Global Conference 2011
Driving the Global Economy: Smart Logistics
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 / 9:30 am - 10:45 am
Manufacturers need raw materials from their suppliers, and in turn they need to count on getting finished goods to the end customer. But today's intricate supply chains may stretch around the globe, necessitating multiple means of transport and customs clearances. Online retailers stake their reputations on delivering purchases to customers anywhere in the world smoothly and quickly. Smart logistics systems are more vital to the bottom line than ever before - but the movement of goods isn't just a matter for individual firms. The entire global economy depends on the ease of international trade. Providing the basic infrastructure to streamline commerce - from rail lines to container ports - is crucial to any region's growth potential. The most modern and efficient airport hubs, especially, are attracting clusters of firms and vendors. This panel will explore factors such as new technologies, rising fuel prices, expanded shipping routes and free trade deals.