Authors: Sirp J. De Boer; Hans Voordijk
Addresses: Deceased; formerly of: University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands ' University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract: The increasing globalisation of the world economy is having a profound impact on logistics. Emerging economies are experiencing rapid developments that affect their warehousing facilities. The purpose of this study is to explore the strategic roles that warehousing plays and the changes therein. Based on a literature review, a new model has been developed in which changes in the strategic warehouse role depend on three primary location drivers and on site competence. Focusing on Ukraine, an emerging economy, data were collected through a desk study, questionnaires completed by international third-party logistics companies located in Ukraine and through in-depth expert interviews. The results show that the model developed is appropriate for use in the initial determination of a warehouse location and for its further development in an emerging economy.
Keywords: warehouse management; strategic roles; location drivers; emerging economies; Ukraine; case study; site competence; third-party logistics; 3PL; warehouse location; warehousing; facility location.
International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2014 Vol.6 No.1, pp.1 - 21
Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021
Published online: 14 Aug 2014 *