Transport Industry Must Re-Think Risk, Networks Post-Recession

  Transport Industry Must Re-Think Risk, Networks Post-Recession

Oliver Wyman Journal Shows Crisis Forced Industry Improvement

Business Wire

PRINCETON, N.J. -- November 16, 2012

The recession hit the transport and logistics industry hard, but opened
opportunities for the smartest and most agile companies to grow.

Some companies are finding surprising ways to cut costs. Others are finding
new ways to use the assets they already own to boost profit. Understanding and
managing business risk is proving to be more beneficial than ever.

In the fall 2012 edition of Oliver Wyman’s Transport & Logistics journal,
experts with the Surface Transportation Practice examine trends during and
after the recession. Among their findings:

  *In the area of contract logistics, the economic crisis led to greater
    concentration on core business models and focus on industry-specific
  *Logistics network managers are shifting away from the complex modeling
    that can cause information overload. Instead, collaboration between sales
    and operations departments is helping to meet customer needs.
  *For dense city cores, consolidating freight outside the city onto fewer
    trucks may be a way to boost traffic speeds, cut carbon dioxide emissions,
    and reduce the need for road construction.
  *Railway maintenance, often considered an expensive drag on operations, can
    be a source of added network capacity if done right.
  *In public transit, commuter and urban transport agencies are learning to
    trim costs through better life cycle cost modeling and procurement
    optimization for fleets.
  *Governments could free up more than $5 trillion by 2030 for other purposes
    by better managing the risks inherent in infrastructure investments.

The Oliver Wyman Transport & Logistics journal is available at

For further information or to arrange an interview with one of the authors,
contact Kevin Foy at

About Oliver Wyman

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consultancies in the world dedicated to the transportation industry. The
practice has a professional staff of more than 100 partners and consultants
worldwide. It provides a comprehensive set of services and capabilities to
transportation carriers, and to the users and regulators of transportation
services, across the full range of the transportation sector.

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cities across 25 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with
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