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The role of transport flexibility in logistics provision

Naim, Mohamed Mohamed ORCID:, Potter, Andrew Thomas ORCID:, Mason, Robert John ORCID: and Bateman, Nicola Ann 2006. The role of transport flexibility in logistics provision. The International Journal of Logistics Management 17 (3) , pp. 297-311. 10.1108/09574090610717491

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Purpose – This paper aims to develop a framework that rationalises transport flexibility into different types. In this way the role of the flexibility types in delivering specific strategic logistics outcomes can be determined. Design/methodology/approach – The authors undertake a synthesis of available literature related to flexibility to determine what types of transport flexibility are required and when. Findings – Twelve definitions and key components of transport flexibility are identified. These signify a proactive approach to the consideration of the subject within the context of a collaborative approach to relationships between carrier, supplier and customer. Research limitations/implications – This is a conceptual study developing definitions and models for transport flexibility. While these frameworks have been formed within the context of the literature, further research to determine the application of the model will need to be undertaken, to examine the benefits and costs associated with various degrees of flexibility. Practical implications – While the definitions and models are conceptual, they are important as generic templates by which carriers may develop a logistics strategy, determining their competitive offering and hence defining their flexibility capabilities. They may then determine the degree of collaboration necessary. The results of this paper also inform further empirical research into the area of transport and logistics flexibility. Originality/value – There is little research that addresses the issue of transport flexibility from a logistics perspective. Thus, there is originality in developing a framework that rationalises transport flexibility into different types. This will provide a foundation by which carriers and shippers may develop collaborative and information technology strategies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distribution managemen ; Response flexibilit ; Supply chain management
ISSN: 0957-4093
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:21

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