Outsourcing of Transport and Logistics Services

  • Anton Ogorelc
Keywords: logistics outsourcing, logistics providers (TPL providers), core competences, transport and logistics outsourcing in Europe


The author presents the results of the research in five parts,which are interconnected. After the introduction, in part two,entitled A Framework for Logistics Outsourcing Decisions,theoretical characteristics of outsourcing are presented. Partthree, Core Competences and Outsourcing, describes the logisticscompetences. Part 4, Transp011 and Logistics Outsourcingin Europe, discusses the trends in logistics development andoutsourcing. The paper will assist managers responsible for thedevelopment of logistics strategies. The paper offers a uniquebuyer-supplier pwtnership framework by proposing that the logisticsoutsourcing will increase the competitive advantage ofmanufacturing firms.


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How to Cite
Ogorelc A. Outsourcing of Transport and Logistics Services. PROMET [Internet]. 1 [cited 2019Nov.21];19(6):371-80. Available from: http://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/972
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