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The Role of Information Technology in Supporting Supply Chain Coordination of Logistics Services Providers

The Role of Information Technology in Supporting Supply Chain Coordination of Logistics Services Providers
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Author(s): Pietro Evangelista (IRAT-CNR and University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 32
Source title: Electronic Supply Network Coordination in Intelligent and Dynamic Environments: Modeling and Implementation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Iraj Mahdavi (Mazandaran University of Science and Technology, Iran), Shima Mohebbi (University of Tehran, Iran) and Namjae Cho (Hanyang University, Korea)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-808-6.ch005

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Abstract

For companies competing in highly dynamic markets, coordination is considered a fundamental component for achieving a higher level of supply chain efficiency. Information and communication technology (ICT) is essential enabler of supply chain coordination and synchronization. The focus of this chapter is on the analysis of ICT adoption in small third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) as prerequisite for improving supply chain coordination. On the basis of evidences emerging from a questionnaire survey carried out on the Italian logistics service market, the chapter analyses ICT usage and the factors inhibiting and facilitating the adoption of technology for supply chain coordination and integration of small 3PLs. A number of implications are derived from the research and managerial perspectives.

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