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Martin Murray

October Book of the Month

By October 31, 2012

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Logistics Clusters For this month I have a chosen as the supply chain book of the month "Logistics Clusters" by Dr. Yossi Sheffi, professor of engineering systems at MIT. Dr. Sheffi's book is an examination of the phenomena called logistics clusters, which are agglomerations of several types of firms and operations, such as those businesses providing logistics services, the logistics facilities of major companies, and operations of companies for whom logistics is a major component of their business.

The book reviews examples of logistics clusters from across the world, including Singapore and Rotterdam, and examines the operational advantages of logistics clusters as well as the benefits the offer to the local region. Dr. Sheffi describes how logistics clusters can have a positive financial impact, which can include attracting more companies to the area around the logistics cluster and the ultimate creation of new jobs.

For a more complete review of "Logistics Clusters" by Dr. Yossi Sheffi, click here.

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November 5, 2012 at 7:38 am
(1) Katrina Blazhenov says:

Looks like a very interesting subject. My parents are from Russia and the government there was very strong on creating clusters to promote cross-industry co-operation and shorten the supply chain. But under communist policies it did not always work that well.

November 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm
(2) Gabby Wallis-Chang says:

Thanks for reviewing books. I have not seen this book advertised so its good that you read them so we can get the idea before taking the plunge. The idea of “logistics clusters” sounds very plausible. Perhaps I will get the library to get a copy.

November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm
(3) Kasumi Miyamoto says:

I am a student at UCLA and have studied supply chain in Japan. This subject is very interesting and would like to know more. Is there websites that I can find some more information?

November 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm
(4) Frederick Cant says:

This is a very interesting subject. It is clear that over history there has been groups of like businesses that have benefited from the proximity of having each other so close. It is something I will probably look at a bit more closely.

November 9, 2012 at 10:19 am
(5) Lilly Wong says:

I have seen this book online and I have heard of Dr Sheffi as I read the book “The Resilient Enterprise” which I believe he wrote. I will certainly see if the college library has a copy of this new one.

November 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(6) Jordan Kazue says:

Dr Sheffi is a very well known supply chain author so I am pleased that you took the opportunity to review his new title.

November 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(7) D G Ignatiev says:

Logistics Clusters – OK you got me I have never heard of that subject before. I am at Southampton University in England, will the book be available here?

November 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(8) Jean Massri says:

Very good topic, I would like to know more. I work in Turkey and I do not see this clusters that you talk of here. Istanbul is so big perhaps outside of the city the clusters could exist. But very good topic.

November 13, 2012 at 10:26 am
(9) Tom Davies says:

I have never heard of Logistics Clusters before so this is all new to me. I understand how Silicon Valley works, I was there for a few years. The company I worked for moved there from LA because there were other companies we worked with that all had the same needs and we were able to get some kind of economies of scale. But like all good things, we went bankrupt as did many of the companies we worked with.

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