Growth and Relational Strategies Used by the European Logistics Service Providers: Rationale and Outcomes

Third party logistics providers (3PL) contribute to about one-quarter of total logistics provision across the European Union. This paper reports on research into the ways European providers of logistics and transport services develop and grow. The strategic behavior adopted by the top 20 European logistics 3PLs between 1998 and 2004 is examined, particularly their approach to mergers and acquisitions and logistics alliances. Findings show that while growth among 3PLs is aimed at providing more cohesive European logistics coverage, national culture constrains their efforts. A few market leaders offer a wide range and scope of services, while most other firms have a diversified portfolio of interests. More consolidation within the 3PL industry is expected.


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  • Accession Number: 01010532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 2005 8:10AM