As of September 2016, The FLA Chairperson, Mr Issa Baluch, has decided to make two of his books: Transport Logistics: Past, Present, Predictions and Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce available for free in e-format!!
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Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce published in 2010 examines the impact of the 2008 recession on the industry, and argues that the industry itself serves as a harbinger of both up and down turns in the economy. The book also discusses the status of transport logistics planning and preparation in 11 countries: Canada, Chile, India, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), plus six in Africa—Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Through remarkable case studies of these countries, the book also highlights public and private sector ingenuity in problem solving, and shows how lessons learned in one part of the world can be applied to challenges elsewhere.
Another logistics veteran, Charles Edwards who is best known in the transport logistics business with his stint as president of the U.S. subsidiary of the German company CargoLifter and as executive vice president of Advanced Composite Structures, joined Baluch to serve as co-author for the book. “The recession has been international in scope,” Edwards related, “but our studies of select countries show how some economies have recovered more quickly than others. Those that emerged relatively unscathed, like Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, have prospered because of visionary leadership and relentless pursuit of their plans.”
Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions was published in 2005, is available in four languages and has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide. This book 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. Whether these projects were related to construction, engineering, military actions, or humanitarian relief, they all required transport logistics and placed great demands on logistics managers.
For example: 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 world war. 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 managers.
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 chain partners.