Greening the offerings of logistics service providers
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual NOFOMA Conference: Logistics and Supply Chain Management in a Globalised Economy / [ed] Arlbjørn Stentoft, Kolding, 2010, 969-984 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Purpose of this paper: The importance of green aspects for companies is increasing. Therefore logistics service providers have a possibility to compete by being greener than their competitors. One possibility is to offer services that include different green aspects. The purpose of this paper is to develop a description of possible green categories of a logistics offering, based on a combination of customer and logistics service provider perspectives.
Design/methodology/approach: A structured literature review showed what has been published on offerings and requirements regarding green logistics. Empirical data was collected in two steps. A survey was sent out to both shippers and logistics service providers and selected company homepages were scanned.
Findings: The paper identifies a range of green categories as well as more specific aspects that can be a part of logistics service providers’ offerings. The findings consist of views from shippers as well as logistics service providers.
Research limitations/implications (if applicable): The paper is mainly based on Swedish companies only and thereby provides a possibility to extend the research into other countries as well. Specific research on logistics companies’ green offerings is still scarce and a multidisciplinary approach is recommended for future research.
Practical implications (if applicable): The paper provides insight into which green aspects logistics service providers can include in their offerings, as well as what customers could demand from logistics service providers.
What is original/value of paper: This paper illustrates both theoretically and empirically which green aspects that can be included in offerings and thereby providing logistics service providers with increased competitiveness alongside increased sustainability.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kolding, 2010. 969-984 p.
Logistics service provider, green logistics, offering, customer demands, survey
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62708ISBN: 978-87-92471-05-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-62708DiVA: diva2:374105
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