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Introduction to Global Logistics: Delivering the Goods

24 October 2016

Introduction to Global Logistics: Delivering the Goods, John Manners-Bell, 2016, ISBN 9780749478254, 372 pp.

Who has not become accustomed to delivery services such as USPS Priority Mail, FedEx, UPS and DHL? And TNT in Europe? Who isn’t aware of intermodal shipping containers (e.g., Conex boxes)? Who does not have innumerable items in their home which originated in from several countries scattered across the globe?

Shipping and distribution get these things to where they go and that is an evolving business niche—logistics in the world economy is a vital as well as complex dimension. Understanding can be a difficult task but there is a pathfinder, John Manners-Bell, who has written a cogent guide entitled, Introduction to Global Logistics: Delivering the Goods. It is offered by Kogan Page which is a publishing house for insightful and detailed books regarding business.

Introduction to Global Logistics of course addresses sea, air and land transportation but the insight and description of air transport from express companies to air cargo operations is well worth reading for aviation enthusiasts as well as aviation’s historians. Manners-Bell describes the operations, models and acquisitions of these operations centered out of North American as well as Europe keenly. Readers will especially enjoy the well placed case studies used to underscore the more important aspects discussed and illuminated by Manners-Bell. There are significant operational differences between UPS and FedEx which Manners-Bell expertly explains. The DHL acquisition of Airborne Express and its near disastrous consequences are also explained as well as how the DHL altered their strategy to cope. Why airlines decline direct competition with express delivery services makes sense once Manners-Bell tells the tale, as well, and is one of many deep understandings found in this book.

Introduction to Global Logistics is a fascinating read and would be welcome to logisticians, economists and to those who wish to comprehend a powerful driver in the aviation business—one which has become a vital daily event—global delivery of parcels and cargo regularly, efficiently and timely. The same is also said for the dimensions of sea and land as well as air. All entirely fascinating.


Pursuant to the industry custom, a PDF was provided for an independent review by Kogan Page.

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