Exclusive interview with Prof. Michael Browne, Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg.
Michael Browne is a visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg. Prior to this appointment he was Professor of Transport and Logistics at the University of Westminster for 25 years. He is involved in the VREF Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems and is also a member of the US TRB Committee for Urban Freight Transportation. He chairs the Central London Freight Quality Partnership.
SHD Logistics (SHD): As Professor of Transport and Logistics at the University of Westminster for 25 years you have influenced today’s supply chain leaders and world class operations. What do you consider to be the major achievements in the UK logistics industry over the same period?
Michael: Major achievements include the contribution of the logistics industry to making supply chains more sustainable in reducing environmental impacts during the past 25 years. Coping with the rapid changes in retailing - including home delivery and click and collect has shown how adaptable and responsive the industry can be.
SHD: What changes and developments are you expecting/predicting for the logistics industry over the next five years?
Michael: There will be closer links between the logistics industry and public sector policy-makers in order to achieve the ambitious goals for more liveable cities in the next five years. Research will have to play a supporting role in this development.