Road haulier competition : Implications for supply chain integration

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Road haulier competition : Implications for supply chain integration
Author(s) Borgström, Benedikte ; Jensen, Leif-Magnus ; Hertz, Susanne
Date 2014
Editor(s) Gammelgaard, Britta; Prockl, Günter; Kinra, Aseem; Aastrup, Jesper; Holm Andreasen, Peter; Schramm, Hans-Joachim; Hsuan, Juliana; Malouf, Malek; Wieland, Andreas
English abstract
Purpose Road hauliers are under substantial competitive pressure. We aim to better understand road haulier competition and its implications in terms of integration and competence in the logistics service supply chain and industrial supply chain. Design/methodology/approach Comparative cases of trucking and competition are constructed from Swedish and Polish case studies (interviews, observation and secondary material). Our qualitative approach involves researchers and actors of the road transport chain that collaboratively create understanding of development in the road transport business. Findings A transaction and low cost focus might lead to prices which cannot cover the normal expenses for vehicle maintenance, salary and fuel, exploiting drivers sleeping in the truck cabins for weeks and vehicles which are not well maintained. We also find low cost and competent small transport firms driving vehicles with low environmental impact, and with good safety performance. Many industrial firms strive for integration but neglect integration of the logistics and transportation services chain, thus sacrificing integration and competence in the supply chain as well as sustainability. Research limitations/implications The study explores rather than proves shortcomings in supply chain management. Future process research approaches can facilitate theory building on operational and strategic interactions of the industrial supply chain and the logistics service chain. Practical implications By having CSR requirements but not enforcing them in the transport chain, transport buyers may be contributing to a system of extreme low cost transportation competition where long-term performance is poor especially on social and environmental aspects. Original/value The industrial supply chain and the logistics service chain is investigated as an interrelated network.
Host/Issue 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network : NOFOMA 2014, Proceedings;
ISBN 78-87-997433-0-8
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) road transport
supply chain
transport network
sustainability
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 26th Conference of the Nordic Logistics Research Network (NOFOMA), Copenhagen, Denmark, 11-13 June, 2014
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18317 (link to this page)
Link https://conference.cbs.dk/index.php/nofoma/nofoma2014 (external link to related web page)

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