Macroeconomic indicators, common sense, and years of experience inform the very best management decisions. In addition, companies can now gain valuable insight into the global economy by tracking international trade dynamics.

We have recently launched the DHL Global Trade Barometer to help customers optimize business processes, improve capacity planning, and identify new business opportunities. Based on large amounts of logistics data analyzed with the help of artificial intelligence, this barometer can provide an early indication of turning points in global trade. Its initial release in January 2018 should therefore be of particular interest to engineering and manufacturing (E&M) companies.

Amidst many positive signs that manufacturing is back on a growth track, especially when I look at the projected earnings of several companies in this sector, there are hints that this momentum could be slowing. While world trade is considered to be in expansive mode with improved prospects for India, South Korea and Britain, our findings also point to weakening prospects for Chinese and Japanese trade.

E&M companies need to know what's coming next. The new DHL Global Trade Barometer is an effective tool to help companies better anticipate the future and, on this basis, take more educated decisions about increasing headcount and committing to other long-term investments. So I encourage and invite your organization to download this resource today. Quarterly updates of our Global Trade Barometer should provide greater transparency and predictability. Click here to access our first edition. In addition, please share your thoughts, comments and experiences about using logistics big data and predictive analytics in the comments section. Feel free to reach out to me and my team to continue this discussion.

Published: February 2018

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