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Carrier and Mode Selection for shippers in the Pearl River Delta of the People's Republic of China - a case study of Zhongshan and Foshan

Wong, Peter Chi Chung and Bamford, Colin (2010) Carrier and Mode Selection for shippers in the Pearl River Delta of the People's Republic of China - a case study of Zhongshan and Foshan. In: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, Northamptonshire, UK, pp. 709-718. ISBN 9781904564348

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    Abstract

    Purpose
    This paper studies the carrier and mode choice selection problem in the China Pearl River Delta
    (PRD) area from selected shippers, who are aiming to deliver their overseas shipments. After the
    implementation of Environmental Act and Labour Law recently in China, particularly in Guangdong
    province, many factories have relocated their manufacturing base further inland (northwest-ward) to
    lower their fixed and operation costs. Hence they need to reassess their current transport network for
    overseas consignments. In this paper, the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) model is constructed
    based on comprehensive industrial interviews and statistical analysis. AHP is used to analyse the
    weakness and strength of impacting factors in carrier selection.
    Research Approach
    The initial stage will be focus on field data collected through questionnaire and telephone
    conversation with the local industrial practitioners. Data collected will be analyses to find out the basic
    parameters that constitute the carrier/mode choice. The methodology used in this research is the
    Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). This is an analytical tool, supported by simple mathematics, which
    enables researchers to explicitly rank tangible and intangible factors against each other for the
    purpose of resolving conflicts or setting priorities. The process has been formalised by Saaty and
    used in a wide variety of problem areas. Over the past two decades, Saaty’s AHP has been
    developed to solve decision making problems in various fields by prioritisation of alternatives using
    eigenvectors and manipulations in matrix algebra. This paper studies the factors that will affect the
    shippers’ mode/carrier choice and ascertains the unique key factors that will affect their mode/carrier
    choice in the PRD for their overseas consignments. The model is implemented under different types
    of shipper according to the nature of their cargo consignments. Major criteria are summarised from
    field questionnaire for evaluating different modes and alternatives.
    Findings and Originality
    Raw data will be collected from shippers who operate in PRD region. The study will analysis those
    raw data and come up with some interesting findings.
    Research Impact
    No studies, as known by the authors that have been carried out on carrier and mode selection in this
    region in recent decades. The relocation of industrial activity due to changes of related labour and
    environmental laws has never been studied. The improvement in port performances and inland
    infrastructure of ports located near the new location may create a new platform for the study of mode
    and carrier choice.
    Practical Impact
    The results are useful to those shippers located in the PRD region in relationship to port and carrier
    mode selection

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 14:07
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2010 16:26
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8768

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