Title: Multimodal logistics for Indian automotive sector

Authors: A.S. Balakrishnan; Jayshree Suresh

Addresses: School of Management Department, SRM University, Kattankulathur – 603203, Tamil Nadu, India ' Hand in Hand Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, No. 33, 48th Street, 9th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai – 600 083, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: In the developing countries like India, to support and sustain any future growth, adequate road and rail infrastructure is required. Investment in infrastructure, use of multiple transportation modes to increase the supply chain efficiencies and green innovation in logistics are the solutions. This research study comprises the conceptual framework on the multimodal logistics practices to improve logistics performance, descriptive statistics of multimodal transportation using rail and road mode and a case study on Ford India's finished vehicle distribution using multimodal network. Research outcome reveals an increasing interest towards multimodal logistics in Indian automotive to improve logistics performance, transport attributes from framework aligned with key performance indicators from the case study.

Keywords: multimodal logistics; logistics performance; rail and road; green innovation; finished vehicle distribution; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENM.2017.10008287

International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, 2017 Vol.8 No.3, pp.270 - 289

Received: 07 Jan 2017
Accepted: 17 Feb 2017

Published online: 05 Oct 2017 *

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