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Final approach: Heathrow Airport prepares to land its third runway

– How and why Europe’s largest airport plans to manage a major expansion.

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Four forces to watch in trucking and rail freight

– North America’s freight-transport markets are back on track. But executives shouldn’t overlook structural shifts in the sector’s... profit pools.
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Ports and shipping: The need for solutions that cross lines

– Despite—or because of—low rates, service is bad and shippers are angry. The port-and-shipping sector must and can... improve, not only for shippers, but also for the lines and ports themselves.
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Air freight 2025: Agility, speed, and partnerships

– Companies in the sector must become as agile as possible, maintain air freight’s speed advantage, and deepen their partnerships.
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The (ongoing) trouble with travel distribution: Customer experience

– The industry’s rapid evolution continues unabated. To profit through this turbulence, leaders must focus on what really matters—the... customer.
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Salvation or misleading temptation—low-cost brands of legacy airlines

– We’ve seen this before: while separate in-house LCC brands seem promising, few have thrived. Success requires a clear rationale,... rigorous follow-through ... and ensuring the right answer is not to transform the mainline brand.
Commentary

Between ROIC and a hard place: The puzzle of airline economics

– At a recent symposium of the International Air Transport Association, McKinsey’s Alex Dichter delved into airlines’... tangled finances.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

An ‘Uber’ for Chinese e-commerce

– Logistics companies are struggling to match delivery capacity to fluctuating demand. A new social-media platform could help.
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The alliance shuffle and consolidation: Implications for shippers

– McKinsey was invited to give a keynote speech at the October 2016 TPM Asia conference, in Shenzhen. Steve Saxon spoke to an audience... of shippers and shipping lines on their sector’s recent changes.
Report

Indian railways: On the fast track to growth

– The world’s third-largest rail network is at an inflection point. The Indian Government has laid out a number of initiatives to... transform the sector: this report examines Indian Railways’ challenges and opportunities as it seeks to accelerate investment, diversify operations, and improve customer satisfaction.
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How customer demands are reshaping last-mile delivery

– The last mile is seeing disruption from new business models that address customer demand for ever-faster delivery, as well as... new technologies such as drones and autonomous ground vehicles.
Report

Can inbound tourism fuel Japan’s economic growth?

– The country struggles to attract Western visitors, tourists focus on limited destinations, and capacity is already stretched.... Addressing these challenges could significantly boost the world’s third-largest economy.

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