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Purchasing Green Transport and Logistics Services: Implications from the Environmental Sustainability Attitude of 3PLs
IRAT-CNR and Department of Management and Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
National Institute for Transport and Logistics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
2013 (English)In: Outsourcing Management for Supply Chain Operations and Logistics Services / [ed] Dimitris Folinas, Hershey, PA USA: IGI Global, 2013, 449-465 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Environmental sustainability is an area of increasing importance for third party logistics (3PL) com- panies. As the design and implementation of services requires interaction between buyer and 3PL, the 3PLs are in a critical position to support the efforts towards greening operations of different supply chain participants. However the literature in this field reflects a gap between the perspectives of buy- ers and 3PLs. This chapter attempts to fill this void through an explorative case study analysis on the environmental attitude of 3PLs in order to derive implications for buyers’ behavior. The results indicate that the buyer’s role is critical in different ways in the development of green initiatives among 3PLs. An increased orientation towards longer-term contracts and joint development would likely enhance the level of green initiatives. Indirectly, the buyer has the opportunity to influence its 3PLs through interac- tion with employees on different levels in the company, including top management. 

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Hershey, PA USA: IGI Global, 2013. 449-465 p.
Keyword [en]
Green Logistics, Logistics service providers, Purchasing, Contracting out, Business logistics
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85502DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2008-7.ch026ISBN: 978-1-4666-2008-7ISBN: 978-1-4666-2009-4ISBN: 978-1-4666-2010-0OAI: diva2:570971
Konkurrenskraftiga affärsmodeller för att möta framtidens krav på hållbara logistiksystem
Available from: 2012-11-21 Created: 2012-11-21 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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