EPO Index – Enabling Port Operations Index: A benchmarking reference for trade and transport facilitation (TTF) of port operations Event

9 November 2017
Building 58, Room 1023

For more information regarding this event, please email Jack Gong at Y.Gong@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Purpose – Trade and transport facilitation is a challenging area for international logistics and supply chains. A major problem in the area is the lack of a specific framework to support measurement and analyses of performance aspects concerning border-crossing operations. The purpose of this study was to develop a framework for the area comprising strategic performance objectives of operations. Design/methodology/approach – The framework derived from a theoretical and empirical basis. The empirical method involved a Delphi study with 11 experts with recognised knowledge in the area of international logistics and supply chain. The framework was validated through a substantive validity test conducted in a pilot study with 20 managers from organisations operating in a major international seaport overseas. Findings – The study developed a framework structured by critical operations performance factors operationalised in terms of trade and transport facilitation aspects. Research limitations/implications – The framework was pre-tested in a specific context in Brazil. Its construct validity and reliability require further testing and refinement. Practical implications – The framework provides reference for the definition of priorities and targeted initiatives in specific areas of trade and transport operations at border-crossing levels. The initiatives can be aligned with relevant strategic performance objectives of operations in general. Originality/value – The theoretical, empirical, and practical issues addressed in the research provide an insightful basis for future research and managerial initiatives. The framework defined in the study offers robust measures that allow academics and practitioners to understand and address critical aspects inherent in the operational dimension of trade and transport facilitation.

Speaker information

Luciano Batista ,University of Northampton,Luciano Batista is Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK, Member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), and Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience and the Business Management Review journal of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. His research interests focuses mainly on the sustainability of operations and supply chains, new business models in the circular economy, and the interface between the circular and the digital economy. In this seminar, Luciano is going to present the fundamental basis of the EPO (Enabling Port Operations) Index, and index that measures strategic performance aspects of port operations in terms of trade and transport facilitation attributes. This work has been published in the Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.