International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation
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International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (5 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.
Automaker in Brazil: integration of small business operations as suppliers by Hamilton Pozo, Takeshy Tachizawa, Getulio Kazue Akabane Abstract: The objective of this research is to present the elements of integration of small business suppliers with the automotive sector, focused on their importance. It is a qualitative and quantitative research, applying multivariate statistical techniques to analyse the data collected in structured interviews, in order to reduce the bias and facilitate a deeper understanding through the collection and analysis of this data. The results indicate that there is a positive and significant correlation between the relationships that integrate micro and small companies that participate in the supply chain of the automotive industry through the supply of parts and components. The expected study contributes to the construction of a functional model of integration of these suppliers with automakers. Keywords: automaker; supplier integration; collaborative relationship. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2019.10021914
Role of food safety and quality in Indian food supply chain by Shantanu Trivedi, Saurav Negi, Neeraj Anand Abstract: Food security and preserving food quality has become preemptive when food trade and transport are addressed. High level of quality standards are followed for food being sold in the market and ensure that it is safe for consumption and free from infections. Due to increasing customer demand and food trade, safety, quality and standards are becoming a matter of utmost importance for producers, sellers, distributors and government. From the production to the consumer, it moves through various stages of supply chain, which arises the need of regular monitoring and maintaining food quality standards in the entire supply chain. The purpose of this study is to review the food supply chain with major focus on food safety and regulatory framework, which could be useful for industry, academicians, researcher, and policymakers. This study also highlighted the criticality of safety and quality in the food supply chain, especially from logistics and distribution perspective. Keywords: food safety; food quality; food supply chain; distribution; transportation. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2019.10021917
Global challenges and research gaps for third-party logistics: literature review by Yangyan Shi, Maurice Osewe, Qianyu Li, Lu Han, Aijun Liu Abstract: Most firms selling or producing goods at least use 3PLs for their domestic and global operations. However, they face several challenges both internally and externally. The purpose of this paper is to provide a better understanding and an exhaustive review, of the current state of research concerning the global challenges that the third-party service providers face in the course of their operations based on the primary themes and integrations. We conducted a systematic review approach to gather, scrutinise and synthesise data about the accuracy and values of the past articles published in the digital databases between 1990 and 2017 and selected 74 primary articles. We grouped the challenges into different common categories namely; barriers due to technological advancements, logistics flexibilities, industrial dynamics and lack of proactivity, minimising the lead time as well as customers' satisfaction and future expectations. Keywords: challenges/barriers; third-party logistics; literature review; supply chain management. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2019.10021921
Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity: assessing growth impacts and interdependencies by Tilak Abeysinghe, Khee Giap Tan, Le Phuong Anh Nguyen Abstract: The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have quietly but steadily been taking steps to deepen economic linkages with the region. A milestone was reached in 2015 with the adoption of a blueprint on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which came into force in 2016. As increased intra-regional connectivity is central to the realisation of the AEC, in October 2010, the ASEAN member states adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC), the regional blueprint for improved physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity. This paper offers an empirical examination of the economic impact of the MPAC on the ASEAN region's growth. An individual country-based trend analysis shows very little effect of MPAC. A structural VAR analysis that accounts for both direct and indirect effects also shows that the impact of MPAC has hitherto been very low. Obviously the analysis also shows the decreasing influence of OECD and increasing influence of China on ASEAN with India remaining weak as an engine of growth for ASEAN. This calls for measures to enhance the region's intra-regional interdependencies as well as the interdependencies vis-à-vis ASEAN's traditional and emerging trading partners. Keywords: Association of Southeast Asian Nations; ASEAN; ASEAN Economic Community; AEC; growth; connectivity; time trends; structural vector auto regression; SVAR. DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2019.10021922