Operating as a third-party logistics integrator without any distribution operations ownership
by Kerstin Jager, Sandor Ujvari, Olli-Pekka Hilmola
International Journal of Services and Standards (IJSS), Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007

Abstract: Third-Party Logistics (3PL) providers have usually developed themselves through transportation ownership (mainly road or sea), and/or warehousing/freight forwarding capability. However, among these actual operations, there exists a number of other routes, e.g. by offering administrative/indirect work of sales, purchasing, business control and inventory management. With increased service level expectations among OEMs, there is a clear need for these kinds of well-defined and performed non-tangible logistical services. In this paper three case studies are presented, which show that a 3PL integrator could arise from this new service context, and could operate all logistical issues, even without any distribution operations ownership.

Online publication date: Thu, 29-Mar-2007

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