Ken Lyon

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Ken Lyon is Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd and has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. Ken specialises in the use of advanced information systems to manage the operations of 3PL (Third Party Logistics), 4PL and Lead Logistics Providers and their trading partner networks. Over the past few years he has helped start-ups concerned with supply chain technologies and before that, he spent 10 years as a Director and VP of information services at UPS, helping to establish its Logistics and supply chain services Group. Ken was recently appointed Chairman of the Board for an international logistics software group and also sits on the board of Ti. During the past 25 years, he has participated in conferences and conventions for the US Department of Defense, Government of Singapore, The JOC, Nikkei and many others. Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a member of the US OSD sponsored Highlands Forum.

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Recent briefs by Ken:

Logistics Technology Trends for 2020


Ti’s latest whitepaper looks ahead at 5 logistics technology trends which are enabling smaller organizations to become increasingly competitive with large industry incumbents. The last decade saw the previously dominant market position of incumbents, based on investments in huge networks and asset bases, eroded by technology lowering entry barriers.

Evolution of digital business models: past and future trends


Many start-ups have to quickly change focus if the initial proposition has limited success and evolve into something else. The evolution of electronic marketplaces for load matching, rate shopping and others, into so called ‘digital forwarders’ are clear examples of this.

A circular approach to retailing


As the younger consumers of today bring their own value systems to bear on the market, how products are sourced, manufactured and their ownership models, will force changes on existing logistics and fulfilment processes.

There may be trouble ahead


The digital identification of items that can be read by machines and systems is starting to raise some fundamental questions about operational realities. Issues such as security, power consumption and longevity are all areas requiring greater collaboration and standardisation.