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Electronic marketplaces for tailored logistics

Wang, Yingli ORCID:, Potter, Andrew Thomas ORCID: and Naim, Mohamed Mohamed ORCID: 2007. Electronic marketplaces for tailored logistics. Industrial Management & Data Systems 107 (8) , pp. 1170-1187. 10.1108/02635570710822804

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate electronic logistics marketplaces (ELMs), especially closed systems based on long-term relationships between shippers and carriers. It aims to establish likely operational models and investigate their relationship with tailored logistics. Design/methodology/approach – Multiple case-studies with shippers, carriers and technology providers, involving interviews, process mapping, work-shops and system demonstrations. Findings – Key attributes in relation to processes, relationships and technology are identified. Finding reveal that the ELM business model is still at its infancy stage but with huge potential for growth in optimizing supply chain networks, and enabling the provision of tailored logistics. Practical implications – Business-to-business electronic marketplaces are becoming more common in practice. By characterizing the different operational models, decision makers in logistics can identify which structure is best suited for their particular application. The paper confirms the existence of three distinct ELM structures, while also specifying their key attributes. It provides a foundation for future research in this developing field. Originality/value – Research on ELMs is scarce. The paper establishes fundamentals of the operational models available to support closed ELM and provides insights on how different closed ELMs are structured, what they do and how they impact tailored logistics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distribution management; Electronic commerce; Freight forwarding
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0263-5577
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:14

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