MGT 370-Week 1 Discussion

I need 250 words Initial Post and two replies of 75 words each.  No plagiarism. 

 Based on your readings this week, in 200 to 300 words, describe two difficulties that an international logistician could experience in moving goods from a country with a developed infrastructure (transportation, communication, and utilities) to a country with a deficient infrastructure.  Be sure to respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. 

Maxwell Takyi

Yesterday26 Aug at 11:20

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Hello All,

According to the textbook, infrastructure refers to all elements publicly or privately owned that aids in facilitating transportation, communication, and business exchanges such as public utilities, banking services, and retail distribution channels. The level or standard of performance expectations forms these infrastructures depend on how developed or underdeveloped the country offering those services is. David (2013).

As the saying goes, “things don’t work abroad as they do at home” this statement is so because there are different types of challenges that an international logistics manager is expected to experience depending on the geographical location or country that he/she is dealing with.  Knowing and understanding these challenges can either increase or decrease expectations and give reason to prepare accordingly. David (2013).

One of such major challenges that a logistician could experience when moving goods from a country with developed infrastructure to a country with a deficient infrastructure would be road infrastructure quality.  According to the textbook, Russia does not have a trans-Siberian road connection between its Western and Eastern parts resulting in a restricted or slow movement of shipments. In Calcutta, India, congestion has reduced the average vehicle speed to about 5mph within city limits. David (2013).

Another difficulty that an international logistician could experience when moving goods between countries with developed infrastructure and countries with deficient infrastructure is the ability to communicate between suppliers and customers.  For instance, according to the textbook, mail delivery service in South Africa is so unreliable that both businesses and individuals no longer trust it enough to send payments, forcing them to make payments in person or through banks. David (2013). 


David, P. (2013).  International logistics: The management of international trade operations  (4th ed.). Retrieved from

Wen hao Li

Monday24 Aug at 9:46

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Week 1/Discussion 1,  

Hello class, 

According to the textbook, infrastructure is defined as all the elements (publicly or privately owned goods) to facilitate transportation, communications, and business exchanges (David, 2013, Pg. 65). Without these infrastructures being in place, there would be no effective way of moving valuable items like goods, documents, or money. With different countries being participating in business with each other, there needs to be careful consideration of the various infrastructure types. Countries have different levels of infrastructure, so if infrastrucutures are inadequate, business can’t be conducted. 

The two difficulties would be the need to adapt to the depth of channels and berths and bridge clearance, as well as the lack of a runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft. Many ports cannot support the post-Panamax ships that have a “wider, longer, higher above the water, and have a much deeper draft” (David, 2013, Pg. 65). With the advancement of these bigger ships, a country with a deficient port will have to dredge to increase its depth of the water. Another issue with ships coming to the ports is having older ports being insufficient in clearance. Many older ports cannot support the taller ships, because the bridges are very low in height. 

The second issue is the lack of a runway to support the larger aircraft. Many cities cannot extend the size of their runway because they are landlocked by the ever-growing city surrounding it (David, 2013, Pg. 82). Having a smaller runway will not be sufficient in allowing bigger aircraft to come in. Since many countries only have smaller runways, they must have the resources to build airports distant from the city centers to serve international flights.  


David, P. (2013). International logistics: The management of international trade operations (4th ed.). Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)