Global distribution network design: exploration of facility location driven by tax considerations and related cross-country implications

Multinational corporations (MNCs) are moving not only their headquarters but also their logistics operations to low-tax jurisdictions to minimise the tax burden. However, the logistics and fiscal domains are guided by different principles. This study aims to explore the cross-country implications of locating facilities in low-tax jurisdictions to take advantage of tax arbitrage. A single case study is developed, considering a fashion MNC that moved its European warehouse from Italy to Switzerland.The study offers theoretical insights about cross-country logistics network reconfiguration, formalising three possible scenarios and deepening the related implications. A quantitative evaluation of those scenarios is proposed, updating logistics cost items by including fiscal specifics and exploring the mutual interdependence between logistics and fiscal elements. To improve the study’s managerial contribution, the influence of contextual parameters is also investigated, showing that facility location for tax purposes does not necessarily lead to maximise net income after taxes.

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  • Authors:
    • Prataviera, Lorenzo Bruno
    • Norrman, Andreas
    • Melacini, Marco
  • Publication Date: 2022-7


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  • Accession Number: 01855612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2022 9:28AM