From pre-Medieval to post-modern times: Logistics routes and their modalities have not changed much

John Kidd*, Marielle Stumm

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Purpose - The paper aims to begin with a brief review of early banking and finance methods, early logistics routes through Europe, and message delivery modes in medieval China, the paper then proposes to move on to a comparative study of modern logistics modes in the European Union and in India - in particular the ports of Le Havre (France) and Mangalore (Karnataka). Design/methodology/approach - The data are derived from secondary sources, including the local press in India as well as official European Union (EU) documentation. Findings - Given the cultural and political differences between the EU and India, their logistics and hinterland development are very different in deployment and scope: Le Havre "scores" much more highly than Mangalore and the EU is much more coherently developed than India. Practical implications - Le Havre, France, and the EU are well placed through their integrated logistics development to merge with the proposed Euro-Asia-America "land-bridge" which initially will be based on a redeveloped Trans-Siberian rail network; whereas the southern "Silk Road" development, taking in India, is floundering due to many factors inhibiting implementation of this new network. Originality/value - The paper will be of interest to those who wish to view the development of intercontinental logistics routes, and to grasp the future potential for new trade links between the Pacific and the Atlantic ports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1261
Number of pages13
JournalManagement Decision
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2005


  • Distribution management
  • European Union
  • India


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