An evaluation of web site services in liner shipping in Taiwan

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This paper empirically evaluates web site services in the liner shipping industry based on the service requirements of the user firms, i.e., shippers. The results suggest that shippers perceive tracing to be the most important service attribute of a web site, followed by customs response, vessel schedules, and electronic document service. Based on the concept of market segmentation, we employed cluster analysis to classify users (shippers) of web site services provided by liner shipping companies into four segments, namely support and performance services oriented firms, equipment information oriented firms, performance information oriented firms, and transaction services oriented firms. Theoretical and practical implications of the research findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-318
Number of pages26
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Cluster analysis
  • Liner shipping
  • Market segmentation
  • Web site services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Transportation


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