This paper discusses the reality of integrated supply chain in maritime transport in Italy, focusing the attention on the dry-port concept. The scientific literature is consistent in conceiving dry-ports as strategic entities to enhance sea-ports’ competitiveness. However, the real contribution of dry-ports to the improvement of sea-ports performance is still poorly discussed. To concur in filling such a theoretical and empirical gap, the present study shows a brief literature review about the dry-port concept, which pays particular attention to the role of dry-ports in enhancing the effectiveness of the maritime supply chain. Drawing from the findings of this literature review, an exploratory analysis of Italian dry-ports is depicted. This study suggests that the importance of dry-ports in improving both the competitiveness and the attractiveness of Italian sea-ports is widely overlooked. From this standpoint, Port Authorities are incited to consider dry-ports as strategically relevant within their policies and strategies, thus revisiting their traditional managerial approach which mainly neglects the role of inland terminals.

Grasping The Reality Of Integrated Supply Chain In Maritime Transport: The Role Of Dry-Ports In Italy

PALUMBO, ROCCO
2014

Abstract

This paper discusses the reality of integrated supply chain in maritime transport in Italy, focusing the attention on the dry-port concept. The scientific literature is consistent in conceiving dry-ports as strategic entities to enhance sea-ports’ competitiveness. However, the real contribution of dry-ports to the improvement of sea-ports performance is still poorly discussed. To concur in filling such a theoretical and empirical gap, the present study shows a brief literature review about the dry-port concept, which pays particular attention to the role of dry-ports in enhancing the effectiveness of the maritime supply chain. Drawing from the findings of this literature review, an exploratory analysis of Italian dry-ports is depicted. This study suggests that the importance of dry-ports in improving both the competitiveness and the attractiveness of Italian sea-ports is widely overlooked. From this standpoint, Port Authorities are incited to consider dry-ports as strategically relevant within their policies and strategies, thus revisiting their traditional managerial approach which mainly neglects the role of inland terminals.
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