Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Global logistics book recommendations

Happy New Year 2008 Everybody! Here's some book recommendations I would like to share with you:

(1) The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson. This excellent book tells the story how 20 feet long steel box has changed the world trade and made our planet much smaller. Containerization is one of the driving forces behind China becoming world factory and many other global trends.

(2) The Second Century: Reconnecting Customer and Value Chain through Build-to-Order; Moving beyond Mass and Lean Production in the Auto Industry by Matthias Holweg & Frits K. Pil. This book tells the story why so many companies in automotive business are doing so bad. The companies make to stock high variety of vehicles and the assembly plant seems to be the only place where supply chain is optimized.

(3) The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman. This book tells so many interesting stories how stories on globalization: the story behind Indian IT companies running the outsourcing business, the story Chinese Lenovo buying the
IBM personal computer business, and McDonald's Peace Formula (= no two countries with a McDonald's Restaurant have ever gone to war with one another) to name some.

These books gave me something to think about and in some way these books describe how global logistics is shaping the economy and how things work today.

BR, Petri

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