Strategic planning usually covers 2-3 years time span. Long range planning of more than 3 years ahead of time is not a common practice. The reason is that it requires significant amount of data and method to interpret the data. If long range planning is done properly, logistics company will know what kind of product or service they should pursue, what kind of distribution network they have to develop, what kind of infrastructure they have to invest in and how they can develop capabilities of the organization.
In order to determine the future of logistics industry in quick and efficient manner, I've done a lot of literature survey and found 3 interesting articles. The first article is called "Transportation and Logistics 2030" by Pwc and the second article is called "Scenario Planning for Logistics An Experts' View for 2025" by Supply Management Institute. Both articles use Delphi Method to predict the future. The last paper is called "Third-Party Logistics:A Literature Review" from Marasco 2007. Data is then extracted, evaluated and summarized into the infographic that is easier to follow.
Posted by Ben Benjabutr, the editor of SupplyChainOpz.com