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International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (IJLEG)

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International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (6 papers in press)

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  • Identification of Issues in the Cold Chain of Indian Frozen Food   Order a copy of this article
    by Madhu Arora, Rupesh Kumar, Totakura Bangar Raju 
    Abstract: Owing to various challenges present in the entire frozen food cold chain, a necessity arises to study the cold chain of frozen food in India. The exploratory study encompasses of an exhaustive review of existing literature and attempts to explicate the issues influencing the frozen food cold chain in India along with strategies suggested for tackling those issues. A conceptual model depicting the relation between the issues and cold chain performance has been proposed. The study found that cold chain infrastructure; traceability; sustainability; awareness and handling practices; safety and quality; responsiveness, and integration are the issues existing in the cold chain for frozen food products. Tackling the identified issues and challenges will benefit various stakeholders of the cold chain like the farmers, logistics service providers, cold storage service providers, packaging units, government, and processing units to know present status and issues for enhanced cold chain management of frozen food products.
    Keywords: frozen food; cold chain; integration; sustainability; traceability; responsiveness; cold chain awareness; safety; quality.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2023.10049129
  • A Case of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Supply Chain Performance Improvement: A System Dynamics modeling and analysis   Order a copy of this article
    by Ravindra Ojha 
    Abstract: Growth of agricultural food industry is critical to economy as it delivers the basic physiological necessity to human beings
    Keywords: fruits and vegetables supply chain; FVSC; system dynamics; value stream mapping; VSM; causal loop diagram; CLD; stock and flow diagram; SFD.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2023.10049561
  • Selection of Delivery and Distribution Mode through Analytical Hierarchy Process   Order a copy of this article
    by Md Salahuddin Ayuby, Arsalan Paleshi 
    Abstract: The goods flow strategy from suppliers to stores is a critical element in determining the success of a retailer in the highly digitalized market. There are multiple strategies for supplying goods from suppliers to stores. Different factors play important roles in the decision-making process. Each strategy has its own set of benefits and drawbacks in a specific business context. In this paper, we have compared five different strategies, and propose the right delivery and distribution mode for a home furnishing retailer, considering important factors such as customer satisfaction and cost. We have used the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to determine which delivery and distribution mode should be selected.
    Keywords: delivery mode; distribution mode; AHP; direct delivery; logistics; availability; supply chain; centralized distribution.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2023.10053778
  • Price Variabilities across Supply Chains: A Study Based on US Industry Census Data   Order a copy of this article
    by Libo Sun, Xiaohui Xu 
    Abstract: The bullwhip effect (BWE) predicts that the demand variabilities in the upstream supply chain are larger than those in the downstream operations. Many researchers have examined BWE behaviour and operational causes and countermeasures either via theoretical, experimental, or empirical studies. However, recent game theory modelling research indicates under certain conditions, a reverse bullwhip effect (RBE) in pricing may exist at some segments of a supply chain. Our research utilises the USA industry level price data to examine if a sector amplifies or dampens the price variances, identifying the existence of BWE or RBE in each sector. We further characterise major the USA domestic supply chains pricing variability pattern by using the simple price smoothing ratio and price trend smoothing ratio. Our empirical study enhances the theory of the BWE and reverse BWE by addressing the price volatilities along the supply chain based on a comprehensive dataset.
    Keywords: bullwhip effect; BWE; reverse bullwhip effect; RBE; price variabilities; price smoothing; empirical study; United States; USA.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2023.10052747
  • Supply Chain Digitalization of Retail in Africa’s Sub-Saharan Countries: Case of Cameroon   Order a copy of this article
    by HAPSATOU -, Hans-Dietrich Haasis, Victor Tsapi 
    Abstract: This paper aims to analyse and evaluate digitalisation in the supply chains of retail companies in Cameroon. To conduct the research, a case study of six retail companies is used to identify the digital tools used within the supply chain, as a methodological approach. As a result, the paper identifies the level of digitalisation of retail supply chains in Cameroon, which impacts the supply chain performance. Indeed, many retail companies have been successful due to the level of digitalisation (i.e., the degree of use of digital technologies) of their supply chains. Furthermore, the paper highlights the main challenges, some cultural and others infrastructural, slowing down the digitalisation process in the Cameroonian context. This paper contributes to research carried out in the field of supply chain digitalisation. In the literature, no study has yet been carried out in the Cameroonian context, in contrast to the numerous publications dealing with developed countries.
    Keywords: digital supply chain; retail supply chain; digitalisation in retail; information flow; information flow management.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2023.10053190
  • A study of Logistics Service Quality dimensions impacting customer satisfaction in instant food delivery: The Indian perspective   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: Logistics service quality (LSQ) has paramount importance in the case of instant delivery systems. The purpose of this study is to empirically evaluate the impact of LSQ factors (personnel contact quality, ordering procedures, timeliness, and order discrepancy handling) on perceived customer satisfaction in the context of an emerging business scenario, i.e., instant online food delivery. To study these relationships, various hypotheses are formulated, a causal model is developed, and primary data is collected from 226 Indian consumers. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and path analysis using structural equation modelling (SEM) have been performed to test the hypotheses. The findings indicate that timeliness is the most significant antecedent of customer satisfaction, followed by the ordering procedures and order discrepancy handling; however, the personnel contact quality dimension is not substantial in such a kind of phenomenon. Moreover, this study provides important insights for scholars and practitioners in the concerned field.
    Keywords: logistics service quality; LSQ; instant food delivery; customer satisfaction; confirmatory factor analysis; CFA; structural equation modelling; SEM; India.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2022.10053386