Insights on Travel, Logistics & Infrastructure


Spain’s travel sector can’t afford to wait to recover. What can stakeholders do?

– Unless steps are taken to stimulate recovery, more than $300 billion and 4.4 million jobs could be in jeopardy.

Shipping and carbon zero: An interview with Bo Cerup-Simonsen

– The CEO of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping explains what it will take for the industry... to decarbonize.

Back to the future? Airline sector poised for change post-COVID-19

– As they look beyond the pandemic, airlines need to grapple with five new realities—and devise strategies to adapt.

Airlines and debt: Dealing with the long-term burden of the pandemic

– At IATA’s World Financial Symposium, Alex Dichter provides three actions to de-lever airlines’ balance sheets.

China’s travel sector is undergoing a nonlinear recovery: What should companies do?

– Our latest survey of Chinese-traveler sentiment indicates there’s no straight path to recovery. We suggest three areas travel... companies can focus on to succeed.

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For corporate travel, a long recovery ahead

– Business travel is critical to many travel providers but will take a long time to return to previous levels after the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what the players that depend on it need to know.

Reimagining tourism: How Vietnam can accelerate travel recovery

– While domestic travel has kept the Vietnamese travel sector afloat, the industry needs to reinvent itself until international tourism resumes.

How to transform your airline

– Airline transformations are often necessary—and always difficult. We lay out five rules for success.

Airline data: What next beyond crisis response?

– Airlines used a wealth of new data sources in 2020. Strategy should now replace adrenaline as the fuel for decisions around data adoption and usage.



Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

– Amid the unforeseen effects of the pandemic on at-risk and lower-income communities, governments and organizations around the world must convene to ensure effective distribution of newly developed vaccines.

A fresh approach to logistics forecasting in 2021

– Ninety-one percent of surveyed executives acknowledge that forecasting in 2021 needs to look different. We outline one potential approach.

Getting the price right in logistics

– Reimagining the pricing cycle can be the most impactful lever for profitability in the logistics sector, and five steps to reform the entire pricing cycle can maximize the value.

Global freight flows after COVID-19: What’s next?

– COVID-19 will likely affect trade more profoundly than any other recent crisis. Leaders with a well-informed perspective on potential trade scenarios can begin their recovery from a position of strength.



The future of micromobility: Ridership and revenue after a crisis

– The COVID-19 crisis is causing serious disruptions to the multibillion-dollar micromobility industry. Our analysis indicates that a full recovery is possible, as long as companies prepare for the next normal.

Road work ahead: The emerging revolution in the road construction industry

– Four technology trends could help improve road functionality, construction, and maintenance, creating opportunities for greater safety, efficiency, and economic success.

Infrastructure tendering in the midst of COVID-19

– As the pandemic causes supply to outpace demand in tendering, project owners must adjust their approaches to consider new risks—and make the shifts the industry needs to move forward.

Digitizing Europe’s railways: A call to action

– The future of train traffic is digital. To accelerate the digitization of Europe’s railways—and thus secure the future of its railroad industry—stakeholders must change the way the industry operates.



Unlocking the omnichannel opportunity in contract logistics

– As e-commerce volumes surge, contract-logistics companies face increasing complexity. How can they capture more value in a $600... billion opportunity?

Is the world up to the challenge of mass COVID-19 vaccination?

– Amid the unforeseen effects of the pandemic on at-risk and lower-income communities, governments and organizations around the... world must convene to ensure effective distribution of newly developed vaccines.

NEF Spotlight: Mapping the travel sector’s recovery

– Bloomberg New Economy Forum and McKinsey & Company, Fall 2020

Did online delivery kill the vending machine?

– Not in Japan, says Costin Mandrea, the head of commercial at Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Inc., who’s making its vast network... of unmanned retailers smarter and more integrated into people’s daily lives.

Selecting infrastructure projects for the next normal

– Infrastructure projects can create jobs and spur economic growth—both critical as the world reckons with the fallout from... COVID-19. But budgets are tight, so which projects should be prioritized?

Indonesia’s Traveloka finds strength in local markets amid the pandemic

– Traveloka president Henry Hendrawan discusses how the online travel unicorn has rebounded by helping travelers in Southeast Asia... find—and finance—fun close to home.

‘Prepare for the marathon and be ready for the course to change’: An interview with the Boston Logan Airport CEO

– Massachusetts Port Authority CEO Lisa Wieland discusses why the contactless passenger journey is here to stay and how she’s building... agility and flexibility for her organization.

Scaling sustainable aviation fuel today for clean skies tomorrow

– The move to sustainable aviation is now an imperative.

Data will decide success in the next normal of bulk and tanker shipping

– COVID-19 and commodity-related trends are likely to depress medium-term demand, but companies that can leverage deep market insights... will have the opportunity to outperform in the postcrisis economy.
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Closing the capability gap in the time of COVID-19

– Building capabilities that durably change workforce behaviors has never been easy, and the pandemic has made it harder. But some... organizations have found approaches to thrive in recovery and beyond.

Will airline hubs recover from COVID-19?

– Connecting traffic has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. We believe the hub model will remain relevant postcrisis, but airlines... will need to update their operations and network strategies.
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