|Determinants for assigning value-added logistics services to logistics centers within a supply chain configuration|
Chen, L.; Notteboom, T. (2012). Determinants for assigning value-added logistics services to logistics centers within a supply chain configuration. J. Int. Logist. Trade 10(1): 3-41
In: Journal of International Logistics and Trade. Jungseok Research Institute of International Logistics and Trade: Incheon. ISSN 1738-2122, more
distribution center, value-added logistics, location analysis, product logistics characteristics, distribution system
A number of literature contributions have underlined the importance of developing value-added logistics activities or VALS in order to help improve customers’ satisfaction. However, there is usually very little attention given regarding where to perform these VALS. This study aims to: (1) identify a comprehensive set of factors which may influence the location of VALS, (2) to analyze to what extent those factors influence location decisions, and (3) to distinguish the determinants behind the location choices for distribution centers and for the kind of VALS that will be developed in these distribution centers.In this paper, we will present a conceptual framework on the locations of VALS in view of the identifying determinants for assigning VALS to logistical centers. We argue that the optimal location of VALS is determined by complex interactions between the determinants at the level of the choice of a distribution system, distribution center location factors, and different logistical characteristics regarding products.