A special issue of World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
As trade barriers have broken down and e-commerce and B2C business models prevail, air carriers, couriers, freight forwarders, and postal administrations serve as the nerve systems to move cargo, freight, packages and mail to every corner of the world.
The increasing demands of seamless transportation and expedited services bring challenges to these transportation and delivery service providers as well as to academia. To meet the growing demand, it is essential for providers to expand their service networks, expedite their handling processes, and increase the efficiency of their operations.
Due to various legal constraints and limited resources, the improvements needed to meet market demands are subject to constraints. For example, limitations on traffic rights restrict air carriers from expanding their service network to courtiers that do not grant traffic rights to carriers’ home country or only grant limited traffic rights to carriers’ home country; safety and security restrictions limit the types of merchandise flown by air; and customs and border control and environmental (night flight zone) restrictions limit operating hours and slow down operations.
This special issue will present managerial and legal issues faced by transportation and delivery service providers, focusing on the causes of these issues, and on managerial, marketing and legal approaches to resolving these issues.
This special issue is intended to cover the transportation/service network management and legal issues, including transportation modes as well as inter-modal transportation. We encourage papers from a variety of transportation fields, including but not limited to:
- Transportation and inter-model transportation network optimisation
- Network expansion via strategic alliances
- Operation efficiency improvement via standardisation and automation
- Expediting handling procedures for cross-border goods, packages and international mail
- Air cargo liberalisation and the EU-US Open Aviation Area Agreement
- Impact of post-9/11 aviation security restriction on the international cargo industry
- Impact of environmental protection regulations (such as gas emission and night flight zone restrictions) on transportation and inter-model transportation
Submission of full paper before: 15 January, 2008
Notification of acceptance before: 1 April, 2008
Submission of final and revised manuscripts: 1 June, 2008