Staying ahead in your industry
In today’s business world, staying competitive often means having an optimized supply chain. SCMO serves all industries involved in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management.
Clients may be related to the logistics and transportation industry directly or indirectly. They may also be part of the global supply chain in some capacity and servicing these industries. Whatever your industry, our global network of professionals can provide you with highly responsive advice that meets your logistics, transportation, supply chain management, and advisory needs.
You may need our services and not be mentioned here. This list includes some of the most frequent industries & clients we serve, but not all. As our services are always offered made-to-order, we shall be delighted to meet with you, understand your needs, and cross-reference them with the services we offer.
We are always available to answer your queries and assist you with your logistics, transportation, and supply chain management challenges, whatever they may be.
Outsourcing logistics expertise
We provide specialized services in the domain of logistics, transportation, and supply chain management. Through these services, we can help you choose your investments, evaluate your projects, complete your business plans, build your operations, improve your process, secure your assets, understand litigation cases, retain the confidence of investors, manage your risk, find creative solutions, strengthen your controls, and achieve your potential.
Whether your focus is on business transformation or sustaining achievement, having the right advisors on your side can make all the difference. We understand that to achieve your potential as an organization you require services that respond to your specific issues, so we bring our broad sector experience and deep subject matter knowledge to bear in a proactive and objective way.
Our advisors are experienced and talented people with a shared way of working and commitment to quality. This allows us to put together a team that can give you the seamless service you need, wherever you are in the world.
The transportation sector is also called the logistics industry. It represents more than USD 3 trillion. That is 5% of the world's GDP. It has known an average growth of 7% per year for the past 20 years. Its evolution follows that of the evolution of commerce and exchanges. Local, national, regional, and global. It is a measure of the stage of integration of human societies globally. With the sustained growth of international exchanges, we have seen a sustained growth of cargo transportation by sea and air. With the sustained growth of tourism, we have seen an explosion of air transportation as well. At SCMO we only focus on cargo transportation.
Cargo transportation also includes rail and road transportation. While rail is both national and regional, it is limited by its infrastructure capacity, and the time and cost to expand it. Rail heavily relies on infrastructure, land ownership, legal system, government regulation, licenses, and a vast number of stakeholders. Road is more of a local, national, and sometimes regional means of transportation, and is highly flexible. It adapts easily to the infrastructure available, or lack thereof, and the markets' evolution. Trucks are produced daily, while ships and planes need to be carefully planned and financed. Air also depends on regulations and airports capacity, while sea depends on seaports capacity.
Globally, the cost of transportation increases from sea (rivers/ canals), to rail, to road, and to air. There are exceptions due to infrastructure unbalances. The transportation industry accessibility is easy with road, while is becomes very costly with sea and air, and extremely costly with rail. This accessibility dictates each transportation mode profitability. Very low for road, higher for sea and air, and usually regulated for rail. Each transportation mode's cycles naturally regulates each sector, unless governments have their say.
When considering the complete supply chain globally, we contemplate a mix of the logic of nexus, with that of modular matrix, that of modes of transportation, and that of national, regional, and global strategy. The supply chain state of evolution in a region is a representation of the understanding of our social and economic ecosystem in that region.
It always adapts to local factors, such as the Dabbawala network in India. It adapts to geographical & social factors, such as Hong Kong, Antwerp, and Singapore ports, Panama and Egypt canals, or landlocked Switzerland. It adapts to isolation such as Alaska airfreight hub, or as the resources industry must do. It can often transform a perceived challenge as a competitive advantage and growth opportunity, such as landlocked countries, regional hubs, logistics parks, special economic zones, alliances, niche markets, e-commerce, sustainability, tender management...etc.
The transportation industry is also perceived in a more inclusive way. Henceforth the rise of the term "logistics" that encompasses both transportation and warehousing. Henceforth the rise of the term "supply chain" that encompasses both transportation and warehousing along the chain-of-supply. Henceforth the logic of "multi-modal" that is facilitated by the concept of containers and internationalization, but also by a better overview and understanding of the transportation industry ecosystem.
At SCMO we help you adapt to the ever-changing market, create competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. We work with all industries directly and indirectly related with the logistics industry. We help you evaluate, assess, understand, study, take distance, audit, train, tender, implement, and mitigate risk with the only aim to developing growth strategies, and capturing new opportunities.
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Who are we?
SCMO is a global logistics consulting firm. We are the trusted advisor to world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions for any logistics related challenge.
We help them make better decisions, sometimes implement those decisions, and manifest success where there was uncertainty. We are what is called a 4th Party Logistics Provider (4PL) in the logistics industry. We are not a generalist in global management consulting, but a specialist in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management consulting.
We differentiate ourselves from the other global management consulting firms, through two aspects. First we are a specialist, and only consult on logistics, transportation, and supply chain management. Nothing else. Second we originate from the logistics industry itself rather than from the consulting industry. Our people all come from the industry with at least 20 years experience. Many of us have 30 to 40 years in-depth logistics experience.
This allows us to deliver seamless and complete, while often simple solutions to complex logistics challenges. Our in-depth and practical experience brings you the benefits of having tried most solutions in the past, and the pragmatic realization of what works and what doesn’t. We share with you the benefits and lessons of our life and experience in the logistics industry, in a way that is clearly understandable and easily implementable.
SCMO publishes across a variety of platforms, and all of our external content is available via the Publications section of this website. This includes stand-alone articles, white papers, reports, newsletters, and knowledge & insights in English language. Most access is free, and all content is copyrighted either by SCMO or by their original publisher.
Explore our publications, use and download for free information on the issues that matter to you. You are welcome to share this information with friends and colleagues, who shall benefit from it. You are also welcome to share the links to our library and introduce SCMO website by using the social media icons available. SCMO Publications is home to:
- Logistics data sheets: Those allow you to know all details of export & import duties, taxes, regulations, and exceptions of an HS code/ product from any country to any country in the most precise details.
- Logistics newsletter: These articles are written on subjects related to the logistics world as we see it. Globally, regionally, and locally. From various angles including financial, legal, infrastructure, operational, regulatory, strategic, sectorial, analytical...etc.
- Cultural newsletter: This newsletter is focused on the economical, social, and cultural aspects of the ecosystem in which we constantly bathe, and which defines us. Indeed it impacts indirectly but also constantly the variables of the logistics industry in each region of the world.
- SCMO newsletter: This newsletter concerns SCMO as an advisory firm, and our offering of services specialized in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management. We highlight new services, new people, new offices, new milestones, and new events.
- Insight & knowledge: Mostly insights, facts, figures, links, and contacts we consider essential in the logistics, transportation, and supply chain management industry. This is a "must-have" in every practitioner's hand-book in the logistics sector.
- Logistics training: You shall find here training videos relative to the logistics industry.
- Logistics infrastructure: You shall find here videos relative to the logistics industry infrastructure, as well as Earth infrastructure, as transportation and logistics is directly depending on it.
- Transportation traffic visualization: These videos allow you to visualize the intensity and complexity of multimodal transportation on our planet.
- Weather monitoring: Here is a marvelous live weather monitoring system that allows you to know all weather conditions, anywhere on the planet, and with every depth, details, and precision you wish.
The creation of knowledge supports SCMO’s core mission: helping our clients achieve distinctive, lasting, and substantial performance improvements. We publish our people's insights and those of external experts to help advance the practice of logistics and provide leaders with facts on which to base business and policy decisions. Views expressed by third-party authors are theirs alone.
This information, tools, and knowledge do not replace in anyway SCMO advisors professional advice. For any further question, please do not hesitate to contact our office nearest to you.
SCMO has 40+ offices in 25+ countries, which allows us to have a global perspective of logistics flows, customs, infrastructure, and ecosystems. Whichever office you call gives you access to the whole firm. Wherever you are, we look forward to making your acquaintance. Find the telephone and address details of an office near you through our global office locations.
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