Shift happens

Being in the information business has both its advantages and disadvantages. Access to interesting and informed industry executives, a constant flow of information crossing my desk are among the stimulating perks.


Shift happens


Being in the information business has both its advantages and disadvantages. Access to interesting and informed industry executives, a constant flow of information crossing my desk are among the stimulating perks. Information overload is the downside. But then again, news gathering, filtering, repackaging and building upon all this information is what I and my correspondents around the globe are paid for. Sometimes however a real gem of a story or other bit of information comes along that makes me pause in admiration.

This very phenomenon occurred not long ago when I received a very interesting white paper written by the CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, Sebastiaan Scholte who is concurrently the secretary general of the Cool Chain Association. The paper, leaning towards a political economy analysis is nearly six pages of facts, analysis and commentary has, I must confess, lingered on my desktop for at least a couple of weeks because of the need to suitably condense to fit into the magazine. While I will squeeze it down and squeeze it into the magazine, which has fierce competition for page space, I thought it salient to highlight some of the interesting issues it raises in the meantime. Take it as a ‘food for thought’ item, which we will develop more fully in a coming issue.