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Port Management and Supply Chain: The UAE study

In essence, managing of supply chain is about achieving integration between different organizations to mutually benefit from reduced cost and enhanced business prospects. Success factors which ports hold out promisingly. Therefore formulating port strategies from the standpoint of supply chain will be instrumental in efficient port management.

This paper aims to look at the development of ports from a supply chain perspective. In doing so the paper highlights the importance of port management in justification of this research, elucidates various aspects of supply chain to study vis-à-vis ports and also holds out the pros and cons of this approach. This study, finally, will provide indications about the effectiveness of this approach.

Studies conducted in the area of new approaches in logistic management have indicated that shipping is a crucial factor for the success of such approach and hence port is an important area of research.

It has been found that port along with rail combine for an efficient and cost effective transport opening up new areas to trade and development given the penetration of railways (McCalla, 1999). Along cost considerations, companies are increasingly focusing on improving delivery time also. With the global financial environment not as merry as it used to, logistics is being focused on to deliver cost savings and hence staying ahead of competition (Vasiliauskas & Jakubauskas 2007). Lean logistics concepts are being steadfastly implemented to achieve logistics targets and increase earnings. Dependable oceanic service, efficient and well managed ports and strong inland transportation are also prerequisites for successful leaning of logistics.

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