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Selection of mode of transport for freight movement

Sachin Tripathi (Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India)
Manoj Hudnurkar (Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India)
Suhas Suresh Ambekar (Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 5 April 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research paper is to understand the major factors considered before choosing the mode of transportation for the freight movement in India by different stakeholders and look into the future prospects on each of these sectors, i.e. railways, roadways and inland waterways.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper collected the primary data from the various stakeholders in the transportation sector and the secondary data through websites and various ministries of each of the sectors. The various factors are then determined by thoroughly analysing the responses by performing factor analysis in SPSS.

Findings

Earlier railways were the preferred medium of transportation, but the dynamics shifted during the 90’s to roadways, and now, it is responsible for nearly 60% of the freight traffic with waterways slowing increasing its share of the pie. Also, there are a lot of factors which stakeholders consider, but the major factors that came out are cost, sustainability, timing, government initiatives, visibility and performance.

Practical implications

The result of this study implies that sectors should create a robust network for easy reach of the customers and try working in conjunction to create an efficient, affordable and highly connected network. This study will also help in taking vital decisions regarding the future planning of transportation sector.

Originality/value

The findings help in improving the transportation network and help in better decision-making by various stakeholders while choosing the mode of transportation.

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Citation

Tripathi, S., Hudnurkar, M. and Ambekar, S.S. (2021), "Selection of mode of transport for freight movement", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-09-2020-0173

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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