Governments have realised that logistics infrastructure and processes are critical to trade facilitation and as a result, more and more countries are investing in the development of global logistics hubs as a means of attracting inward investment for economic growth and or diversification. The development of logistics hubs gives rise to big infrastructure systems as new multimodal land, rail and sea terminals and lines are built. They also create an upsurge for a host of new services ranging from logistics to new schools, hospitals, residential and industrial areas. These developments present new challenges from a socio-economic and also environmental aspect. Research questions to be answered are numerous: How can these developments be coordinated and integrated from a project and logistics perspective? What are the types of services to be offered? How can advances in IT, analytical models, data analytics and other relevant research areas, contribute to the overall to the success of these systems and the well-being of people living in these areas?
The emergence of the economy of variety and reactivity, the increase of the competition and the rapid technological change require an evolution towards new paradigms in the fields of supply chain and project management. In search of performance, firms adopt new logistic strategies and project organizations oriented not only towards technical excellence and optimization but also towards innovation.