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New Book: Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth 

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Yossi Sheffi’s book Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth provides in-depth coverage on logistics clusters located throughout the world; however, the scope goes deeper to address overcoming economic challenges.  Sheffi argues the development of and investment in logistics clusters are part of the solution because logistics clusters serve a multitude of manufacturers, retailers and distributors. They are not dependent on any one industry and therefore can play a leading role in easing unemployment pressures by not only creating, but sustaining jobs.

Sheffi, a professor of engineering systems at MIT and director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, also explains what differentiates logistics clusters from other industrial clusters. He also looks at how logistics clusters add value by generating industrial activities, and outlines why firms, as well as local and regional governments, should invest in such clusters.

This nontechnical book is based on primary research including interviews and data collection from logistics hubs around the world, including those found in Singapore, China, Germany, Holland, Spain, Panama, Brazil, Chicago, New York, Miami, Louisville, Memphis, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles and more. Sheffi describes the mechanisms necessary for the formation, growth, and success of these clusters.

The book also answers the questions: Why is Memphis home to hundreds of motor carrier terminals and distribution centers? Why does the tiny island-nation of Singapore handle a fifth of the world’s maritime containers and half the world’s annual supply of crude oil? Which jobs can replace lost manufacturing jobs in advanced economies?

For complete details, visit http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/logistics-clusters-0.


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