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An analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the Hong Kong logistics industry.

Lau, Anthony Siu Wing (2010) An analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the Hong Kong logistics industry. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    Abstract/Description

    Hong Kong freight forwarding services have flourished along with China's economic
    development. Manufacturing activities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) have provided
    the Hong Kong logistics sector with many business opportunities. However, due to the
    changes in the business environment, the industry is facing many challenges:
    competition from other local logistics companies in China, a shrinking market share on
    the shipping side, and increasing operating costs. The study aims to answer two
    questions: will the PRD continue to serve as the manufacturing powerhouse of the
    world and will exporters in the PRD continue to use Hong Kong:5 airport and port?
    The findings of this research will help academia and practitioners better understand the
    opportunities and challenges facing the Hong Kong logistics industry. This research was
    carried out in two phases. First, the author conducted exploratory interviews with
    manufacturers, logistics service providers, and government officials. Second, two
    questionnaires (one for manufacturers and one for logistics service providers) were
    designed based on the interviews and the literature review. The results of this two-stage
    analysis indicate that manufacturing in the PRD will continue to demand forwarding
    logistics support from Hong Kong because the latter continues to offer competitive
    advantage in several aspects compared with competitors in China. The Hong Kong
    government's pro-business attitude has helped to maintain Hong Kong's competitive
    advantage as a logistics hub; thus, the integration of Hong Kong and PRD logistics
    service providers has further enhanced this advantage in the PRD. Finally, based on
    these findings, a number of recommendations are offered. The empirical part of the
    research was completed before the onset of the 2008/9 recession; hence, no reference to its effect has been included in this thesis. The work also excludes any specific reference
    to the issues of carbon footprints and related environmental concerns because these are
    not primary issues for the industry as seen by the governments of the PRD region.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Hing Kong; Freight; logistics; Pearl River Delta;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 387 Water, air & space transportation
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
    Item ID: 5680
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 11:51
    Last Modified: 04 Oct 2012 11:51
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5680

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