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Le développement économique des prestataires logistiques
[The Economic Development of the 3PL]


  • Bensassi, Sami


This paper concerns the recent development of large international firms in the logistics and transport industry. Our work is based on an historic comparison of the American and French market for logistics and transport activities along the twentieth century. We retrace three important period, the first period from the end of the first world war to the seventies is marked by the growing competition between rail transport and road haulage, and by the equally growing regulation in the various freight transport activities. The second period form the end of the seventies to the middle of the nineties is a turning point period for the transport sector: international trade become more liberalized, deregulation of the transport sector occurs, new technologies are diffusing, and many shippers are adopting just in time form of organization. We show that as a consequence of these transformations, in a third period running from the middle of nineties through these days, many transportations firms react by adopting a new form of organization more internationalized and more integrated.

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  • Bensassi, Sami, 2008. "Le développement économique des prestataires logistiques
    [The Economic Development of the 3PL]
    ," MPRA Paper 8945, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:8945

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    1. Richard E. Baldwin, 2011. "Multilateralising Regionalism: Spaghetti Bowls as Building Blocks on the Path to Global Free Trade," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume I, chapter 2 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Robert C. Feenstra, 1998. "Integration of Trade and Disintegration of Production in the Global Economy," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(4), pages 31-50, Fall.
    3. Cafruny, Alan W., 1985. "The political economy of international shipping: Europe versus America," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 39(01), pages 79-119, December.
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    History of firms Logistics Freight transport Business models;

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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure

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