Linking to gobal logistics value chains: an imperative for developing countries
2008 (English)In: International journal of technological learning, innovation and development, ISSN 1753-1942, Vol. 1, no 3, 427-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Advanced Logistics Services (ALSs) have emerged as an
indispensable element in Global Value Chains (GVCs). By adapting to shipper
demand, logistics services providers facilitate the expansion of world trade.
Firms focus on cost-cutting measures, including outsourcing of logistics
activities. This often means outsourcing some of their logistics activities to
so-called Third- and Fourth-Party Logistics (3PL or 4PL) providers.
This paper focuses on the role of ALS in connection to GVCs or Global
Production Networks (GPNs). The term -Logistics Value Chain- (LVC) is used
to illustrate the complex market structure and division of work that has
emerged between various service providers in the market for ALS. Recent
development in East Asia, and also in other developing economies, is similar
to what happened in western Europe over the past 20 years. Logistics Service
Providers (LSPs) can take advantage of these experiences, well-functioning
LVCs rely on two components: (1) committed and effective transport and
Customs authorities and related policy-making; and (2) competitive logistics
services. These two are essential for local producers - typically Small and
Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) - to connect to GPNs. The absence of
effective logistics markets is a serious obstacle for firms wishing to
internationalise, which often leads to sustained poverty.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 1, no 3, 427-450 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42704Local ID: 68321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-42704DiVA: diva2:263561