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Gartner Announces Predictions for Global Logistics Organizations

These four predictions from Gartner, Inc. reflect the expected issues to arise for global logistics organizations. According to Patrick Burnson they include environmental, Risk and compliance, international flow, and supply chain execution convergence. In line with the environmental factors will come a more stringent focus on reporting emissions throughout the supply chain: By 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 logistics organizations will be required to systematically report verified emissions and environmental data The shift from aspirations and feel-good platitudes about sustainable logistics to verified requests for accurate environmental and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions information and actual performance outcomes is being catalyzed by industry groups, market expectations and regulations. Recognizing this as a significant driver of behavior change, Gartner predicts that by 2016 more than 50 percent of Global 1000 logistics companies will be required to increase focus on sustainable logistics services and report verified environmental data. Another prediction is that global trade growth will slow (having peaked late in the last decade), resulting in supply chains favoring optimization instead of proliferation. Shipping will evaluate how to ship and when to ship more intelligently than in the past.

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