Selecting the location of distribution centre in logistics operations: A conceptual framework and case study

Vinh Van Thai (Department of Maritime Business, Australian Maritime College, P.O. Box 986, Launceston TAS 7250 Australia)
Devinder Grewal (Department of Maritime Business, Australian Maritime College, P.O. Box 986, Launceston TAS 7250 Australia)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Publication date: 1 September 2005

Abstract

This paper presents the outcomes of a study of the choice of location for distribution centres in logistics operations. A conceptual frame work of location selection for distribution centre is worked out through three main stages. At the first stage, a general geographical area for distribution centre is identified based on the Centre of Gravity principle, taking into consideration socio‐economic factors. The second stage of the selection process involves the identification of alternative locations for the distribution centre and the airports and seaports to be used for in bound and out bound cargo flows within the defined general geographical area. The third stage focuses on specific site selection among the identified alternative locations for the distribution centre based on the quantitative approach. This involves a mathematical model which aims to optimise either the total distribution cost or the integration of total distance transport with given relevant volumes of cargo. In order to illustrate the conceptual frame work, a case study of a logistics service provider will be provided. Data from the case study proved that the conceptual framework for selection is valid and can be of value to logistics companies in their operations and management.

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Van Thai, V. and Grewal, D. (2005), "Selecting the location of distribution centre in logistics operations: A conceptual framework and case study", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 17 No. 3, pp. 3-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/13555850510672359

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