Global freight transport is a key component in the trade of goods and materials, but new demands on the transport network are creating fresh challenges for data. Transport companies are endeavouring to meet those new demands, but are they successful? Discover how an adaptive, intelligent supply chain – built around standards – accelerates innovation and drives change.
The pace of global transport and logistics is non-stop. A lot is happening throughout the industry, with contemporary concerns and challenges emerging every day. So what are the big issues to watch out for?
The issue looks at the main environmental, economic and technology trends driving the future of mobility and presents standards solutions for a cleaner, safer and more reliable/efficient transportation system. A special focus on China’s New Silk Road also highlights the role of International Standards in shaping the economic megaproject and in building a new “golden age” of globalization.
In 2015, world trade in goods was valued at about USD 16 trillion.
UNCTAD report Key Statistics and Trends in International Trade 2016
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Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront is probably best known for the line “I coulda been a contender”. In the role of Terry (a longshoreman1) and failed boxer), Marlon Brando sums up perfectly the passing of something that was, or might have been. While the film remains one of the undefeated greats of modern cinema, it’s ironic that the eponymous waterfront was KO’d by one of the 20th century’s most influential inventions.