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Publication date: 10 August 2022

Kofi Dadzie, Charlene Dadzie, Wesley J. Johnston, Evelyn Winston and Haizhong Wang

This study aims to draw on the strategy–structure–performance framework to investigate baseline supply chain (BSC) practices as a function of how firms structure logistics

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to draw on the strategy–structure–performance framework to investigate baseline supply chain (BSC) practices as a function of how firms structure logistics and marketing mix activities to achieve market share in the emerging market (EM) supply chain ecosystems.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors validate the study’s conceptual framework with survey data collected in two contrasting EM supply chain ecosystems. They include supply chains in EM economies with an advanced logistics/distribution infrastructure such as China and those in economies with poor logistics/distribution infrastructure such as Ghana. The authors use ordinary least squares regression and structural equation modeling analysis to examine the relative market share outcomes of different configurations of logistics-marketing practices (logistics-affordability marketing, logistics-accessibility marketing, logistics-acceptability marketing, logistics-and awareness and full integration into BSC).

Findings

Key findings confirm that the integration of logistics with marketing activities into BSC practice is more pervasive in EMs with high logistics performance index, such as China than in firms in EMs with low logistics performance index, such as Ghana. Moreover, the authors confirm that integrating logistics and marketing into BSC generates higher market share performance than logistics- or marketing-only practices in China and Ghana. These differences are driven more by the firm’s strategic orientation than the demands of competitive market conditions.

Research limitations/implications

The study focuses on BSC integration activities in the logistics and marketing functions because researchers have not updated this issue for the past two decades.

Practical implications

The study results provide managers with much-needed empirical evidence of the strategic benefit of BSC integration under different supply chain ecosystems in the EMs.

Originality/value

Linking BSC activities in logistics management and marketing management mix activities within the 4As marketing mix framework provides evidence to support the argument that the 4As marketing mix is an appropriate planning framework for EMs’ unique ecosystems.

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Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0885-8624

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Article
Publication date: 6 July 2022

Malin Song, Xiaowei Ma, Xin Zhao and Liangliang Zhang

Logistics capability is an important enabler of supply chain resilience (SCR). However, few studies have analyzed the underlying influence mechanism of logistics

Abstract

Purpose

Logistics capability is an important enabler of supply chain resilience (SCR). However, few studies have analyzed the underlying influence mechanism of logistics capability on SCR in extreme conditions, such as those of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study is to increase understanding of the role of logistics capabilities in constituting a resilient supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing upon the dynamic capability perspective and contingency theory, the proposed conceptual framework aims to demonstrate the relationship between a firm's logistics capabilities and SCR. Furthermore, the conceptual framework is illustrated by empirical evidence from a case study of a Chinese manufacturing company, which focuses on extracting practical lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Findings

The findings suggest that digitalization, innovativeness, and modularization comprise potential mediating pathways for firm logistics capability to affect SCR and government policies, risk management culture, trust and cooperation moderate the effect positively. The potential associations are identified and elucidated by detecting the corresponding strategies and practices of a Chinese manufacturer that performed well amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practical implications

This study provides specific guidelines for logistics managers to enhance SCR during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing SCR as a dynamic capability, the framework is also instructive for manufacturers, supply chain members, and policymakers to achieve the sustained competitive advantage of supply chains.

Originality/value

The findings expand the understanding of enhancing SCR in a logistics approach. The empirical validation of propositions in the case study reveals a new vista for research on SCR.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Publication date: 30 June 2022

Bhawana Rathore, Rohit Gupta, Baidyanath Biswas, Abhishek Srivastava and Shubhi Gupta

Recently, disruptive technologies (DTs) have proposed several innovative applications in managing logistics and promise to transform the entire logistics sector…

Abstract

Purpose

Recently, disruptive technologies (DTs) have proposed several innovative applications in managing logistics and promise to transform the entire logistics sector drastically. Often, this transformation is not successful due to the existence of adoption barriers to DTs. This study aims to identify the significant barriers that impede the successful adoption of DTs in the logistics sector and examine the interrelationships amongst them.

Design/methodology/approach

Initially, 12 critical barriers were identified through an extensive literature review on disruptive logistics management, and the barriers were screened to ten relevant barriers with the help of Fuzzy Delphi Method (FDM). Further, an Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) approach was built with the inputs from logistics experts working in the various departments of warehouses, inventory control, transportation, freight management and customer service management. ISM approach was then used to generate and examine the interrelationships amongst the critical barriers. Matrics d’Impacts Croises-Multiplication Applique a Classement (MICMAC) analysed the barriers based on the barriers' driving and dependence power.

Findings

Results from the ISM-based technique reveal that the lack of top management support (B6) was a critical barrier that can influence the adoption of DTs. Other significant barriers, such as legal and regulatory frameworks (B1), infrastructure (B3) and resistance to change (B2), were identified as the driving barriers, and industries need to pay more attention to them for the successful adoption of DTs in logistics. The MICMAC analysis shows that the legal and regulatory framework and lack of top management support have the highest driving powers. In contrast, lack of trust, reliability and privacy/security emerge as barriers with high dependence powers.

Research limitations/implications

The authors' study has several implications in the light of DT substitution. First, this study successfully analyses the seven DTs using Adner and Kapoor's framework (2016a, b) and the Theory of Disruptive Innovation (Christensen, 1997; Christensen et al., 2011) based on the two parameters as follows: emergence challenge of new technology and extension opportunity of old technology. Second, this study categorises these seven DTs into four quadrants from the framework. Third, this study proposes the recommended paths that DTs might want to follow to be adopted quickly.

Practical implications

The authors' study has several managerial implications in light of the adoption of DTs. First, the authors' study identified no autonomous barriers to adopting DTs. Second, other barriers belonging to any lower level of the ISM model can influence the dependent barriers. Third, the linkage barriers are unstable, and any preventive action involving linkage barriers would subsequently affect linkage barriers and other barriers. Fourth, the independent barriers have high influencing powers over other barriers.

Originality/value

The contributions of this study are four-fold. First, the study identifies the different DTs in the logistics sector. Second, the study applies the theory of disruptive innovations and the ecosystems framework to rationalise the choice of these seven DTs. Third, the study identifies and critically assesses the barriers to the successful adoption of these DTs through a strategic evaluation procedure with the help of a framework built with inputs from logistics experts. Fourth, the study recognises DTs adoption barriers in logistics management and provides a foundation for future research to eliminate those barriers.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 33 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 1990

Don Sutton

The logistics function has increased dramatically over the last decade from the narrow responsibilities of distribution to a broader interpretation of the disciplines…

Abstract

The logistics function has increased dramatically over the last decade from the narrow responsibilities of distribution to a broader interpretation of the disciplines involving all aspects of the material flow. The challenges that this has given logistics managers, who need to expand their skills to encompass the internal and external responsibilities of the traditional logistics function in order to take full advantage of the new technologies and incorporate new ideas into the business environment, are addressed.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 3 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 1994

Tony Hagon

Attempts to question the established paradigms of the relationshipbetween logistics companies and their traditional customers, thesuppliers, the manufacturers, retailers…

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Attempts to question the established paradigms of the relationship between logistics companies and their traditional customers, the suppliers, the manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. Calls for a completely open mind to the role of logistics in future and seeks to address concerns that ought to be felt by logistics managers (both managers of companies and managers of the internal logistics function). Recommends that the definition of logistics be broadened to include transport and storage of knowledge. Concludes that the logistics manager must grasp the initiative by being an active partner in the supplier customer dialogue, emphasizing the value of logistics to that dialogue.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 7 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 1978

Göran Persson

During the 60's and 70's the Business Logistics—or, as it is now often referred to in Scandinavia, the Materials Administration—philosophy has become a well established…

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During the 60's and 70's the Business Logistics—or, as it is now often referred to in Scandinavia, the Materials Administration—philosophy has become a well established and accepted management philosophy, based on a systems theory approach and emphasising a total materials flow concept. In literature as well as in practice however one encounters some major conceptual problems. One of the most significant areas in this context concerns the organisational aspects of the concept. Here proposals and assertions have covered a wide spectrum. Hence it has often been claimed that a logistics manager in a line position, based upon an organisational design involving a logistics department, is a requirement for the realisation of the philosophy. Just as firm, however, is the claim that a total approach to logistics only can be achieved within a matrix organisation framework. However, applications of the above‐mentioned organisational strategies often have negative logistics consequences. For example it is easy to find organisations where the introduction of a “logistics manager” concept has resulted in conflicts hindering the possibilities for a realisation of the logistics potentials for many years ahead.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management, vol. 8 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0269-8218

Article
Publication date: 1 October 2006

M. Sadiq Sohail, Rohit Bhatnagar and Amrik S. Sohal

The aim of this research is to undertake a comparative analysis on the use of third party logistics (3PL) services by manufacturing firms in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this research is to undertake a comparative analysis on the use of third party logistics (3PL) services by manufacturing firms in Singapore and Malaysia.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on a questionnaire survey conducted in Singapore and Malaysia in 1998 and 2000, respectively. The paper addresses key issues relating to the extent of usage of 3PL services, specific contract logistics services used, benefits for the user firms, obstacles encountered in implementing contract logistics relationships, impact of the use of contract logistics services on logistics costs, customer satisfaction, and employees of the user firms and the future plans of current users of contract logistics services.

Findings

Analysis shows that there are similarities on the use of contract logistics services in Singapore and Malaysia. These include the proportion of firms utilising contract logistics, the extent of involvement of functional managers, budget allocation and activities outsourced. Notable differences between the two countries include the decision‐making process, and the benefits to the firms from the use of contract logistics.

Research limitations/implications

Limited sample size and the generalisation of results to all manufacturing firms in Singapore and Malaysia manufacturers ignoring possible regional differences in each context are the two limitations in this study.

Originality/value

This study identifies the scope for 3PL services in Singapore and Malaysia. With the enhanced usage of contracting logistics, the study provides 3PL services providers who are considering Asia Pacific as a potential market, a comprehensive analysis of the current situation in Singapore and Malaysia.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 36 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 1991

Donald J. Bowersox and Patricia J. Daugherty

Attributes of leadership in logistics management today are reviewedand likely characteristics of leading logistical organisations of thefuture are suggested. Leading firms…

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Attributes of leadership in logistics management today are reviewed and likely characteristics of leading logistical organisations of the future are suggested. Leading firms will continue to rely on sophisticated solutions and development of unique competences to gain differential advantage. The essence of these sophisticated solutions will be information.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Publication date: 1 January 1992

Donald J. Bowersox and Patricia J. Daugherty

Reports on recent research on “leading edge” firms,which shows that logistics plays an important role in a firm′scompetitiveness. Details the evolution of advanced…

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Reports on recent research on “leading edge” firms, which shows that logistics plays an important role in a firm′s competitiveness. Details the evolution of advanced logistics management, analyses the essence of logistical leadership and outlines likely characteristics of the leading logistics organizations of tomorrow. Suggests that leading firms use logistical competence strategically to realize competitive advantage. Sophisticated solutions are required and information has come to play a vital role in this regard.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 5 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Article
Publication date: 1 September 2016

Lingyun Zhou, Jie Wu, Dong Mu, Yachao Wu and Zhonghua Gu

As a crucial element of city planning, an adequately planned logistics center for agricultural products can improve the circulation efficiency of agricultural products…

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As a crucial element of city planning, an adequately planned logistics center for agricultural products can improve the circulation efficiency of agricultural products, thereby contributing to a convenient lifestyle of urban residents. First, this study analyzed the functional zones of urban green logistics centers for agricultural products based on low-carbon idea. A method was also proposed to calculate the area of each functional zone. Moreover, this study proposed a layout planning innovation method of urban green logistics centers for agricultural products based on logistics motion line analysis and logistics intensity calculation. Lastly, this study analyzed the application processes of the layout planning methodology according to the topographical conditions of Huai’an logistics center project case in China. Results of the case study show that the construction innovation method proposed in this study is scientific, reasonable, and practical. The construction innovation method can be also used for the planning and designing of similar urban logistics centers.

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Open House International, vol. 41 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0168-2601

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