Open Access Original Research Article

Moderating Impact of Innovation Practices on Logistics Practices of 3PLs Service Provider in Malaysia Context

Omotayo Adebare, Melan Mustakim, Alonge O. Richard

Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, Page 1-12
DOI: 10.9734/jemt/2021/v27i630347

Innovation consists of making collaborative efforts in term of relationship with other organization and institutions to attain competitive advantage by means of innovative services and products, as well as different relationships with their shareholders and stakeholders. Logistics services includes warehousing, freight, transportation, product return and repairs, inventory management, packaging, order entry/order processing. All these can be managed internally. But the challenges of coping with manufacturing and handling logistics which is not the core of the organization business model result to the outsourcing for logistics service providers, such as third-party logistics service providers. This paper aimed at investigating the moderating effect of innovation on logistics practices, particularly, warehousing, transport and packaging services, of 3PLs service provider in Malaysia manufacturing sector. Quantitative method of research was adopted, and questionnaire was distributed electronically. It was analysed using SPSS and the result indicated that innovation of green logistics moderates the relationship between inventory management and operational performance, packaging and service performance but does not moderate relationship between transportation and service performance.

Open Access Original Research Article

Factors Affecting Default in the Loan Portfolio of Microfinance Institutions in Cameroon

Penn Collins Chi, Forbeneh Agha Jude, Ombom Moui Yvette Nathalie

Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, Page 13-24
DOI: 10.9734/jemt/2021/v27i630348

The main objective of microfinance is to provide funds to those who are excluded from the banking system. But in order to attain this objective they have to deal with the issue of default in their loan portfolios. The aim of this paper is to analysis the factors that affect the default of borrowers in microfinance institutions. The discriminant analysis reveals that 96.6% of the bad borrowers are correctly classified and 92.1% of the good borrowers are correctly classified and that other debts, age of borrower, borrowers income and number of dependents significantly affect the likelihood of default. We suggest that credit officers in microfinance institutions should be keen on these factors when granting loans.

Open Access Original Research Article

Inflationary Effect on Nigeria Economic Growth: The ARDL Bound Test Approach

B. U. K. Farouk, I. J. David, N. S. Agog

Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, Page 25-36
DOI: 10.9734/jemt/2021/v27i630349

The expectation of any country is to experience a high output but in the presence of increasing inflation such expectation becomes blurring because high inflation is a sign of a low working economic system. In this research the impact of inflation rate (InfR) on Nigeria economic growth (EcoG) is studied for the period of 1986 to 2018 using an Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) Bounds test approach to determine the co-integration existence between InfR and EcoG and determine the long run effect through the approach of Error Correction Model (ECM). The results obtained showed that an ARDL (2, 2) model was the best fitted model for the sampled data based on the smallest Akaike’s Information Criterion (AIC) value obtained. Also, it was found that InfR significantly impacted on Nigeria EcoG negatively on the long and short run dynamics with a stable estimation as portrayed by the CUSUM square chart.

Open Access Original Research Article

Determinants of Halal Awareness and Its Implications for Behavioral Intention

Friska Mastarida, Farida Jasfar, Hamdy Hady

Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, Page 48-57
DOI: 10.9734/jemt/2021/v27i630351

Aims: This study aims to investigate the effect of consumer awareness influenced by knowledge, religiosity, and subjective norm on behavioral intention to buy halal food products in Indonesia.

Methodology: Structural equation modeling methods were used in hypothesis testing.

Results: The eight tests show no causal relationship between Knowledge and Behavioral Intention. This means that Knowledge does not significantly influence Behavioral Intention to buy halal products. Furthermore, Knowledge, Religiosity, and Subjective Norm have a significant simultaneous influence on Attitude. Similarly, Knowledge, Religiosity, Subjective Norm, and Attitude have a significant concurrent influence on Behavioral Intention. 

Conclusion: In scientific development, theoretical contributions in halal food are carried out by adding variables, including halalness value creation quality to develop a sustainable halal ecosystem. However, further research should be conducted, especially in the value creation process using another grand supporting theory.

Novelty: This study uses quantitative analysis by providing a new conceptual model and the relationship between variables based on consumer culture theory as a novelty.

Open Access Review Article

Analysis of Cargo Airline Services Quality in Cargo Delivery In Nigeria

Ayantoyinbo Boye Benedict, Gbadegesin Adeolu Emmanuel

Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, Page 37-47
DOI: 10.9734/jemt/2021/v27i630350

This study analysed cargo airline services and cargo delivery in Nigeria. The focus was on identifying the disparity between expected and perceived airline service quality on cargo delivery. This study was carried out in Lagos State, Nigeria. Random sampling technique was used to select 239 freight forwarders agents that operate in the Cargo Terminal of Muritatal Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State. SERVQUAL model and t-test were used to analyse the disparity between expectations and perceptions of airline service quality. SERVQUAL model average gap score is -0.126 which implies that customers are not satisfied with cargo airline service quality. Moreover, the findings revealed that there is a negative disparity between customer expectations and perceptions of airline service quality on air cargo delivery with Reliability having the lowest negative t-value of (-34.409), followed by Tangibles with a t-value of (-23.300), Responsiveness has a t-value of (-12.910), Assurance followed with t-value of (-13.572) while Empathy has a t-value of (-10.165). Conclusion is drawn that cargo airline customers' expectations about their service quality are more than they really perceived. Recommendation was made that cargo airline should make an assessment of service quality dimensions (Tangibles, Reliability, Responsiveness, Assurance and Empathy) and provide a means to improve upon them.