a Global Wave of Demand for New Logistics Facilities.  Jones Lang LaSalle, Ip, Inc., 2013.

Lee, H. & Whang, S.(2001).   E-Business and Supply Chain Integration.  Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.




Security


English Text  PDF Reader file Saldanha, J. & Russell, D. (2003).   Five Tenets of Security-Aware Logistics and Supply Chain Operation. Transportation Journal, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 44-54, 2003.

Willis, H. & Ortiz, D. (2004).   Evaluating the Security of the Global Containerized Supply Chain.  RAND Infrastructure, Safety and Environment, Santa Monica, CA, USA.




Sustainability


English Text  PDF Reader file Blecker, T., Kersten, W. & Ringle, C. (Eds.) (2015).   Sustainability in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: New Designs and Strategies.  Hamburg International Conference of Logistics. epubli GmbH, Berlin.




Trends & developments


English Text  PDF Reader file Blecker, T., Kersten, W. & Ringle, C. (Eds.) (2014).   Next Generation Supply Chains: Trends and Opportunities.  Hamburg International Conference of Logistics. epubli GmbH, Berlin.

Gundlach, G., Bolumole, Y., Eltantawy, R. & Frankel R. (2006).   The changing landscape of supply chain management, marketing channels of distribution, logistics and purchasing. Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 21, Nr. 7, pp.428–443.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2009).   Transportation and Logistics 2030: How will supply chains evolve in an energy-constrained, low carbon world?  T&L30 Series, www.tl2030.com, Vol. 1.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2010).   Transportation and Logistics 2030: Transport infrastructure — Engine or hand brake for global supply chains?  T&L30 Series, www.tl2030.com, Vol. 2.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2010).   Transportation and Logistics 2030: Emerging Markets: New hubs, new spokes, new industry leaders?  T&L30 Series, www.tl2030.com, Vol. 3.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2011).   Transportation and Logistics 2030: Emerging Markets - Securing the supply chain.  T&L30 Series, www.tl2030.com, Vol. 4.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (2011).   Transportation and Logistics 2030: Winning the talent race.  T&L30 Series, www.tl2030.com, Vol. 5.




Urbanisation


English Text  PDF Reader file Wessel, R. et al. (2013).   InsightOn Series: Urbanization.  Deutsche Post DHL / DHL International GmbH, Bonn, Germany.