This paper seeks to address how firms may contribute to environmental improvement through structural changes of their logistics systems.
A comprehensive literature review discloses the low interest that has been directed to environmental issues in logistics, and findings relevant for structural issues at a firm level are described. Three cases where firms have implemented different types of structural changes to their logistics systems support the analysis.
A range of different measures to succeed in environmental as well as logistics performance are presented, comprising types of consolidation, logistics standardisation, and IS/IT solutions allowing a vast restructuring of logistics systems.
The discussion about logistics and the environment has mostly revolved around more environmental friendly technological solutions, concerning single firms as well as governmental support for technology development. The structural, more organisational issues, have been addressed on a societal level, where solutions concern infrastructure. There is a need to reduce the amount of transport in general. The paper discusses how logistics systems' environmental performance can be improved simultaneously with a non‐reduction of logistics performance in terms of costs and delivery service.
Aronsson, H. and Huge Brodin, M. (2006), "The environmental impact of changing logistics structures", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 394-415. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574090610717545Download as .RIS
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