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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
75 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2011 Future Supply Chains 2020 ALC, in concert with a Sponsor Group of T&L industry stakeholders, produced a report that examines key influences, forces and drivers that are likely to influence the industry in the next decade. The report, Future Supply Chains 2020, has used that information to develop a roadmap for the Australian supply chains. Key forces and influences that will shape the supply chain of the future include: External economic, environmental, social and political » pressures that may force refinements to existing business models; Impending risks to the continuity of energy supplies » and recognition of the commercial, economic and social sustainability impacts that need to be addressed; Emerging internal industry pressures are forcing » reconsideration of existing business and technical operating assumptions in search of competitive advantage; and Global supply chain trends are placing new pressures » on regulatory frameworks. A failure to adapt will see the T&L industry lose cost efficiency, value effectiveness and environmental sustainability, with effects on the Australian economy’s international competitiveness. The group believes that thinking on these issues generated in other countries could assist Australia’s supply chains to be economically productive and environmentally sustainable. An example was the Future Supply Chain 2016 by the Global Commerce Initiative – a report that, suitably adapted to Australian conditions, could provide insights and perspectives for Australia. One of the major themes was the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders in different seg- ments of the supply chain. The group recognises, however, that such close cooperation would require extensive changes to legislation. Future Supply Chains 2020 was commissioned to determine which European recommendations could be applied in an Australian context and which would need further consideration and engagement by stakeholders. There are four key areas where work would be necessary for application of these recommendations in Australia: remoteness and regional issues; high urban density; new delivery modes; and supply chain collaboration despite historical commercial and regulatory constraints. The study examined how the differences between European and Australian conditions could be bridged.