Professor John Manners-Bell BA (Hons) MSc AKC FCILT

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Prof John Manners-Bell is Chief Executive of Ti, Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and an adviser to the World Economic Forum. He has over 25 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector. John started his working life as an operations manager of a logistics company based in the UK. Prior to establishing Ti in 2002, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics. He also spent a number of years as a manager of UPS, in a strategic marketing and communications role. John holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster and is an Associate of King’s College London where he studied Classics and Theology. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and former Chair of the Supply Chain and Logistics Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum.  He has also advised the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. He has written three books on the industry – ‘Global Logistics Strategies: Delivering the Goods’, ‘Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Emerging Threats to Global Supply Chains’ and ‘Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets’. His second book, ‘Supply Chain Risk’ won the Mention Speciale ACA-Bruel Prize for supply chain literature in 2014.


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Recent briefs :

Surfing the Waves of Mega Trends in the Kuehne+Nagel Healthcare Industry Vertical

In an interview with Marcello Ferrari, VP Global Head of Customer Development, Healthcare Contract Logistics at Kuehne+Nagel, Julia Swales, Senior Editor at Ti asked him about the current state of the healthcare industry vertical. Marcello Ferrari talked about the macro perspective – market trends, the strategies they apply and how they respond to the dynamics …

Sustainable synthetic fuels and their role in decarbonising shipping

In an interview with Poul Woodall, a senior manager in international shipping, he told Ti about the EU recently announcing that companies and shipowners will be able to blend sustainable fuels from a non-biological origin with fossil fuels, to reduce the average carbon content. This reduction is required by the FuelEU Maritime Initiative, which forms …

The Death of Globalization: Reshoring and Industrial Policies

There can be economic, strategic or security imperatives behind attracting manufacturing jobs back from Asia (reshoring). However, in many other cases, the reasons are often nakedly political and the results disastrous – governments are very bad at backing ‘winners’ and often capricious with tax spend due to competing priorities. Second-generation cargobikes

Julia Swales talked to Alan Braithwaite, a Director of e-cargo, and an advisory board member of The Foundation for Future Supply Chain, to find out what’s happening now, a year on from her last interview with CEO James FitzGerald. The first major change on this ‘journey’ is the transition to a second generation of …

Driving Cold Chain Efficiency and Savings with Bluetooth/IoT Technology at Merck

In a webinar for LogiPharma, Jamie Pearce, VP and General Manager in Temp at Merck and Patrick Pichler, Director, Head of Global Distribution Quality, Merck Healthcare KGaA/EMD Serono, talked about how they are dramatically improving efficiency across their cold chain operations. Merck is responsible for the quality distribution and temperature monitoring of pharmaceuticals. In the …

How can you give your chemical supply chain capabilities a competitive edge?

At LogiChem in Rotterdam, on 14 March 2023, a question was put to three panellists: Justin Lanyon, Global Supply Chain Director, Arkema; Leo Kuetten, Logistics Leader EMEA, Dupon; Istvan Lencz, Global Director of Logistics at Henkel: “How can you collaborate with your logistics procurement team to give your chemical supply chain capabilities a competitive edge?” They were also asked, “Where does sustainability come into this? Is it even a consideration when choosing suppliers?” It’s clear that the chemical industry must integrate sustainability into its corporate strategy, but it needs better processes, technology and simplification of data gathering on scope 3. Procurement insight, transparency and collaboration with suppliers will deliver benefits and competitive advantage.

Track and trace data sharing in the chemical supply chain

In a delegate survey conducted at LogiChem EU on 13 March 2023 in Rotterdam, the question was asked, “Do you have a supply chain visibility solution?” The responses were interesting – around 14% of companies have a solution fully implemented, 50% of companies are at the point of rolling out a solution, 17% are at …

How viable are alternative markets to China for the textile and garment sector?

There is a shift towards less mass textile production in China, due to a combination of higher costs, concerns about working conditions and chaotic supply chains. The shift was accelerated by continued supply chain disruption after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a jump in freight costs and shipping delays. This resulted in the textile and garment sector looking for alternative markets.

Pfizer’s dizzying growth has slowed in Q3 2022

Pfizer is the largest global pharmaceutical company by revenue. In 2021, Pfizer produced revenues of €78,460.52m, a 51% increase on its 2020 revenue of €40,199.44m. Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech SE collaborated to jointly develop a COVID-19 vaccine using BioNTech’s messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine program. The Covid-19 vaccine was the first to be approved …

How Nestlé is Greening the Supply Chain

Nestlé is using science, technology, and innovation to help it to meet the 2030 goal of zero environmental impact across its operations, and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The company is developing many processes and tools that help it to estimate and lower its overall carbon footprint, for example, KitKat will become a carbon neutral brand by 2025. It was the first global chocolate brand to be made using 100% sustainably sourced cocoa.