Shanghai cold chain logistics

Zhang, Shane ORCID: (2016) Shanghai cold chain logistics. Technical Report. University of Southern Queensland, Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]


The rise in income, the emergence of e-commerce enterprises, food safety concerns and government policy support have driven the development of China’s cold chain industry. However, some problems remain: the whole cold chain process is subject to frequent breakdowns and failures; the traceability system has not been established; there is a lack of reliable third-party logistics; country-level laws and regulations governing this emerging industry are missing. Given that there is little research into China’s underdeveloped cold chain logistics, this research uses a typical case approach to examine the Shanghai cold chain case. It has been revealed that Shanghai government has been aware of the importance of cold chain logistics in realising its objective of being a shipping and air transport hub. Many logistic firms in Shanghai have seized the opportunity to develop their cold chain businesses. However, it appears that the existing cold chain facilities are still small in scale and most of the firms are unable to provide seamless and reliable cold chain services from suppliers to consumers as they have claimed, resulting in numerous complains for food quality problems. Australian food exporters need to choose to work with Chinese importers that have established cold chain facilities and management skills to ensure a complete commitment to food quality and safety. Australian cold chain logistics firms could also consider exporting their expertise that is much needed by their Chinese counterparts when the country increases food exports to China.

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Additional Information: c. University of Southern Queensland.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 02:22
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 02:28
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150799 Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070199 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8899 Other Transport > 889999 Transport not elsewhere classified

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