Fransoo, Jan C. and Chung-Yee Lee

The critical role of ocean container transport in global supply chain performance

Production and Operations Management, 22 (2): 268-253, (2013).

Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2011.01310.x

Abstract: With supply chains distributed across global markets, ocean container transport now is a critical element of any such supply chain. We identify key characteristics of ocean container transport from a supply chain perspective. We find that unlike continental (road) transport, service offerings tend to be consolidated in few service providers, and a strong focus exists on maximization of capital intensive resources. Based on the characteristics of ocean container transport as part of global supply chains, we list a number of relevant and challenging research areas and associated questions.

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