Original Research

Analysing intermodal connectivity for the functionality of Namibia’s regional logistics hub

Gloria M. Tshoopara, Thokozani P. Mbhele
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 18 | a974 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v18i0.974 | © 2024 Gloria M. Tshoopara, Thokozani P. Mbhele | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 July 2023 | Published: 28 June 2024

About the author(s)

Gloria M. Tshoopara, School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Thokozani P. Mbhele, School of Management, Information Technology and Governance, College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: In today’s interconnected global economy, logistics and supply chain management are pivotal in facilitating the movement of goods and services across regions. Supply chains have become increasingly complex, involving multiple stakeholders, diverse transportation modes, and intricate global networks. The efficient management of these supply chains has emerged as a critical determinant of competitiveness and economic growth for businesses and nations.

Objectives: The study aims to analyse the level of intermodal connectivity and how it enhances the functionality of a regional logistics hub using Namibia as a case study.

Method: The research study adopted a mixed-method design, collecting data through interviews, questionnaires, and documentary analysis to examine intermodal connectivity and its impact on the functionality of the Namibian regional logistics hub.

Results: The study’s key findings reveal a fragmented railway system and a significant reliance on road transportation within the Namibian transport system. The level of intermodality is found to be low, indicating limited connectivity and integration between different modes of transport in Namibia.

Conclusion: The study highlights the need to address the fragmentation within the railway system, reduce the heavy reliance on road transportation, and improve intermodal connectivity to enhance the functionality and efficiency of the Namibian transport system.

Contribution: This research contributes to the existing knowledge of transportation and logistics hubs within the Namibian context. By exploring the role of intermodal connectivity, the study builds upon the theoretical frameworks of transport geography, logistics management, and infrastructure planning.

 


Keywords

intermodal connectivity; logistics hub; regional integrations; transport system; degree of centrality

JEL Codes

F29: Other

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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