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Transport Logistics: Past, Present, and Predictions
In this book ‘Past, Present & Predictions’ 40-year industry veteran
Issa Baluch examines transport logistics innovations in great
projects of the past, analyzes the challenges of today’s dynamic
industry, and shares his vision for its possibilities in the future.
Transport Logistics first presents ten case studies of historical
projects that demanded careful transport logistics management. It
surveys a wide variety of projects, some of them successes and
some of them failures.
Building the Great Pyramid in Egypt required careful project
management and innovative transport methods to bring 2.3 million
blocks to the building site.
The transport logistics practiced in the Berlin Airlift helped
defuse a diplomatic stand-off which could have resulted in a third
Military operations during the Second Punic War, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Falklands
(Malvinas) War required the mobilization and transport of resources (human and otherwise) on
a massive scale.
Humanitarian emergencies, such as the one experienced in the wake of the South Asian
tsunami, demand close co-operation among aid agencies to procure, transport, and distribute
food, water, and shelter in volatile and challenging situations.
Whether these projects were related to construction, engineering, military actions, or
humanitarian relief, they all required transport logistics and placed great demands on logistics
Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce
The second part of the book examines various aspects of today’s
dynamic freight logistics industry, including the changing role of
the freight forwarder. With the development of IT-based supply
chain integration and value-added service offerings, the freight
forwarder is being forced to evolve, or else risk extinction. In
addition, ensuring cargo security has become an irreversible part
of the forwarder’s responsibility to customers and other supply
In this much-anticipated second volume on transport logistics,
industry veterans Issa Baluch and Charles Edwards make a
compelling case for the starring role of transportation and logistics
on the world’s economic and social stage.
The Wheel of Commerce examines the impact of the 2008 recession on the industry, and presents
remarkable case studies of 11 countries, including six in Africa, that are developing infrastructure to
move goods from their raw states through manufacturing, and to support imports and exports.
In this far-reaching and authoritative look at transport logistics, industry veterans Issa Baluch and
Charles Edwards show how the complex systems of moving and delivering goods all over the world – in
all kinds of weather and over all types of obstacles – an boost the economies of countries large and
small, fully developed or struggling to get there.
In the book’s third and final section, Mr. Baluch looks at the future of the transport logistics industry,
which will continue to evolve as a result of globalization, the digitalization of information, new
technologies, rising energy costs, and changing trade patterns. He also presents railways as the ecofriendly
freight solution of the future, especially in the Middle East and Africa.
Transport Logistics concludes with an emphasis on the importance of training and the role of national
and international associations in developing a culture of quality, security, and innovation in the freight
About the Author
Issa Baluch is credited with pioneering the thriving sea-air combined
transport freight business in the UAE. He holds a Master of Business degree
from the University of Hull (U.K.) and has completed numerous aviation,
transport, and freight logistics programs. Baluch was invited by the Harvard
University to take part in the Advanced Leadership Initiative Program, which
eventually made him a fully-fledged Senior Fellow in 2011.
In 1989, he founded Swift Freight International, which quickly gained a
reputation as one of the top freight logistics providers in Middle East and
Baluch was president of the Dubai-based National Association of Freight and
Logistics from 1992-2000, and was again re-elected to the post and served from 2010 to 2011. He serves
on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (president,
2003-2005) and The International Air Cargo Association. He has served on the Advisory Board of Dubai
Logistics City, and the Marketing Committee of Dubai Flower Centre.
For his outstanding services to the international air cargo industry, Baluch has so far received two
Lifetime Achievement awards: in 2006 presented by Air Cargo News UK, and in 2013 presented by STAT
He is currently engaged in projects in Africa concerning agriculture, as well as oil and gas, in conjunction
with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also works
as an industry consultant, providing counsel and advice to supply chain organizations around the world.
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