14 December 2013

Call for papers: "Towards Efficient and High-Quality Shipping Management"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

Shipping is an international service industry and plays an important role in economic development. Around 80 per cent of global trade by volume is carried by sea. However, the current business environment in shipping services is dynamic and remains complex and unpredictable. Complex elements include the mismatch between demand and supply, rising operating costs, safety and security issues, compliance with international conventions and regulations, financial crisis influence and environmental sustainability requirements. These developments require businesses to understand contemporary issues of shipping and logistics services and explore their underlying interconnections.

This present operating environment amplifies the need for new services from the shipping and logistics sector. Overcoming increasingly multifaceted challenges requires comprehensive skills and knowledge from a range of management domains include shipping finance, fleet management, maritime insurance, risk management, legal services, terminal operations, arbitration, information technology, customer relationship management, and so on.

Shipping businesses have already extended from basic shipping service activities to all-round shipping management and operations. Contemporary value-added services involve cargo consolidation, multi-modal transportation, warehousing, re-packing, labelling, customs clearance, inventory management and distribution activities. In an internationally competitive environment, it is important to work through strategic networks to provide efficient and high-quality service to meet market demands.

This special issue will discuss solutions for the shipping and transport logistics industry from a broad spectrum of service management areas so as to be effective under dynamic operating environments.

It will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA 2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers who are unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Shipping market and demand analysis
  • Customer relationship management in shipping and transport logistics
  • Services quality assessment in shipping and transport logistics
  • Intermodal transport
  • Freight forwarding services
  • Ship chartering services
  • Port and terminal operations
  • Shipping finance
  • Maritime insurance and risk
  • Maritime safety and security
  • Marketing strategies in shipping and logistics
  • Strategic alliance in shipping operations
  • Shipping innovation and development
  • Maritime information and technology
  • Sustainability and corporate social responsibility in shipping management
  • Shipping and logistics policy

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 July, 2014

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