The global logistics environment brings out the increasing complexity and several important parameters shaping the global environment. The change in these parameters is breathtaking and is driving increasing complexity in the logistics ecosystem. We have labelled these changes as “trends”, in that they continue to re-shape the logistics landscape, and provide a shifting set of environmental risks and limitations that either constrain decisions or present opportunities which nimble enterprises can exploit quickly. We begin by describing the major trends that are impacting organizations and follow up with some of the key strategies that successful organizations are applying to cope with or even exploit these trends. Key Trends Impacting Global Landscape Overall top logistics and supply chain trends. We have grouped the top six trends into two sets of related forces, network and external forces. The External forces bring out the changes that are not occurring within the network but are driven by other non-network elements over which organizations have little to no control.
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