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How Collaborative Logistics Management Increases Supply Chain Efficiency
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Globalization, rapid technological change, shorter product life cycles, changing customer preferences, and hyper competition are just some characteristics of today’s business environment. As a result, organizations have become aware of the fact that working alone is almost impossible. Therefore, they began to understand that building relationships are keys to a successful business. In fact, as the business processes become more specialized, organizations prefer to focus on their core competencies and outsourcing becomes a relevant strategy. Consequently parts of the value adding processes are displaced outside the four walls of the firm which in turn, need a closer partnership (collaboration) between the partners. In today’s world logistics which includes transportation, inventory, order processing, purchasing, warehousing, materials handling, packaging, and much more, must continuously be developed to meet those described challenges. In fact, an effective logistics system is a must in order to meet and satisfy the customer demand. These developments require a considerable effort and significant capital. Accordingly, outsourcing the logistics activities become common and many companies leave these tasks to those who have available resources and are competent to perform them. However, as mentioned, outsourcing without cooperation is inefficient. The objective of this research project is to introduce and describe collaborative logistics management and investigate its consequence on the supply chain. This purpose necessitates a framework to support the collaboration between the entities in the chain especially in terms of logistics activities. Besides, the potential benefits (in terms of cost and services) in logistics collaboration are supported by a lot of literatures. Despite the identified needs and potential benefits, there are still barriers through which is not started or not successful enough. Therefore, while those barriers must be identified, possible enablers should be designed and implemented to attain desired benefits. This has been done through both a theoretical review and also a case study.

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University of Borås/School of Engineering , 2009.
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Magisteruppsats
Keywords [en]
supply chain, logistics, collaboration, complexity, innovation
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-19557Local ID: 2320/5405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-19557DiVA, id: diva2:1311491
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