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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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Welcome

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

UNCTAD Global Supply Chain Forum

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held its first Global Supply Chain Forum in Barbados, with a full programme of plenary and parallel sessions addressing a range of current supply chain issues, many relating to Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  I was invited to  moderate a panel discussion focused on two of the main themes of the event, the sustainability and resilience of supply chains.  I was fortunate to have an excellent panel, comprising John Manners-Bell from Transport Intelligence, Zera Zheng from Maersk, Darwin Telemaque from the Port Management Association of the Caribbean and Miryam Saade Hazin from UNECLAC,to discuss the subject.  A recording of the session is available at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcQEZN7Lz18&t=7300s  (between the timings 1.10.30 and 2.13.30).

You can find two text summaries of our discussion, one generated by A1 and the other written by me (before reading the automated version).  Clearly my services won’t be required for much longer! 

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