The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at http://www.emerald-library.com IJPDLM EPILOGUE 30,5 Global and pan-European logistics? How it is not yet happening in third-party logistics Remko I. van Hoek Cranfield School of Management, UK, University of Ghent, Belgium, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands In this special issue two papers were devoted to the third-party logistics sector as one of the focal industries for the construction of modern European logistics systems. This is not so strange, given the multitude of developments, sometimes turbulent of nature. DP/Danzas has acquired the land division of Nedlloyd and within months acquired Air Express International. FedEx has re- launched its European presence after pulling back some years ago. And Penske has downgraded its ambitions to become a top three player in Europe within a few years by redefining the industry. Third parties are actively marketing pan- European logistics and even global logistics pipelines. Yet, the two papers in this issue raise some issues that call for a reflection upon fads and facts. Evans, using the perspective of a client, points out that there may be much room left for smaller, local players in Europe; and van Laarhoven et al. can
International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 2000
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