The Shipping Point: The Rise of China and the Future of Retail Supply Chain Management
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Fascinating insights into the changing supply chain industry in China, from leading international experts

A fascinating look at the enormous changes taking place in China today as it evolves from global manufacturer to global consumer marketplace, The Shipping Point: The Rise of China and the Future of Retail Supply Chain Management explores how China's ascension will have a profound impact on the future of retail supply chain management. Bringing together the knowledge and expertise of leading supply chain and retail professionals from around the world to illuminate opportunities that are likely to develop over the next decade in China, the book is essential reading for anyone working with or looking to better understand how supply chains work.

Focusing on cutting edge logistics programs, processes, and technologies that will drive supply chain innovation in the twenty-first century, the book highlights innovative logistics programs that link the Asia Pacific manufacturing base, with international retailers and end consumers. Providing real examples of supply chain innovation in the marketplace to clearly illustrate the ideas in action, the book explores multi-country consolidation in China, strategies for greening the supply chain, supply chain & logistics IT systems, contingency planning strategy, and much more.

Explores the programs, processes, and technologies that will drive supply chain innovation in the years ahead, with a particular focus on ChinaIncorporates case studies contributed by retail executives and logistics industry professionals from around the worldHighlights innovative logistics programs that link the Asia Pacific manufacturing base with international retailers and end consumers

In The Shipping Point, international transportation and logistics expert Peter Levesque and a team of contributing authors provide practical expertise and insights into present and future opportunities for consumer retail and supply chain management—and what it will take to turn those opportunities into reality.


Peter Levesque has over 20 years of international transportation and logistics experience. He has been living and working in the Asia-Pacific region since 1996 and currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer for Modern Terminals Limited based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Modern Terminals Mr. Levesque served as senior vice president as CEVA Logistics and as regional vice president for DHL's international Supply Chain Group. In 2000, he co-founded V-Logic Limited, a niche 3PL company based in Hong Kong, and prior to V-Logic he held several management positions with American President Lines, including managing director of (ACS) APL Logistics for North Asia.
Mr. Levesque holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship for the Kellogg—HKUST MBA program, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's MBA program.
Please contact Peter Levesque at: [email protected] and



About the Contributors.

Foreword?John Pattullo.

Introduction?Peter Levesque.

Supply Chain Acronym Quick Reference Guide.


Chapter 1: China?s Great Comeback?Peter Levesque.

Chapter 2: The Development of China?s Economy & Infrastructure?Peter Levesque.

Chapter 3: The Development of China?s Human Capital?Peter Levesque.


Chapter 4: The Age of Consumer Participation?Peter Levesque.

Chapter 5: The Development of China?s Retail Sector and Brands?Peter Levesque.


Chapter 6: Unlocking Supply Chain Innovation?Peter Levesque.

Chapter 7: The Innovative Retail Supply Chain?Chris Robeson.

Chapter 8: The Role of People and Technology in Dynamic Supply Chains?Peter Levesque.

Chapter 9: Building Resilience and Sustainability into the China Supply Chain?Peter Levesque.


Chapter 10: SCM Leadership in China?Professor Steven DeKrey.

Chapter 11: Dynamic Supply Chains: The Origin Consolidation Model?Michael Jacobs.

Chapter 12: The Role of China Customs?Peter Levesque.

Chapter 13: Innovative Retail Supply Chain Process Flows?Peter Levesque.


Selected Bibliography.



"The Shipping Point is a must read for anyone involved in the dynamic, rapidly evolving field of supply chain management in China. Peter Levesque brings his considerable insight and experience together to form what will undoubtly be the definitive SCM reference guide for many years to come."
—Rob Chipman, CEO, Asian Tigers Mobility, Hong Kong

"You can't do business in China unless you understand China logistics. The Shipping Point provides a superb overview of this too-little understood fundamental. The key to China's integration into the world economy is supply chain management, and the fulcrum for that activity rests on an important point - The Shipping Point. For businesses that source from China or run China-oriented supply chains, this book is a must."
—Franklin L. Lavin, Chairman, Public Affairs, Edelman Asia Pacific; Former Undersecretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

"An ambitious capture of China's history and the evolution of Supply Chain strategies. A must read for anyone involved in global supply chain! I was impressed by the amount of valuable information. Well done!"
—Jack Keating, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Transformation, The Timberland Company

"Peter Levesque clearly explains what remains the most important topic in logistics today - the role of China in sourcing retail goods destined for consumer markets around the world. This book takes the reader through all the major issues involved in china's continuing dominant role as the world's factory floor, and should be required reading for anyone hoping to understand today's globalized consumer product supply chains."
—Peter Tirschwell, Senior Vice President, UBM Global Trade / The Journal of Commerce

"China is no longer just a major source of products for the world, it is a rapidly growing market itself. For retail and logistics executives thinking about expanding into China, The Shipping Point provides insightful perspectives on what China's evolution into a robust consumer economy means to the future of supply chain management."
—Richard R. Vuylsteke, President, The American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)