To build a third-party logistics model in the Pearl River Delta for benchmarking purposes

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To build a third-party logistics model in the Pearl River Delta for benchmarking purposes


Author: Chan, Ching-wah
Title: To build a third-party logistics model in the Pearl River Delta for benchmarking purposes
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2004
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Business logistics -- China -- Pearl River Delta
Freight and freightage -- China -- Pearl River Delta
Department: Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Pages: vii, 92, [10] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: The concept of third-party logistics (TPL) has revolutionized the transportation industry in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) and Hong Kong region. The respective governments of both regions have publicly acknowledged the importance and significance of developing the local economies in the new millennium. Meanwhile, regardless of core competencies, many freight forwarders, truckers, warehouse operators, and customs brokers have simply renamed their companies to follow the rising trend of utilizing TPL services but without efficient information system support, the essence of TPL. Benefiting from China's Open Door Policy and with over 20 years of economic growth and prosperity, companies have shifted production to the North and created inevitable competition, tension, and concerns regarding the development of a win-win situation. TPL has been introduced as a solution to ease mounting pressures. A majority of the constituents of the TPL phenomena in both regions are small and medium-size enterprises providing a fast and efficient mode of physical operation. The lack of a proficient information system, however, prevents firms from full logistical integration. Many continue to use fax machines and electronic mail as the primary communication tool to exchange information. As a result, the small and medium enterprise logistics information system (SMELIS) is created to enhance the efficiency of information flow during daily operations, streamline the order fulfillment processes, and generate overall productivity for the local TPL industry.

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