DHL says demand will rise
Published: Mar 02, 2012
Global - By 2050, the overall demand for logistics services worldwide will continue to rise, according a research study by global mail and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL.
The company recently released a study of the future, "Delivering Tomorrow: Logistics 2050", which examined the future of trade, business and society.
The study found that logistics services demand will go up. However, requirements of logistics providers and special challenges vary in different situations.
The study analyses critical factors, such as trade and consumption patterns, technological and social trends, and climate change in five different life scenarios, and then estimates their probable impact on people's behaviour and values in the year 2050.
Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, said the pace of change has rapidly accelerated in recent years.
"In a world that is becoming harder and harder to predict, we have to expand our horizon and think about alternatives. We can devise robust strategies and set the right course only if we have gained an understanding of different perspectives," he said.
The development of the study was supported by 42 highly respected experts, including
Klaus Töpfer, former German environmental minister and director of the U.N. Environmental Program, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Agency, and Michael ten Hompel, managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics.
Leading representatives from organisations like the World Economic Forum, Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK), Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and Greenpeace International also supported the study.
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