World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
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World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research (3 papers in press)
INTERMODAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN FAST-MOVING CONSUMER GOODS SECTOR by Zane Simpson, Anneke De Bod, Jan Havenga, Isabel Meyer, Esbeth Van Dyk Abstract: Macro-level logistics cost and flow modelling have highlighted intermodal solutions as a means of optimising key South African (SA) freight corridors. This paper explores the critical success factors for translating the macro opportunity to a sustainable intermodal solution for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. The study identifies a significant growth opportunity for FMCG freight on rail, characterised by stable, naturally unitised volumes of low price elasticity. Intermodal solutions have the potential to facilitate a significant shift of freight from road to rail, thus reducing environmental impact. However, adoption of an intermodal solution requires a more flexible, focused, and responsive engagement from the rail service provider. The study succeeds in translating the quantified macro-level argument for intermodal solutions to the organisational implications and next tactical steps for the FMCG industry, to position towards sustainable implementation of intermodal solutions. Keywords: intermodal solutions; rail freight; road freight; logistics cost modelling; freight flow modelling; South African FMCG sector.
The quality assessment of ro-pax ferries services: research techniques and procedures by Iouri Semenov, Ludmila Filina-Dawidowicz, Anna Wiktorowska-Jasik, Daria Mozdrzen Abstract: The rapid increase in worldwide trade and mobility influence the need to provide high-quality transport services and adapt them to demands and requirements of consumers. This issue is also observed in ferry freight shipping. The article aims to elaborate a methodology for collecting, processing and analyzing information on the preferences of ferry lines customers in order to increase the level of their satisfaction. The proposed methodology is based on methods of statistical analysis. The case study of the Baltic Sea region has been considered. The ways of selected ferry line operating within the Baltic Sea region and providing information support for its customers were analyzed using marketing research techniques and procedures. The results achieved give the possibility of assessing the perception of these services by customers, acquiring knowledge on their preferences, level of satisfaction with quality of provided services, as well as indicating the promotional directions. Keywords: ferry shipping; passenger and freight transport; quality of services; customer satisfaction; information analysis.
THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE: A PRAGMATIC CONSTITUENT FOR THE GROWTH OF MALAYSIAN SEAPORT SYSTEM by Jagan Jeevan, Madzli Harun, Wan Mariam Wan Abdullah, Mohamad Rosni Othman, Nurul Haqimin Mohd. Salleh, LIVINGSTONE DIVINE CAESAR Abstract: This paper explores the transport connectivity and capacity issues, implication, and strategies that need to be considered by the Malaysian seaport system to effectively exploit the benefits associated with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It specifically explores the operational and capacity issues currently confronting seaports in Malaysia and the grey areas needing attention as policymakers and other stakeholders reposition to effectively exploit the associated benefits of the BRI initiative. Further the paper recommends appropriate strategies to address the apparent operational and capacity shortcomings of the Malaysian port and logistics system since the inception of the BRI. An explanatory sequential mixed method research design was adopted for the study. Quantitative data was first collected through an e-survey from key container seaports in Malaysia and analysed using a multiple regression technique. Qualitative data was then collected through the interviewing of key seaport/dry port experts. The findings reveal 3-fold benefits of the BRI: increased trade volume for Malaysian seaports, improving seaport-hinterland intersection and refining seaport infrastructure. Key issues confronting the Malaysian seaport system that needs to be addressed to effectively exploit the inherent benefits of the BRI are: poor demand for rail freight in Malaysia, lack of capacity in rail freight as well as safety and inefficiency concerns in cross border trade. This paper advocates the need for an investment plan on seaport equipment and seaport expansion. Such a plan should prioritize strategic planning and restructuring of existing government policy to enable Malaysian seaport reap the benefits of the BRI. Keywords: BRI; Malaysian seaport system; mixed methods; regression analysis; thematic analysis.