International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation
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International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (7 papers in press)
Identification of Issues in the Cold Chain of Indian Frozen Food 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 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 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.
Opinion mining to win consumers in the e-commerce space – a case study approach by Santhosh Kumar Arjunan, Punniyamoorthy Murugesan, Ernest Johnson Abstract: The word 'social media' where social refers to an interaction between individual or business to actively share their opinion about topics of common interests and the word media refers to the channel where this information sharing occurs. Though the age of social media was more than two decades, in recent years the traction for using this information for decision making saw a huge surge. This paper explains one of the aspects of how the opinion of the customers affects the business and how business leverages this information to make decisions. This research evaluates not only product reviews on a whole but also focused on the different aspects or features that contributed to the positive or negative reviews by using customised domain-specific libraries. Also, this paper uses a hybrid custom kernel function for opinions mining. Finally, we measured the performance of the product at two different time frames and their impact. Keywords: opinion mining; similarity distance kernel; hybrid kernel functions; e-commerce; product reviews. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2022.10048878
Impact assessment of logistics management practices on supply chain management performance in the automobile industry in India by Jagdeep Singh, Shivoham Singh, Mamta Kumari Abstract: Logistics is the core and backbone of the supply chain management (SCM) in any business. Currently, automobile and related businesses are struggling to optimise inventory and warehouse activities, error proof warehouse operations, properly optimised transport and distribution with customised vehicles, all-time damage free deliveries and real-time visibility, business processes integrations through right technology to minimise procedural wastes, and real-time information sharing across the stakeholders. The aim of the study was to understand the impacts of logistics management (LM) practices on SCM performance and the results imply that logistics management practices have high correlation and direct impact on SCM performance. The research concluded that proper use and optimisation of LM practices result improved supply chain performance which is desired for each business as it increases the overall profitability and customer satisfaction. Keywords: logistics management; LM; supply chain management; SCM; LM practices; supply chain; supply chain management performance; SCMPer; India. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2022.10048880
Performance assessment of seaport container terminals of India using data envelopment analysis by Binay Kumar Rajak, Amit Upadhyay Abstract: This study provides a systematic investigation of the performance of India's seaport container terminals. The aim of this study is to assess the terminals' performance by evaluating their relative efficiencies using data envelopment analysis along with the window analysis for the sensitivity of the results. Our analysis identifies efficient and inefficient terminals and evaluates their efficiency over time. We find that landlord-operated terminals managed by major ports located on the western coast are better performing than private terminals managed by minor ports on the eastern coast. However, two landlord-operated terminals of major ports on the eastern coast are found to be the most efficient. Our study suggests the scope of improvement for the inefficient terminals and concludes with managerial insights for maritime transport stakeholders. Keywords: data envelopment analysis; DEA; container terminals; seaports; efficiency; port performance; benchmarking; window analysis. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2022.10048882
The correlation of firm and owner-operator family performance: analysis of the last-mile transport system in Mexico by Max Daniel Revuelta-López, Andrée Marie López-Fernández Abstract: In Mexico, the commercial relationship between owner-operator truck drivers and supply chains in the last-mile transport system is unbalanced; as contracting companies are favoured, transporters are disadvantaged which reduces competitiveness. Further, the impact of owner-operator truck drivers' families on company performance has been ignored. The alignment of a company's actions with owner-operator truck drivers' families' wellbeing, meaning work-family integration, implies creating an optimal environment for them to tend to their family responsibilities. The question is how does corporate family responsibility (CFR) impact owner-operator truck drivers' work-family balance and improve family performance? This empirical study shows that CFR is strongly associated with collaborators' family wellbeing, and owner-operator truck drivers' family performance correlates with the hiring firms' performance; further, the latter improves their work-family relationship and, in turn, their profitability. In other words, performance is positively impacted when all parties involved take an active role in wellbeing and productivity. The study contributes to previous literature on CFR, owner-operator truck driver and hiring company dynamics, family and firms' performance, as well as to the understanding of the implications of family performance on organisational performance. Keywords: performance; family performance; owner-operator truck driver; work-family balance; corporate family responsibility; Mexico. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2022.10048884