Sunday, May 12, 2013

Recap of Week 1 of Twitter Book Chat - Logistics Clusters

Our Twitter book chat has just completed its first week. Thank you to those that have participated so far! Special thank you to the following for retweeting and participating:





Week 2 begins and we’ll be covering chapters 4-5. Please remember to use #logcluster_2 in your posts so that everyone can see and comment on.

A recap of Chapters 1-3 of Logistics Clusters by Dr. Yossi Sheffi:

·        Zaragoza’s PLAZA is one of the logistics parks in Europe. It is home to successful businesses such as Zara and Caladero. Due to the economic conditions in Spain/Europe, how is it faring now?

·        Do logistics clusters encourage near/re/on shoring?

·        Partnerships with government agencies and knowledge sharing are key to successful logistics clusters. @On_Clusters pointed out - the support of logistics clusters allows for optimization of logistics clusters and is strategic to SMEs in many contexts. Double impact.

·        Do supply chain risks increase with clusters?

·        Advantages of logistics clusters are that they replace lost manufacturing jobs, less likely for offshoring, they are not industry dependent and they can serve as infrastructure.

·        Globalization growth is the result of efficiency of global logistics systems. Logistics clusters have contributed to efficiency. @Jmannersbell notes that he’d put it another way, clusters are due to confluence of inventory policies, infrastructure investment and government policy. Not to mention product attributes, customer location and a host of soft factors such as available labor factors. He agrees that globalization is predicated on cheap transport/efficient logistics.

·        @Jmannersbell was attending WEF in South Africa this past week so a question was asked on his thoughts on emerging logistics clusters in Africa.

·        Lots of varying terminology – hub, logistics park, cluster etc. What are the differences?

·        It’s been noted several times the importance of infrastructure investment. An example is that of Panama which saw the need to provide more value than just a short cut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

o   Another interesting logistics cluster is Memphis. FedEx plays a key role in this cluster. How does Memphis differ from Louisville, UPS’ hub.

Finally, a couple of articles were posted that covered potential logistics clusters

"FLI and Merabarna will boost Barcelona as a Mediterranean food logistics hub:. Click here for article.

"Construction of Able Marine Energy Park in UK could result in logistics cluster development". Click here for article.

If you'd like to comment or continue the discussion for Chapters 1-3, please feel free to do so here on the blog. I look forward to hearing from you!