Outsourcing of integrated logistics functions: An examination of industry practices

Elliot Rabinovich, Robert Windle, Martin Dresner, Thomas Corsi

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A survey of 372 logistics managers in different industries revealed multiple outsourcing linkages among logistics activities. These results are consistent with previous findings that suggest that firms can improve customer service and reduce costs by outsourcing multiple logistics functions. The results are also consistent with previous research on the role that improved coordination of information and material flows have in the achievement of economies of scale and economies of scope. Future research developments in the field of logistics outsourcing are also proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-374
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Logistics
  • Outsourcing
  • Strategic planning
  • Supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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