Sustainable logistics

Whether reducing pollution or increasing oil prices: logistics is facing changing circumstances and objectives. Karim Barkawi and Professor Wolf-Rüdiger Bretzke consider these challenges from different angles and provide answers in about 260 pages.

This books not only addresses logistics experts, but also transport experts, politicians and generally anyone who cares about sustainability. It has now been published in its second edition – updated, improved and expanded.

Based on new guidelines set by politics and the oil price increases, logistics and supply chain management will have to adapt to the changing conditions. Instruments such as tolls or terse numbers of emission certificates will lead to higher transportation costs, while at the same time freight traffic has to deal with increasingly overburdened transport infrastructure and losing productivity.

Logistics will have to reinvent itself

Against this background, logistics will have to make a significant own contribution to the preservation of mobility and the environment and thereby partially have to reinvent itself. Starting from a description of the future framework, the authors of this book have developed adaption strategies that allow a more pollution friendly exchange of goods and help maintain mobility as a prerequisite for any specialized economy. Here, not only logistical process- and network architectures come to the test, but also the overall marketing strategies and business models, from which the requirements for modern logistics have emerged.

"Over the past 20 years, we have destroyed the predictability of requirements," says Prof. Wolf-Rüdiger Bretzke. "The reason for this lies in completely excessive product diversity and the extreme time compression." One indicator for this is the polluting, huge growth of the express freight market.

Avoid empty runs

"24-hour service is not sustainable. If I give the freight forwarder only one day more, he can sink peak demands in valleys later," explains Bretzke. "If companies would offer less product variants, and at the same time kept well-measured buffer stocks, many empty runs as well as transports altogether could be avoided," knows co-author Karim Barkawi. "In addition, the internationalized production networks are becoming more small-scale again. A "global localization" is imminent," Barkawi added.

Due to the comprehensive consideration of the topic and the sheer amount of approaches, this book is not only for logistics and business decision makers, but also for transport experts, politicians and generally to all experts from other branches who care about sustainability.

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