Title

Supply Chain Integration with Third-Party Logistics Providers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

International Journal of Production Economics

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

125

Issue

2

First page number:

262

Last page number:

271

Abstract

This study used the support of extant theory to propose that there are significant differences in the postures of firms that include logistics providers in their supply chain management efforts versus those that do not. Further, we identified four supply chain management constructs as being important factors in predicting firm performance, and then compared their levels of perceived importance of these factors across the two groups of firms. Our analysis supports the premise that information integration, 3PL selection criteria, performance evaluation, and relationship building are positively correlated with firm performance. Also, our results show that firms that include 3PLs in their supply chain management efforts emphasize certain supply chain management constructs to a higher extent compared to firms that exclude 3PLs in their supply chain management efforts. The results of this study can be used in a Pareto sense of focusing on a few vital factors that can enhance firm performance.

Keywords

Business logistics; Empirical study; Firm performance; Information integration; Supply chain integration; Supply chain management; Third-party logistics providers

Disciplines

Business | International Business | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Language

English

Permissions

Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.

Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2010.02.014

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