Logistics Research Network Heriot-Watt Conference

Bell, Steve
December 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Dec2001, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p46
Trade Publication
This article highlights the Heriot-Watt Conference which focused on business logistics-related issues. The speakers during the first plenary session were Alan McKinnon and Christine Lloyd. They focused on issues at the center of road freight transportation and the supply chain management network project, respectively. The second plenary session hosted two presentations from Andrew Berger and Dawn Wilkinson and Juup Willemse. The paper by Andrew Berger developed the theme that the implementation of an electronic synchronization strategy has the potential to release at least 100 million dollars of value from the supply chain of an average multinational company. The paper by Juup Willemse and Dawn Wilkinson introduced the electronic commerce hype cycle as a timeline for reaching the plateau of profitability for electronic business. The final plenary session brought together the editors of four journals in a panel discussion on the state of academic publishing in logistics and supply chain management. The editors are Martin Christopher, John Fernie, Peter Hines, and Bob Hollier. In contrast to the plenary sessions, the breakout sessions included presentations from experienced academics, and young researchers who were presenting their findings for the first time. Those who attended the freight transport-modelling stream chaired by Michael Browne were exposed to two interrelated papers exploring the importance shippers place on the value of time. Papers relating to supply chain relationships and third-party service providers appeared within a number of different streams. Supply chain performance measurement papers were well represented at the conference, with two full streams dedicated to the topic. Of key relevance to all logistics researchers and practitioners was the paper presented by David Menachof, investigating the importance of logistics journals. An overwhelming success of the conference was the variety of international papers presented.


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