Determinants for assigning value-added logistics services to logistics centers within a supply chain configuration
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
ECONSHIP 2011, Conference, University of the Aegean, Chios, 22-24 June 2011
University of Antwerp
A number of literature contributions have underlined the importance of developing value-added logistics activities or VALS to meet customers‟ satisfaction. However, there is hardly any attention given to the discussion on where to perform these VALS. The aims of this study are (1) to identify a comprehensive set of factors that may influence the location of VALS, (2) to analyze to what extent those factors influence location decisions, and (3) to distinguish the determinants that drive 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 location of VALS in view of identifying determinants for assigning VALS to logistics centers. We argue that the location of VALS is determined by a complex interaction between determinants at the level of the choice of a distribution system, distribution center location factors, and different logistics characteristics of products.