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How different is carrier choice for third party logistics companies?


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  • Patterson, Zachary
  • Ewing, Gordon O.
  • Haider, Murtaza


The purpose of this paper is to test whether third party logistics companies (3PLs) are different from other end-shippers with respect to how they choose their carriers. The results of carrier choice models developed in this paper suggest that 3PLs are more biased against intermodal shipping than other end-shippers. The principal conclusions are as follows: mode and carrier choice modeling needs to take into consideration differences between 3PLs and other end-shippers; and with the increasing role of 3PLs in choosing carriers, their stronger bias against intermodal shipping will present further challenges to increasing freight rail mode share.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 764-774

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Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:5:p:764-774

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Keywords: Mode choice modeling Third party logistics companies Freight modeling;


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  1. Reniers, G.L.L. & Dullaert, W., 2013. "A method to assess multi-modal Hazmat transport security vulnerabilities: Hazmat transport SVA," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 103-113.
  2. Dullaert, Wout & Zamparini, Luca, 2013. "The impact of lead time reliability in freight transport: A logistics assessment of transport economics findings," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 49(1), pages 190-200.


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