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Logistics - a major industry in its own right
What exactly is logistics?

Many people think of logistics as simply moving stuff. The appearance of the word on the sides of trucks certainly gives this impression. In practice logistics is a complex mix of freight transport, storage, handling, inventory management and all the IT required to co-ordinate these activities. It is a function that we all take for granted but without which our economy, indeed whole way of life, would collapse. It is a major industry in its own right, accounting for 12% of global GDP, and a major polluter releasing around 10-11% of global CO2 emissions. To get a sense of just how important logistics is, have a look at this video. 

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Professor Alan McKinnon
Professor Alan McKinnon

Welcome to my personal website. On this site I have assembled many of the outputs of a career spent researching, teaching and advising in the field of logistics.

I had the good fortune to enter this field when it was at an early stage in its development, full of interesting research questions and in the grip of managerial revolution. It remains a vibrant and rapidly evolving subject area, constantly faced with new challenges and opportunities.

One of the greatest challenges logistics managers will have to confront in future decades is climate change. The link between logistics and climate change has been the focus of much of my recent research and features prominently on the site. My book on the decarbonisation of logistics was published in June 2018. 

Whatever your interest in logistics, however, there should be something on this site of relevance. 

Alan McKinnon

Professor of Logistics, Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg
Professor Emeritus, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


 

Blogs on logistics topics

ITF Report on Freight Decarbonisation

The International Transport Forum has published a report that I have written entitled ‘Enhancing freight transport decarbonisation through analytical frameworks’.   It is one of three that the ITF commissioned as part of its Strategic Infrastructure Programme in Asia (SIPA). The other two reports, on the connectivity and resilience of freight transport systems, were written by, respectively, Professor Ruth Banomyong of Thammasat University and Dr Jasper Verschuur of TU Delft and the University of Oxford.  All three reports examine analytical frameworks at both at a general level and for specific application to Central and Southeast Asia.  They can be downloaded here

My paper aims to help public policy-makers conceptualise freight decarbonisation options, manage their implementation and monitor their impact. It outlines several analytical frameworks, adopts a life-cycle approach to the subject and identifies a range of metrics that can be used for macro-level modelling of carbon mitigation in the freight transport sector.

ITF is organising a series of short webinars at which the authors of the reports will summarise their contents.  Details of these events and registration can be found at here.  

My session is on the 9th July.

 

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