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Framework to manage humanitarian logistics in disaster relief supply chain management in India

Saurav Negi (Transport and Logistics, Faculty of Business and Economics, Modern College of Business and Science (Affiliated with University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA), Muscat, Oman)
Gaurav Negi (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, India)

International Journal of Emergency Services

ISSN: 2047-0894

Article publication date: 1 September 2020

Issue publication date: 6 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the issues and challenges in humanitarian logistics and to develop a framework for effectively managing the humanitarian logistics in disaster relief supply chain operations in India.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper presents a framework to manage humanitarian logistics effectively in disaster management through qualitative analysis. First, the author examines the challenges facing the humanitarian logistics and supply chain through the reviews of the literature on various disasters. Then, the author presented a framework based on the best practices and initiatives taken worldwide in the preparedness and response stage of the humanitarian supply chain to manage and reduce the aftermath of any disaster in context to India.

Findings

A framework has been developed to manage humanitarian logistics in the disaster relief operation, which would improve the humanitarian supply chain in India and help to effectively manage natural disasters in the preparedness and response stage at the state and district levels.

Research limitations/implications

The paper mainly emphasises on the preparedness and response stage of disaster supply chain management in Indian context.

Practical implications

None of the disaster incidents can be stopped from taking place, but the impact can be minimised by proper preparedness and effective response during the operations of humanitarian logistics. With this hope, the framework has been developed, which if implemented would help to plan and manage any disaster incident in an effective manner, which ultimately would save millions of lives and cost in terms of infrastructure, property, assets etc.

Originality/value

As natural disaster incidents are occurring frequently in Indian states, there is an urgent need for a framework to manage the logistics operations effectively and efficiently during any disaster relief operations. Limited literature is found on developing and presenting a framework focusing on the preparedness and response phase of disaster supply chain management in context to India. Hence, this paper is believed to be the first to fulfil this gap with main emphasis on the preparedness and response stage of disaster supply chain management in Indian scenario.

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Citation

Negi, S. and Negi, G. (2021), "Framework to manage humanitarian logistics in disaster relief supply chain management in India", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 40-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-02-2020-0005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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