To read this content please select one of the options below:

The impact of electronic commerce on logistics service providers

Werner Delfmann (Department of General Management, Business Policy and Logistics, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)
Sascha Albers (Department of General Management, Business Policy and Logistics, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)
Martin Gehring (Department of General Management, Business Policy and Logistics, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 April 2002

24633

Abstract

The impact of e‐commerce on the business environment is often praised but seldom analyzed with scrutiny. In this paper we try to depict the underlying logistically relevant aspects of e‐commerce and their impacts on logistics service providers. This seems to be of considerable importance, as logistics is seen as the back‐bone of e‐commerce operations. However, the firms specializing in this field are commonly neglected. We argue that the logistical implications of e‐commerce can be differentiated into two main categories: the rise of e‐marketplaces; and the elimination of supply chain elements (disintermediation). By analyzing these two categories and their major logistical implications in detail we deduct strategic consequences for logistics service providers.

Keywords

Citation

Delfmann, W., Albers, S. and Gehring, M. (2002), "The impact of electronic commerce on logistics service providers", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 203-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030210426539

Publisher

:

MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 2002, MCB UP Limited

Related articles