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Third‐party logistics in Europe – five years later

Peter van Laarhoven (Faculty of Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Magnus Berglund (Department of Management and Economics, Logistics & Transport Systems, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden, and)
Melvyn Peters (Centre for Logistics & Transportation, Cranfield School of Management, Bedford, UK)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Discusses the results of a survey among shippers in several European countries involved in outsourcing their transport, warehousing and other logistics activities. The survey, which is a joint initiative of the universities of Cranfield, Eindhoven, Linköping and Rotterdam (Erasmus) and of ManDat GmbH, is a sequel to a similar survey carried out five years ago and has led to a renewed insight into the characteristics of logistics partnerships, the key success factors for making partnerships work, the concerns that shippers have about outsourcing and the benefits they expect to receive from it. The survey has led to two major observations: first, that the scope and level of sophistication of the partnerships has increased over the last five years, be it very gradually, and second, that the perception of outsourcing by shippers has not changed over the last five years.



van Laarhoven, P., Berglund, M. and Peters, M. (2000), "Third‐party logistics in Europe – five years later", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 425-442.




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