Quotation Schramm, Hans-Joachim, Czaja, Carolin Nicole, Dittrich, Michael, Mentschel, Matthias. 2017. Fourth Party Logistics in a Digital Future. In NOFOMA 2017 - The 29th NOFOMA Conference "Taking on Grand Challenges" , Hrsg. Daniel Hellström, Joakim Kembro and Hajnalka Bodnar, 626-641. Lund: Lund University.


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This paper aims at analysing the potential future of the 4PL concept based on expert opinions with special regard to the influence of digitalization. Service arrangements, provider capabilities and benefits resulting from a 4PL partnership are compared in current and future configurations.The research follows a mixed methods approach with semi-structured interviews followed by an expert panel. This builds the basis for an online questionnaire to inquire on important future aspects for the 4PL concept by a sample of respondents from multinational companies. Our results show a clear trend away from simply organising transportation and logistics activities towards the provision of an IT platform as well as further service activities such as planning, analytics and monitoring. Along with this, IT capabilities appear to be an important differentiator for 4PL providers in the future. Moreover, relationships between 4PL providers and their clients become closer and more strategic, which leads to a customer valuing not only direct cost reductions but rather improvements resulting from optimized operations through superior analysis and planning functions.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Fourth Party Logistics in a Digital Future
Title of whole publication NOFOMA 2017 - The 29th NOFOMA Conference "Taking on Grand Challenges"
Editor Daniel Hellström, Joakim Kembro and Hajnalka Bodnar
Page from 626
Page to 641
Location Lund
Publisher Lund University
Year 2017
ISBN 978-91-7753-337-5

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Schramm, Hans-Joachim (Details)
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Czaja, Carolin Nicole (WU Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, European Union)
Dittrich, Michael (Accenture Strategy ¿ Supply Chain Management ASG, Accenture, Switzerland)
Mentschel, Matthias (Accenture Strategy ¿ Supply Chain Management ASG, Accenture, Germany)
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Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5336 Commodity science (Details)
5337 World trade science (Details)
5344 Foreign trade (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
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