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Transport Connectivity and Regional Development in China

Journal of International Logistics and Trade, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2016, 142-155

Kevin X. Li, Guanqiu Qi

ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT
Article history:
Received 28 February 2016
Accepted 6 August 2016
This paper examines the relationship between transport connectivity and regional economic development in China. It develops measurements appropriate for transport connectivity based on a set of evaluation models. This model is used to analyze the logistic connectivity of China’s 31 provinces by focusing on 11 variables, including some new factors (Density of road network, Density of railway network, Number of Internet Users) not used in previous studies, over the 13-year period from 2002 to 2014. Using panel data regression analysis, the empirical results show a statistically significant and positive impact of transport connectivity (factors like Density of road network, Density of railway network and Number of Internet Users) on economic development in China. In particular, the Number of internet users is a key factor reflecting information connectivity in all the variables. Comparative analysis regarding economic development is conducted to benchmark between coastal provinces and interior provinces. Like most previous research, this study yields the same finding of higher impact of transport connectivity on economic development in eastern provinces than in western provinces. This study suggests that decentralized decision-making will be significantly more efficient for analyzing regional infrastructure development. It also shows that the influence of transport connectivity on economic development is dependent on a certain developmental stage. This suggests that an economic region should adopt different development strategies for transport connectivity during different stages of development.
Keywords:
Transport connectivity
Panel data
Correlation analysis
Multiple regression analysis
Granger causality analysis
Regional inequalities

A Practical Review of Green Supply Chain Management: Disciplines and Best Practices

Journal of International Logistics and Trade, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2016, 156-164

Pourya Pourhejazy, Oh Kyoung Kwon*

ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT
Article history:
Received 2 August 2016
Accepted 23 August 2016
Nowadays, climate change and environmental pollution have become major international concerns, in which logistics and manufacturing activities are playing the major role. In the past decade, more attention has been directed toward environmental issues than ever before. The Paris agreement is one of the most recent milestones in this regard. Due to local and international legislation, managers are highly encouraged to seek out sustainable innovations and strategies to reduce the negative impacts of their business activities. An array of academic and practical activities has been formed around the greening of the supply chain (SC). This paper attempts to review and classify green supply chain management (GSCM) disciplines and best practices from a practical point of view. The authors also investigate the different areas of application and review the GSCM practices in some well-known companies. On this basis, the paper disclose the superiority of Apple company over the other studied cases in applying green practices, particularly in the manufacturing and design areas, while the parcel delivery company has been quite active in the green transportation and green marketing. It is also shown that all of the reviewed cases have been successful in implementing green logistics initiatives thus far.
Keywords:
Supply chain
Green initiatives
Gest practices
GSCM disciplines
SC elements

Effects of Truck-shared Delivery: A Case of a Korean Mixed Feed Company

Journal of International Logistics and Trade, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2016, 165-173

Hwa-Joong Kim, Junwoo Kim, Woosuk Yang, Kyung-Yeon Lee, Oh-Seong Kwon

ARTICLE INFO ABSTRACT
Article history:
Received 9 August 2016
Accepted 17 August 2016
This paper discusses a case of truck sharing as an application of the sharing economy. This case study examines a real mixed feed company with multiple factories. In this company’s operation, bulk trucks located in a factory had not previously been shared for delivery with other factories to their pre-assigned customers of stock farms. Therefore, this paper suggests a new delivery system that facilitates truck-sharing and analyzes its effects on the transport cost and trucks’ CO2 emissions. To this end, this paper develops vehicle routing models to represent the current delivery practice and the new truck-shared delivery (TSD). In addition, models are developed for a carbon control policy of an emission trading scheme (ETS) and the effects of the ETS on truck-sharing are investigated. Numerical analysis is conducted to identify the effects of the TSD and the carbon control policy and draw practical implications.
Keywords:
Sharing economy
Truck-sharing
Vehicle routing
Carbon control policy

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