Positive outlook despite tariffs and trade barriers
But despite some Cassandra and siren voices heard at the BVL Congress, the Berlin-held event clearly showed the adaptability of the logistics industry in a fast-changing political and economic
environment, threatened by tariffs and unilateralism. Also the industry’s ability to identify and react to new trends is remarkable, emphasized various panelists. While in recent years, topics
such as complexity, costs and cooperation stood on top of the industry’s agenda, now it’s mainly about sustainability, new technologies, robotic systems, disruptive business models, artificial
intelligence, and new requirements for personnel management and personnel development. “We have a close eye on this: humans and machines are gradually becoming partners in a social networked
industry,” exclaimed BVL’s CEO Robert Blackburn.
The overall economic conditions for this gradually changed industrial focus are positive and BVL’s latest logistics indicator reflects a cautiously optimistic mood. “Despite all prophecies of
doom – and despite the small economic slump last summer: The logistics sector remains on its successful course,” Mr Blackburn exclaimed.