John Manners-Bell Info

John Manners-BellJohn started his working life as an operations manager in a freight forwarding and road haulage company based in the UK. Prior to establishing Transport Intelligence, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics.

He also spent a number of years as European marketing manager for UPS Supply Chain Solutions working at locations across Europe including France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. He holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster and is an Associate of King's College London. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Member of the Logistics Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum.

John has travelled widely, undertaking research and speaking at conferences in countries including China, Hong Kong, India, Japan as well as in the Middle East, USA and extensively throughout Europe. He is regularly quoted in the international and trade media as well as on radio and television.

Latest Articles

  • 30/04/2015   John Manners-Bell reflects on XPO Logistics’ acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle

    News broke overnight that XPO Logistics and Norbert Dentressangle have entered into an agreement for XPO Logistics to acquire a majority interest in Norbert Dentressangle and launch a tender offer for the remaining shares in a deal with a total value of €3.24bn.

  • 24/06/2014   ASOS warehouse disaster reveals hidden costs of supply chain risk

    The fire which occurred on Friday night (20 June 2014) at the global distribution centre of online retailer, ASOS, highlights many of the risks to which modern supply chains are exposed, according to Ti’s CEO John Manners-Bell.

  • 25/11/2013   Transformation of the logistics industry has just begun, says new book

    The global logistics market has evolved rapidly over the past two decades from one characterised by multiple, fragmented and independent transport and warehousing functions, to one in which diversified conglomerates dominate.

  • 18/06/2013   Contract logistics ‘needs a new mindset’, says Ti’s latest report

    The global contract logistics market grew by 3.4% in 2012 to €159.35bn, the latest report ‘Global Contract Logistics 2013’, from industry experts, Transport Intelligence, has found.

  • 18/05/2013   Stifel Logistics Confidence Index holds just above 50 despite second consecutive decline

    The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index continued its downward trend in May as it fell for the second consecutive month.

  • 20/04/2013   Forwarders’ volumes continue to fall below expectations

    Following five consecutive monthly increases, the overall Stifel Logistics Confidence Index fell 1.0 index points to 51.5 in April. Despite the decline, the index remained above the significant 50 mark, denoting expansion, for the third consecutive month.

  • 17/03/2013   Despite a shortfall in current volumes, forwarders remain hopeful of market turnaround

    The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index increased for the fifth consecutive month in March according to the latest survey undertaken by Transport Intelligence. The index for the current and expected situation combined was up 0.4 points to 52.5 in March compared with 52.1 in February.

  • 20/02/2013   Chinese New Year bolsters confidence in the logistics industry

    The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index increased for the fourth consecutive month in February 2013, according to the latest survey undertaken by Transport Intelligence. The index combining both the current and expected situation rose 3.3 points to 52.1 from 48.8 in January.

  • 06/02/2013   Asia Pacific logistics market transforming, suggests new report

    Asia Pacific’s logistics industry continues to develop at a fast rate despite the economic weakness of its two largest trade partners – the EU and the US. Ti’s latest report, Asia Pacific Transport & Logistics 2013, suggests that shifting trade lanes, the growth of the ASEAN community and intra-regional trade have prompted a transformation of the region’s logistics market and significant investment by logistics providers.

  • 02/08/2012   New Apple product releases a mixed blessing for forwarders

    With a series of new product launches expected from Apple in the next couple of months, air cargo rates could once again soar, whilst forwarders struggle to service their existing clients.

  • 26/06/2012   Understanding the Dynamics of Supply Chain Threat

    External threats to supply chains have received considerable attention following the well-publicised natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. However, understanding of these risks is at a very early stage.

  • 20/06/2012   Look beyond BRIC for real opportunities

    Speaking at the TOC Container Supply Chain Conference in Belgium last week, I highlighted the opportunities which exist in the emerging world but added that, in my opinion, smart investment would target the smaller, but faster growing niche markets.

  • 18/05/2012   Out-sourcing to Asia ‘not an unstoppable trend’

    A paper ‘Relocating the value chain: off-shoring and agglomeration in the global economy’, authored by Richard Baldwin and Anthony Venables, describes the process of un-bundling and fragmentation of manufacturing which has resulted in the globalization of supply chains.

  • 03/05/2012   Russia must improve logistics to release potential

    I recently spoke at the Horasis-organised Global Russia Business Meeting in Luxembourg about prospects for the Russian logistics sector and the systemic challenges it faces.

  • 03/03/2012   Plunge in China’s high tech exports growth spells trouble for air carriers

    Latestt official figures provide an insight into why China’s air cargo sector has been struggling. In 2011 the export growth of China's electronic products fell by 17.4 percentage points.

  • 28/02/2012   Apple's controversy highlights nature of contemporary supply chains

    Apple has had a mixed year so far. On the good side, its recent results have made it the largest company in the world in terms of capitalisation, overtaking Exxon. On the not so good side, it has been at the centre of a scandal about working conditions at the company to whom it outsources the assembly of its iPhones and iPads.

  • 15/02/2012   The logistics of online shopping faces major growing pains

    The internet retailing revolution has brought enormous benefits to the global express and logistics sectors. The online shopping market now accounts for almost a fifth of all purchases in some developed markets, and is growing at anything between 15-20% a year in Europe and the US and around 75% a year in China.