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Article
Publication date: 1 April 1977

A.G. Slater

Introduction The development of the multi‐national company has generated an increasing management awareness of the opportunities to be gained by establishing marketing and…

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Introduction The development of the multi‐national company has generated an increasing management awareness of the opportunities to be gained by establishing marketing and production facilities on a global basis. The process of creating and developing an optimal multi‐national business strategy is extremely complex, due to the vast amount of information required to form the data base upon which decisions could be made successfully.

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Management Decision, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

Article
Publication date: 1 September 1994

Martin Fojt

This special “Anbar Abstracts” issue of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management is split into six sections covering abstracts under the…

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This special “Anbar Abstracts” issue of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management is split into six sections covering abstracts under the following headings: Logistics and Distribution Strategy; Supply Chain Management; IT in Logistics and Distribution; Just‐in‐time Management; Accounting for Logistics; International.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 24 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

Article
Publication date: 1 January 1998

Sunil Babbar and Sameer Prasad

Lays a foundation for a comprehensive awareness and understanding of research in the area of international supply chain management. More specifically, reviews publications…

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Lays a foundation for a comprehensive awareness and understanding of research in the area of international supply chain management. More specifically, reviews publications constituting a decade of the most recent research in the three areas of international purchasing, inventory management and logistics in 22 leading academic and practitioner journals for the period 1986 through 1995. Through classification and review of this literature, enables a better understanding of this vast field while simultaneously making available a valuable source of information for academicians and practitioners to draw from. Discusses key research findings, provides an overall assessment of the research in these areas and shapes an agenda for future research by identifying important gaps in the literature.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Article
Publication date: 1 September 1992

Prabir K. Bagchi

Analyses and justifies the need for information systems examining anumber of applications from the marketplace. The logistics pipeline hasbecome global in character and…

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Analyses and justifies the need for information systems examining a number of applications from the marketplace. The logistics pipeline has become global in character and has become more complex too. Success in such a logistics network, as demonstrated by leading edge companies, involves close co‐ordination across various functions, countries and cultures. Experts have predicted the widespread use of logistics information systems. Suggests a framework for an international logistics information system (ILIS) for a global company.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 22 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Article
Publication date: 5 February 2018

Dong-Wook Kwak, Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues, Robert Mason, Stephen Pettit and Anthony Beresford

International supply chains can be severely disrupted by failures in international logistics processes. Therefore, an understanding of international logistics risks, or…

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Purpose

International supply chains can be severely disrupted by failures in international logistics processes. Therefore, an understanding of international logistics risks, or causes of failure, how these may interact with each other and how they can be mitigated are imperatives for the smooth operation of international supply chains. The purpose of this paper is to specifically investigate the interactions between international logistics risks within the prevailing structures of international supply chains and highlights how these risks may be inter-connected and amplified. A new dynamic supply chain logistics risk analysis model is proposed which is novel as it provides a holistic understanding of the risk event interactivity.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper applies interpretive structural modelling to data collected from a survey of leading supply chain practitioners, in order to analyse their perspectives of risk elements and interactions. The risk elements and their contextual relationship were derived empirically through the use of focus groups and subsequent Delphi study. The two stages of the research rely on experts’ views on risk events and clusters and the level of interactions among those clusters.

Findings

A key finding of this research is that supply chain practitioner’s perception of risk consists of inter-connected four levels: value streams risks; information and relationship risks; risks in international supply chain activities; and external environment. In particular, since level 2 risk creates feedback loops of risks, risk management at level 2 can dampen the amplification effect and the strength of the interactions.

Practical implications

Several managerial implications are drawn. First, the research guides managers in the identification and evaluation of risk events which can impact the performance of their international logistics supply chain operations. Second, evidence is presented that supports the proposition that the relationships with trading partners and LSPs, and the degree of logistics information exchange, are critical to prevent, or at least mitigate, logistics risks which can substantially affect the responsiveness of the international supply chain.

Originality/value

The main contribution to knowledge that this study offers to the literature on supply chain risk management is the development of a supply chain logistics risk analysis model which includes both risk elements and interactions. The research demonstrates the importance of taking into account risk interactions in the process of identification and evaluation of risk events.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 38 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 2008

Chin‐Shan Lu, Chun‐Hsiung Liao and Ching‐Chiao Yang

This study aims to empirically identify investment incentive preference segments for international logistics zones from the manufacturer's perspective.

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Purpose

This study aims to empirically identify investment incentive preference segments for international logistics zones from the manufacturer's perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

Eight critical investment incentives were identified, based on the following factors: cost, agglomeration, resource, port, policy, political stability, location and transport, and economic. Cluster analysis was subsequently performed to group respondents on the basis of their factor scores. Three groups or segments were identified: firms that preferred political stability and location factors; those which preferred low‐cost and port‐related factors; and those which preferred agglomeration effect and resource factors. Six factors, i.e. cost, agglomeration effect, resource, port, policy, and political stability, differed significantly across the three segments.

Findings

Results suggest that political stability is the most important incentive, followed by corporate tax incentives, government administration efficiency, labor cost, and energy cost.

Originality/value

This study is a first attempt to understand investment incentive preferences for an international logistics zone from the manufacturers' perspective and to segment investors into different groups.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Publication date: 15 March 2017

Chia-Hsun Chang and Po-Lin Lai

This paper aims to empirically identify crucial international logistics policy enablers and to examine their impacts on logistics performance using survey data collected…

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Purpose

This paper aims to empirically identify crucial international logistics policy enablers and to examine their impacts on logistics performance using survey data collected from 169 responding firms in Taiwan and 109 responding firms in the UK including logistics companies, freight forwarders, shipping companies, agencies and airline companies.

Design/methodology/approach

A multiple regression analysis is used as a method to empirically validate the research model.

Findings

Results indicate the five most important logistics policy enablers according to Taiwanese logistics firms are information technology system, inland transport linkage, simplifying the customs clearance procedures, ports and maritime transport and having a policy to ensure efficient service operation and multiplicity of services. In contrast, for the UK logistics firms, the five most important logistics policy enablers are telecommunications, information technology system, avoidance of unnecessary regulation, inland transport linkage and ports and maritime transport. Results also indicate that logistics policy dimensions in terms of regulation, integration, infrastructure and logistics education have a positive influence on firms’ logistics service quality and efficiency.

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Theoretical and policy implications from the research findings on logistics policy between these two countries are discussed in this paper.

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Maritime Business Review, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2397-3757

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Article
Publication date: 13 March 2020

Đurđica M. Stojanović and Jelena Ivetić

This study aims to illuminate the relationship between the logistic performance indexes (LPIs) of trade countries and sharing obligations related to logistics services in…

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Purpose

This study aims to illuminate the relationship between the logistic performance indexes (LPIs) of trade countries and sharing obligations related to logistics services in delivery among parties in international sales contracts.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive one-year database of Serbian international trade flows is used. The LPIs of 148 countries are related to the Incoterms® rules in international sales contracts that designate the division of obligations between exporters and importers for moving goods. Empirical data were subjected to statistical analysis, where nonparametric correlation and inferential methods were applied. The differences between countries with the highest and lowest LPIs were also examined.

Findings

LPIs positively correlate with logistics commitments in exports and imports. Their impact on the choice of Incoterms® rules differs among the groups of trade terms. Waterway and D-terms are the most sensitive. LPIs of trade countries clearly impact “emission” and “attraction” of the most extended sellers' delivery obligation “packages,” expressed in D rules.

Research limitations/implications

The empirical data are limited to a single country. Further research must explore the relative impact of macrologistic factors on exporters and importers' logistics commitments for building better decision-making support tools.

Practical implications

The results may support suppliers and buyers in sharing their experiences on Incoterms® practice and encourage more rational than intuitive decisions.

Originality/value

This is the first empirical study to quantitatively evidence the sensitivity of groups of Incoterms® rules on the macrologistic environment of trade countries.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 31 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Article
Publication date: 8 June 2015

Ben Shepherd and Shintaro Hamanaka

The purpose of this paper is to identify major challenges that Asia-Pacific policy makers face in drawing up international logistics policies, and to seek possible…

1995

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify major challenges that Asia-Pacific policy makers face in drawing up international logistics policies, and to seek possible solutions to the problems.

Design/methodology/approach

Case study method: the paper includes seven case studies that attempt to address various types of logistics challenges. The paper introduces both intra- and extra-regional examples of the ways in which those challenges have been overcome in particular contexts through concerted action by government and the private sector.

Findings

There are a lot of interesting experiences of overcoming logistics challenges, both inside and outside the Asia-Pacific region. Good practice experiences can be replicated by other countries in the region.

Originality/value

While there have been a lot of discussions on logistics policy reforms, this paper is one of the first attempts that clearly link challenges with concrete case experiences where those are overcome. The paper discusses very practical issues in an analytically sound manner, using case method.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, vol. 27 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-5855

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 1981

Robert E. Krapfel, John T. Mentzer and Rex R. Williams

Corporate level examination of international logistics problems in formal fashion is a relatively recent occurrence at General Motors. International Logistics Operations…

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Corporate level examination of international logistics problems in formal fashion is a relatively recent occurrence at General Motors. International Logistics Operations (ILO) was created in June, 1977, and was made a part of Procurement, Production Control and Logistics Staff. The Director of International Logistics Operations reports to the Executive Director of Logistics and is charged with responsibility for the coordination of all international transportation activities.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, vol. 11 no. 5/6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0269-8218

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