Logistics Sector Developments: Planning Models for Enterprises and Logistics Clusters

Logistics Sector Developments: Planning Models for Enterprises and Logistics Clusters

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

As ESCAP member countries seek to spread the development that has taken place in the coastal areas inland, replicating sea ports at inland locations is a policy measure that is receiving attention. In order to make informed decisions policy makers need to understand the current logistics environment and the factors that would result in a successful dry port that would attract logistics clusters. Accordingly, the ESCAP secretariat undertook a preliminary study to examine the current logistics trends, assess the literature on the subject of inland facilities including logistics centres, and formulate a policy planning model in the form of a step-by-step action plan identifying the factors that policy makers need to take into account in evaluating and establishing inland logistics ports/dry ports.

Chapter one provides an introduction to the report. Chapter two discusses recent trends in approaches to supply chain management and logistics systems with particular reference to logistics centres. Chapter three identifies the major factors governing the decision of enterprises to locate at ports or port-related logistics zones. Chapter four describes the features that contribute to the operation of an effective dry port. Chapter five investigates the basis of clustering when applied to industry, and in particular to logistics and ports. Chapter six, seven and eight addresses the formulation and application of a step-by-step action plan/model replicating port concepts at inland locations. Finally, the key findings of this study are highlighted in Chapter nine.