Strategic outsourcing objectives drive 3PL selection criteria in India
by Vijayakumar Samgam; Himanshu K. Shee
International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management (IJLSM), Vol. 27, No. 1, 2017

Abstract: This paper examines the extent to which supply chain outsourcing objectives determine the selection criteria for 3PL service providers. While the 3PL selection criteria are researched earlier, there is little understanding how they are influenced by the strategic objectives of an organisation. Using a cross-sectional survey of 297 logistics and supply chain professionals from across industries in India, structural equation modelling (SEM) analysis reveals that strategic outsourcing objectives are the likely predictor of the 3PL selection criteria. The respondents perceived higher customer satisfaction, reduction of ICT legacy systems, capital investment avoidance and access to state-of-the-art technology that influence the decision on selection of 3PL service provider. The findings provide shipper managers an insight on how to purposefully assess the selection criteria ensuring their alignment with strategic objectives of outsourcing.

Online publication date: Thu, 16-Mar-2017

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