45-46/2018 New insights from the road
The German poet Peter Sirius (1858–1913) let us know that if you go walking a lot, then you’ll come back well-versed. The ITJ’s editorial team has long shared this view; as often as possible we try to include a presence at the logistics industry’s hotspots in our everyday writing and analysis work.
At Tiaca’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto in October, Andreas Haug encountered an industry that is brimming with self-confidence. Airfreight is doing well; its representatives are convinced that they’ll be able to master the coming transformations from a position of strength. The fact that the ACF would have been happy to welcome more participants does not necessarily have to be interpreted negatively.
The German Logistics Congress was better attended, as I found out in Berlin last fortnight. The mood was one of confidence at the most important industry meeting for the country that stylises itself as the logistics world champion. Everyone from tip to toe, from economics minister to SME manager, agreed that the good state of the logistics sector is set to continue for a while.
The situation in Turkey is not quite so rosy. In our Special (from page 29) we report on an economy groaning under the weight of the devaluation of the lira, which also has an impact on logisticians. Some protagonists hope that Istanbul’s newly-opened airport will offer some impulses. The latest challenges for the segment are likely to be at the centre of discussions at Istanbul’s Logitrans trade fair in mid-November.
Iran, which is struggling with the latest US sanctions, is at the heart of our second Special (from page 35), which thus also has an anti-cyclical function. The country should not be written of on account of the current turbulence.