A survey of 372 logistics managers in different industries revealed multiple outsourcing linkages among logistics activities. These results are consistent with previous findings that suggest that firms can improve customer service and reduce costs by outsourcing multiple logistics functions. The results are also consistent with previous research on the role that improved coordination of information and material flows have in the achievement of economies of scale and economies of scope. Future research developments in the field of logistics outsourcing are also proposed.
International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 1, 1999
Keywords: Outsourcing; Supply-chain management; Strategic planning