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Competitiveness of the liner operators: methodological issues and implications


Fanam, PD and Nguyen, H-O and Cahoon, S, Competitiveness of the liner operators: methodological issues and implications, Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, 4, (5) pp. 231-241. ISSN 2328-2142 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.17265/2328-2142/2016.05.001


In the 21st century, ocean container carriers are facing high competition in cargo volume attraction and retention from their business to business customers. The main focus of this study is on the methodological issues in the analysis of shipping linesí competitiveness. A system review of the literature is conducted in three stages to identify the key factors influential to the competitiveness of liner shipping companies. An initial search has found 897 studies, which were then reduced to 39 after further scanning and review. The systematic review has elicited 15 key selection criteria which were further reduced through analytic hierarchy process to five critical factors influential to the liner shipping companiesí competitiveness. For example, among the most frequently cited factors are the freight rate, service quality, scheduling, handling equipment and information technology. Based on the findings from the systematic literature review, a conceptual framework to identify the main determinants of the liner operators is developed, and implications for future research are also discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Liner operators, shippers, freight forwarders, carrier selection, carrier competitiveness, container supply chain
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fanam, PD (Dr Peter Fanam)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H-O (Associate Professor Oanh Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Cahoon, S (Professor Stephen Cahoon)
ID Code:134023
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2019-07-22
Last Modified:2019-08-20
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