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Third-party logistics: A literature review

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  • Marasco, Alessandra
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    Third-party logistics (TPL) has attracted considerable research attention in the recent past. Despite the growing body of literature on this topic, precious little effort has been devoted to synthesizing the overall state of art of research on TPL. In this paper, an attempt is made to review the status of literature on TPL. A literature review scheme is presented. A total of 152 articles published between 1989 and 2006 in 33 reputable international journals are reviewed and classified into content- and methodology-related issues. Based on the review, suggestions for future research are likewise provided.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 113 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (May)
    Pages: 127-147

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:113:y:2008:i:1:p:127-147
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    1. Krumwiede, Dennis W. & Sheu, Chwen, 2002. "A model for reverse logistics entry by third-party providers," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 325-333, October.
    2. Lai, Kee-hung, 2004. "Service capability and performance of logistics service providers," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 385-399, September.
    3. Tyan, Jonah C. & Wang, Fu-Kwun & Du, Timon C., 2003. "An evaluation of freight consolidation policies in global third party logistics," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 55-62, February.
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    7. Panayides, Photis M. & So, Meko, 2005. "Logistics service provider-client relationships," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 41(3), pages 179-200, May.
    8. Huiskonen, Janne & Pirttila, Timo, 2002. "Lateral coordination in a logistics outsourcing relationship," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(2), pages 177-185, July.
    9. Lim, Wei Shi, 2000. "A lemons market? An incentive scheme to induce truth-telling in third party logistics providers," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 125(3), pages 519-525, September.
    10. Stank, Theodore P. & Daugherty, Patricia J., 1997. "The impact of operating environment on the formation of cooperative logistics relationships," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 53-65, March.
    11. Chen, Frank Y. & Hum, S. H. & Sun, J., 2001. "Analysis of third-party warehousing contracts with commitments," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 131(3), pages 603-610, June.
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