Title: Understanding the logistics centre location decision: what are the main decision criteria and evaluation methods?

Authors: Turgay Battal

Addresses: Sehit Kemal Cad. No 63, 35310 Guzelbahace, Izmir, Turkey

Abstract: A logistics centre is the specific area where commercial operators carry out all activities dedicated to transport, logistics, and goods distribution - both for national and international transit. Selecting suitable logistics centre location is very important for obtaining optimal solutions for a country's logistics infrastructure. This may involve many various decision criteria to decide where each logistics centre should be established. Therefore, valid criteria should be identified and a proper methodology implemented. Given the importance of the topic, this study conducted a systematic literature survey to classify relevant articles. The systematic literature review was completed in two stages. First, the main decision criteria are considered in the evaluation process; second, the most common evaluation methods for the logistics centre location decision are examined. Last, the discussion is performed whether logistics centre location problem is still relevant.

Keywords: systematic literature review; logistics centres; decision-making criteria; research techniques.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2020.108210

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2020 Vol.8 No.2, pp.154 - 192

Received: 29 Jun 2019
Accepted: 20 Sep 2019

Published online: 29 Jun 2020 *

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