Electronic marketplaces for tailored logistics

Yingli Wang (Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Andrew Potter (Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Mohamed Naim (Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Publication date: 2 October 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate electronic logistics marketplaces (ELMs), especially closed systems based on long‐term relationships between shippers and carriers. It aims to establish likely operational models and investigate their relationship with tailored logistics.

Design/methodology/approach

Multiple case‐studies with shippers, carriers and technology providers, involving interviews, process mapping, work‐shops and system demonstrations.

Findings

Key attributes in relation to processes, relationships and technology are identified. Finding reveal that the ELM business model is still at its infancy stage but with huge potential for growth in optimizing supply chain networks, and enabling the provision of tailored logistics.

Practical implications

Business‐to‐business electronic marketplaces are becoming more common in practice. By characterizing the different operational models, decision makers in logistics can identify which structure is best suited for their particular application. The paper confirms the existence of three distinct ELM structures, while also specifying their key attributes. It provides a foundation for future research in this developing field.

Originality/value

Research on ELMs is scarce. The paper establishes fundamentals of the operational models available to support closed ELM and provides insights on how different closed ELMs are structured, what they do and how they impact tailored logistics.

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Citation

Wang, Y., Potter, A. and Naim, M. (2007), "Electronic marketplaces for tailored logistics", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 107 No. 8, pp. 1170-1187. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570710822804

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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