Outsourcing Logistics Activities: Evidence from Slovenia

  • Klemen Kavčič University of Primorska, Faculty of Management
  • Jana Suklan School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica
  • Franko Milost University of Primorska, Faculty of Management
Keywords: logistics outsourcing, third-party logistics, supply chain,


The purpose of this research is to investigate how logistics outsourcing performs activities that have been traditionally carried out within the outsourcer’s company. The study examines the characteristics of logistics and transport services, which are important in cooperation with service providers. Two groups were formed according to the average values of the characteristics of logistics activities. ‘Cost, quality and response’ are important for the first group, while ‘logistics, environment and the ability to adapt to client processes’ are important for the second group. The results of the survey carried out in Slovenian enterprises show that both groups are primarily interested in express freight and shipment services, the difference lying in the understanding of logistics, mutual trust and brand recognition. The findings will be useful both in business practice and for managers, providing them with a better understanding of the performance of logistics outsourcing.

Author Biographies

Klemen Kavčič, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management
Klemen KavÄiÄ (°1975) PhD, is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mangement, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia. He has a PhD from University of Primorska, Faculty ofmanagement, an MSc (Econ) from University of Maribor, Faculty of Economics andBusiness. He joined University of Primorska, Faculty of Management in autumn 2003 having previously spent several years in large industrial organization,Hidria Corporation, eventually becoming Strategic Business Unit Director.From 2012 on, he is a visiting professor teaching Supply Chain Management in Finland at the Mikkeli Universityof Applied Sciences.
Jana Suklan, School of Advanced Social Studies Nova Gorica
Doctoral Candidate,Teaching assistant.
Franko Milost, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management
Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Accounting


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How to Cite
Kavčič K, Suklan J, Milost F. Outsourcing Logistics Activities: Evidence from Slovenia. PROMET [Internet]. 2016Dec.8 [cited 2020Sep.21];28(6):575-81. Available from: https://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/2042