Helping Businesses to Be a Bit More Competitive; Health Wales Is Highlighting the Work of Welsh Crucible Researchers - the Cream of Welsh Research Talent. Dr Yingli Wang Explains How She Hopes Her Research Could Transform Logistics into an Unsung Hero
LOGISTICS is about delivering the right goods to the right place at the right time.
Just imagine what our world would be without logistics - supermarkets without food, libraries without books, hospitals without equipment and medicines.
Logistics is essentially what happens behind the scenes to allow the public to access goods and services. Because of this, the public only has a modest understanding of the logistics industry and often takes for granted the benefits it has brought to our society.
In Wales, logistics and freight transport play a significant role in the Welsh economy, accounting for up to 7% of employment and contributing approximately pounds 2.5bn per year.
Unlike my two-and-a-half-year-old son, who's obsessed with trucks, I wasn't interested in the movement of goods at all in the early years of my life - when I was in primary school, I wanted to become a novelist; later my passion about food led me choose to study food chemistry.
It wasn't until I was doing my MBA study, after working at Nestle for more than eight years, that I became fascinated by the powerful impact logistics practices have on businesses.
Managing logistics is full of challenges. Growing environmental concerns, increasing fuel prices and road congestion require new solutions. My research explores how recent ad-vances in information and communication technology could be harnessed for innovative logistics provisions.
This will lead to not only improved competitiveness but also fewer empty trucks on the road, which means lower CO2 emission and less congestion.
Some industries - like music and film - have been totally transformed by ICT. …