Resilience Strategies for Freight Transportation: An Overview of the Different Transport Modes Responses

Eveline Beer*, Jasmin Mikl, Hans-Joachim Schramm, David M. Herold

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For the transport and logistics industry, the COVID-19 pandemic can be regarded as one of the most difficult challenges since the beginning of the globalization. Studies showed that transport and logistics sector suffered more than the average economy and had to deal with both high supply and demand fluctuations, leading to major personnel, operational, and strategic changes. In this chapter, we present the (re)actions of the different transport modes, namely maritime shipping, airfreight, rail, road, and infrastructure. In particular, this chapter will not only provide an overview about the resilience strategies of transport and logistics companies as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic but will also present the impacts on the different transport modes and discuss specific initiatives and actions taken by transport and logistics companies. These discussions and the actions presented will provide academics as well as managers with a crucial understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the different transport modes and thus provide a theoretical and practical foundation to further spark discussions about the role of resilience in the transport and logistics sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupply Chain Resilience : Insights from Theory and Practice
EditorsSebastian Kummer, Tina Wakolbinger, Lydia Novoszel, Alexander M. Geske
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9783030954000
ISBN (Electronic)9783030954017
Publication statusPublished - 2022
SeriesSpringer Series in Supply Chain Management

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