Reconfiguration of supply chains and implications for transport

Olga W. Lemoine (Institut for Transportstudier, Padborg, Denmark)
Tage Skjoett‐Larsen (Department of Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Publication date: 1 December 2004


A large number of firms have reconfigured their supply chains. The general trends entail, among others, the reduction, centralization and re‐location of plants and distribution centers, the design of new distribution systems, and the reduction of the supplier base. The analysis of the implications of such reconfiguration for freight transport has received comparatively little attention, and most of the analysis has focused on the development of different theoretical models showing how changes in logistic structures and decisions could affect the transport demand. Using empirical data from Denmark, this paper sheds some light on the implications of reconfiguration supply chains on transport. Industry mail surveys among Danish firms as well as an in‐depth case study were performed. The consequences of the reconfiguration process on the present and future demand for transport are measured and analyzed in terms of the quantity of transport units used (trucks/containers), and the transport‐work (ton/km).



Lemoine, O. and Skjoett‐Larsen, T. (2004), "Reconfiguration of supply chains and implications for transport", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 34 No. 10, pp. 793-810.

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