Quotation Petr, Kolar and Schramm, Hans-Joachim and Günter, Prockl. 2016. CONTAINER REPOSITIONING: THE LANDLOCKED HINTERLAND PERSPECTIVE. In NOFOMA 2016 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 28TH ANNUAL NORDIC LOGISTICS RESEARCH NETWORK CONFERENCE 8-10 JUNE 2016, TURKU, FINLAND, Hrsg. Lauri Ojala, Juuso Töyli, Tomi Solakivi, Harri Lorentz, Sini Laari and Ninni Lehtinen, S. 307-320. Turku: Turku School of Economics.


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In this paper, we challenge real business implications of published research outcomes that apply mathematical analysis of container movements processes for specific geographical regions or argument hypothetically based on a set of assumptions which appear impossible to accomplish in most real business scenarios. Furthermore, we question whether repositioning is considered as a problem of equipment movement optimization or as one of collaboration and research the parties involved in its management – especially in the case of the mostly landlocked hinterland in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Based on extensive and structured literature review of empty container repositioning research, we identify a lack of integration from a holistic point of view and related theoretical underpinnings such as economies of massed reserves and provide further empirical evidence about the present situation from an explorative field study in the Czech Republic. Inland repositioning approaches by shipping lines or other container owners as well as related research projects apparently ignore landlocked hinterland markets such as CEE, its container turnover and importance for the key European seaport gateways. Accordingly, quality of hinterland transport market data from/to CEE countries is truly questionable/limited. Moreover, similar research studies focused on markets close to seaports such as the Netherlands or Germany by cargo sector or company lack empirical support, too. All in all, we come to the conclusion that most research projects or practical approaches by the com-panies all over Europe so far neglect actual container volumes and their importance.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title CONTAINER REPOSITIONING: THE LANDLOCKED HINTERLAND PERSPECTIVE
Title of whole publication NOFOMA 2016 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 28TH ANNUAL NORDIC LOGISTICS RESEARCH NETWORK CONFERENCE 8-10 JUNE 2016, TURKU, FINLAND
Editor Lauri Ojala, Juuso Töyli, Tomi Solakivi, Harri Lorentz, Sini Laari and Ninni Lehtinen
Page from 307
Page to 320
Location Turku
Publisher Turku School of Economics
Year 2016
URL http://www.utu.fi/nofoma2016

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Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
External
Günter, Prockl (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Petr, Kolar (University of Economics Prague, Czech Republic)
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Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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