The Global Value of Distribution Networks and Logistic Opportunities
Purpose: The present study aims to investigate the development and functioning of the distribution networks around the world. The study examines current development trends based on the Logistics Performance Index reports and Emerging Market Logistics Index surveys, identifies contemporary challenges of distribution networks in different countries, and analyses features of transport infrastructure in Ukraine. Design/Methodology/Approach: Based on a cluster analysis of European countries by the Logistics Performance Index and consideration of cases of the formation of transport and logistics centers of Europe, the main trends in the development of the logistics sector have been identified. Findings: The study has examined features of domestic distribution network establishment and maintenance. Conclusions have been made regarding its efficiency and opportunities on domestic and global scale. Current global economic trends allow predicting further domestic and regional collaboration as well as international partnership in this field which would be supplemented by multimodal transport hubs. Recommendations for improving the design process of the national network of transport and logistics centers have been developed. Practical Implications: The research raises awareness of the transformation of transport and logistics systems in the world is carried out under the influence of the integration of Industry 4.0. Information flows on the movement of goods and services as well as customers’ needs form a new logistics sector. The new concept of Logistics 4.0 defines the prospects for the development of transport and logistics systems and requires the study of future trends. Originality/Value: The study highlights prospects of development of transport and logistics systems and stimulating factors of irreversible transformations have been defined.