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Designing a coordinated horizontal alliance system for China’s inland ports with China railway express platforms along the Silk Road Economic Belt

Hairui Wei and Paul Tae-Woo Lee

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 2021, vol. 147, issue C

Abstract: Having recognized the difficult coordination problems among China Railway Express (CR Express) platforms, this paper attempts to establish a coordinated horizontal alliance system for inland ports with CR Express platforms in China. This study employs a hybrid method with an improved entropy-weighted TOPSIS, a matching model of logistics capability and demand, and a cross-border logistics gravity model. This paper identifies the logistics attraction among the inland ports and establishes seven alliances and a corresponding collaboration mechanism. These findings provide insightful suggestions about the coordinated development of CR Express platforms along the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Keywords: Belt and Road Initiative (BRI); China Rail Express; Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB); Cross-border Logistics; Inland Ports; Gravity model; TOPSIS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2021.102238

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