A logistics issue : warehouse problems in Guangdong Province, China : past, present and future

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A logistics issue : warehouse problems in Guangdong Province, China : past, present and future

 

Author: Yan, Wai-keung
Title: A logistics issue : warehouse problems in Guangdong Province, China : past, present and future
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2003
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Business logistics -- China -- Guangdong Sheng
Warehouses -- China -- Guangdong Sheng
Physical distribution of goods -- China -- Guangdong Sheng
Department: Dept. of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Pages: viii, 91, 2, [34] leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1706004
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/510
Abstract: Logistics is not a new but is a hot topic nowadays. In modem logistics concepts, warehouses have been not only for storage of goods, but also provide various types of value-added services to customers at lower costs. In fact, multinational companies have developed and formed their warehouses as an important and integral part of logistics with different strategies to provide flexible and customer-oriented services to their customers so as to gain competitive advantage. China has conducted economic reforms since the 1980s. However, warehouses are still at the embryonic stage. In addition to customs restrictions, poor facilities and concept are the main inhibitors of the usage and development of warehouses in China. After China's accession to World Trade Organization (WTO), it is expected that demands for warehouse and other logistics services will increase dramatically. The functions of both public and private warehouses are not now the same as in the traditional way of storage. Other than providing traditional storage services, warehouses operated by 3rd party logistics services providers in China need to provide more and more flexible and value-added services to customers so as to empower competitiveness in the entire logistics network. Otherwise, with the largest population in the world, China will be in a weak position to compete with other Asian countries. In fact, some outstanding examples show that warehousing is important in the logistics network for reducing inventory costs and improving customer services levels in today's competitive business environment. The aim of this study is to identify public and private warehouse problems in terms of information system and technology, professional warehouse personnel and customs issues in Guangdong Province, China. The findings of this study provide implications for both 3rd party logistics services providers and private warehouse owners for the development of warehouses in future. In-depth conclusions and an account of the Limitations of this research project are presented at the end.

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