Title: Service quality determinants of the container haulage industry: an empirical study in Malaysia

Authors: D.N. Shariff; K. Jayaraman; Muhammad Zaly Shah; A.H. Saharuddin

Addresses: University Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia ' Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 11800 Penang, Malaysia ' University Technology Malaysia, Malaysia ' University Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Abstract: The international shipping trade has emerged to be a growth enabler of globalisation, playing a crucial role in the economy and development of many countries, such as Malaysia. To support the industry, the Malaysian Government liberalised policies to develop the container haulage industry, but some issues still exist. The present study focuses on retention behaviour of consignees who use container haulage services in major Malaysian ports. The findings reveal that customers retain the same container haulage company provided overall service quality is maintained at an acceptable standard. The safety and security of goods transported by haulage companies are the highest priorities of customers. However, customers also reported that haulage service providers need to show professionalism in human resources competency, employee-customer relations, appropriate pricing for expected service delivery, and information databases.

Keywords: container haulage industry; logistics service quality; professionalism; Malaysia; consignee retention behaviour; safety goods; goods security; human resources competency; employee-customer relations; pricing; service delivery; information databases.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2016.073317

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2016 Vol.8 No.1, pp.66 - 80

Received: 16 Jan 2014
Accepted: 14 Nov 2014

Published online: 14 Nov 2015 *

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