PortEconomics member Jean-Paul Rodrigue contributed in the Port Technolgy International [issue 59], an article on “Enhancing terminal operations, hinterland accesss and logistics chains”.
Source: Jean Paul Rodrigue (2013). Enhancing terminal operations, hinterland access and logistics chains. Port Technology International, No. 59.
It is difficult to argue against strategies that reduce costs while improving the performance of supply chains. However, assessing the value of such improvements is challenging. While ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, value is relative to the stakeholder. For instance, a port terminal operator has its own criteria to consider since the value of its capital intensive assets can be derived from the rate of return. Strategies improving this rate of return are therefore judged to be of high value.
In this contribution Jean-Paul discusses value generation in ports, though port regionalisation and ways to enhance operational value, and many more issues associated with the enhancment of container port terminal operations.