Inland Transportation and Lead Time of Apparel Exports

TitleInland Transportation and Lead Time of Apparel Exports
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGupta, A, Dasgupta, P, Mishra, MS
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovations and Strategies for Logistics and Supply Chains
Volume20
Page451
Publisherepubli
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-7805-9
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
KeywordsApparel Exports, Delivery Lead Time, Rail Transportation, Road Transportation
Abstract

The purpose of this research was to study the relationship of severity levels of road
and rail transportation activities and related issues and challenges in terms of their
effect on delivery lead time of Indian apparel exports. The research was conducted
in India and 157 managers handling ocean freight operations of apparel export shipments
participated. It was found that lack of professionalism/skill levels of truck drivers
and bad quality/condition of roads are the two most significant logistics challenges
in road transportation that affect delivery lead of Indian apparel exports. The
next significant issues and challenges explaining the severity level of road transportation
were found as delay involved in interstate regulatory check points and inefficient
/older technology inbuilt in trucks /trailers. Lack of planning and coordination
in cargo rail services and lack of frequency of container rail services due to evacuation
constraints were identified as two most significant logistics challenges in rail
transportation that affect delivery lead of Indian apparel exports. The next significant
issues and challenges explaining the severity level of rail transportation were
found to as non availability of rakes/wagons and less number of dedicated tracks for
container rail.

DOI10.15480/882.1264