the next step for logisticsMonday, 3 July, 2006, 12:00am
The core of the logistics industry is connectivity and that, for the mainland, is a long way off.
The industry, albeit in an infancy in the country, faces an uphill task to build an integrated system as it needs to tap the rural population. And that will take a minimum of 10 years, according to estimates of many in the industry.3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
Zhang Tianbing logistics analyst
While the logistics industry is geographically segmented, manufacturers' most realistic approach is finding a partner in each region where they do business, says Zhang Tianbing, chief logistics analyst at AT Kearney (Shanghai).3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
Danny Zheng manufacturing engineer
The huge potential for the logistics industry is attracting excessive entry into the market, with hundreds of thousands of mainland firms calling themselves logistics companies. However, manufacturing insiders say most companies offer only the most basic services, and lack adaptability to industry-specific needs.3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
Zhang Hong purchasing manager
The mainland logistics industry is in a stage of fast growth. It is predicted the market's annual growth rate could reach 15 per cent within the next 10 years.
Industry insiders say they have benefited from the advantages and conveniences of on-going logistics development, but also hope for a wider service network.3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
Long Junsheng academic
The future belongs to an innovative mode of business that enlists smaller logistics service providers into an umbrella membership system, which works as a command centre for distributing assignments to clients, a Peking University academic says.3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am