Professor John Manners-Bell BA (Hons) MSc AKC FCILT

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Prof John Manners-Bell is Chief Executive of Ti, Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and an adviser to the World Economic Forum. He has over 25 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector. John started his working life as an operations manager of a logistics company based in the UK. Prior to establishing Ti in 2002, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics. He also spent a number of years as a manager of UPS, in a strategic marketing and communications role. John holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster and is an Associate of King’s College London where he studied Classics and Theology. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and former Chair of the Supply Chain and Logistics Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum.  He has also advised the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. He has written three books on the industry – ‘Global Logistics Strategies: Delivering the Goods’, ‘Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Emerging Threats to Global Supply Chains’ and ‘Logistics and Supply Chains in Emerging Markets’. His second book, ‘Supply Chain Risk’ won the Mention Speciale ACA-Bruel Prize for supply chain literature in 2014.


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Navigating E-commerce Logistics: Trends, Challenges, and Projections

In 2022, the e-commerce logistics sector saw a significant downturn, largely due to a normalization in e-commerce sales. After the exceptional surge in online shopping during the pandemic, consumer behaviour gradually reverted to pre-pandemic patterns, affecting demand within the e-commerce logistics industry.

Volatile air freight rates and market uncertainty

The air freight market is as volatile as ever. Some of the trends that are obscured include the buoyancy of semiconductor demand earlier on in the year combined with the collapse in health-care related cargoes. The movements in these sectors has been violent, both up and down. Yet it is still the US consumer that smooths everything out of the top-line trends.