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Outsourcing of integrated logistics functions: An examination of industry practices

Elliot Rabinovich (Department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy, The Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA)
Robert Windle (Department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy, The Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA)
Martin Dresner (Department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy, The Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA)
Thomas Corsi (Department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy, The Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Maryland, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 August 1999

Abstract

A survey of 372 logistics managers in different industries revealed multiple outsourcing linkages among logistics activities. These results are consistent with previous findings that suggest that firms can improve customer service and reduce costs by outsourcing multiple logistics functions. The results are also consistent with previous research on the role that improved coordination of information and material flows have in the achievement of economies of scale and economies of scope. Future research developments in the field of logistics outsourcing are also proposed.

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Rabinovich, E., Windle, R., Dresner, M. and Corsi, T. (1999), "Outsourcing of integrated logistics functions: An examination of industry practices", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 353-374. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600039910283587

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