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Port productivity: benchmarking analysis of strategic ports

Marvin Gonzalez (Department of Supply Chain and Information Management, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
Gioconda Quesada (Department of Supply Chain and Information Management, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 27 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The productivity of a port is a measure that is important to different stakeholders: port administrators (port authority), third-party logistics providers, manufacturers and consumers, among others. This study analyses productivity in terms of vessel movement efficiencies (loading/unloading of cargo) and container release from port facilities. Both factors add to the overall productivity in any port.

Design/methodology/approach

A comparative analysis of the productivity of three ports is measured using a Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and benchmarking analysis to help establish strategies that will help improve productivity. Considering the information confidentially the authors will call the ports according to their geographic location. The ports under study are the USA Southeast Port (Port of America), Central Asian Port (Port of Asia) and Central Europe Port (Port of Europe).

Findings

This study has established an analysis strategy that allows seeing points of sale in the ports. This study will compare three different continents, only to demonstrate the applicability of QFD and benchmarking. Still, the strategy can be used in ports that compete due to their proximity and location. Identifying the variables to be analyzed made it possible to establish a strategy to increase productivity.

Originality/value

There are many studies that analyze port productivity, but none try to standardize the variables to be compared in different scenarios. This study has compared three ports from three different geographical areas, using the same variables in all three cases. The study critically analyses the performance of three ports and proposes a strategy based on QFD and benchmarking research.

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Citation

Gonzalez, M. and Quesada, G. (2022), "Port productivity: benchmarking analysis of strategic ports", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-09-2022-0453

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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