International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation
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International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (3 papers in press)
Proposing of a port-centric hierarchical logistics clustering model for Turkey by A. Zafer Acar Abstract: Logistics clusters, which are the spatial concentration areas of many logistics processes and operations of logistics related firms, make significant contribution to the competitiveness of economies and logistics companies via the development of logistics infrastructure and the creation of synergy based on co-operation. Therefore, establishing logistics clusters in areas which are close to the production and consumption centers, national and international transportation corridors, have developed transportation infrastructure, and high access to airports and ports and are essential. This study performed qualitatively to respond to the needs of developing and promoting clusters and clustering in the logistics industry of Turkey. In this regard, the current situation of logistics centers in Turkey has been investigated, and by comparing with the best practices in logistics clustering in the world, the importance of port-centric clustering has been emphasized. Finally, considering the proposed model in the literature and by benefiting current and ongoing logistics center investments a port-centric hierarchical logistics clustering model has been proposed via heuristic decision technique. Keywords: Logistics; clustering; logistics clusters; ports; port-centric logistics; competitive power.
The Impact of Maritime Transport Costs on Export and Import Rates by Transport Modes in Turkey by Abdullah Aç?k, Esra Baran Abstract: The cost of transport has a significant impact on the final prices of the products. Therefore, companies are constantly seeking to realize their transportation activities at the most appropriate cost in order to protect their competitive price. This search is influenced by price differences between the transport modes in time, causing changes in the rate of transportation modes used by companies. Therefore, it is inevitable that there will be a causal relationship between the price changes in transportation modes and their rates of use in the international trade. In this respect, this study aims to determine the impact of price changes in maritime transport, which is one of the most important elements in international trade, on the monetary rate of transport mode usage of Turkey in export and import activities. The maritime transport cost items used are represented by China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI), Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) and Istanbul Freight Index (ISTFIX). Asymmetric causality analysis is used to determine the causal relationships between the variables, which allows to determine causalities between the shocks by separating them as positive and negative. The data set used in this study covers the periods between November 2010 and July 2018 and consists of 93 monthly observations. According to the results obtained, there are significant asymmetric causalities from maritime transportation costs to all modes of transport except for railway transportation. Keywords: Transport costs; asymmetric causality; mode selection.
UNDERSTANDING THE LOGISTICS CENTER LOCATION DECISION: What are the main decision criteria and evaluation methods by Sedat Bastug, Turgay Battal Abstract: A logistics center is the specific area where commercial operators carry out all activities dedicated to transport, logistics, and goods distribution both for national and international transit. Selecting suitable logistics center location is very important for obtaining optimal solutions for a countrys logistics infrastructure. This may involve many various decision criteria to decide where each logistics center should be established. Therefore, valid criteria should be identified and a proper methodology implemented. Given the importance of the topic, this study conducted a systematic literature survey to classify relevant articles. The systematic literature review was completed in two stages. First, the main decision criteria are considered in the evaluation process; second, the most common evaluation methods for the logistics center location decision are examined. Last, the discussion is performed whether logistics center location problem is still relevant. Keywords: Systematic Literature Review; Logistics Centers; Decision making criteria; Research Techniques.