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Transition or tranformation? : Emerging freight transportation intermediaries Song, Jiongjiong ; Regan, Amelia C

By: Song, JiongjiongContributor(s): Regan, Amelia CPublication details: Transportation Research Record, 2001Description: nr 1763, s. 1-5Subject(s): USA | Freight transport | Logistics | Internet | Transport operator | Change | Trade | 12 | J05 | Prc | PrdBibl.nr: VTI P8167:1763Location: Abstract: During the past 2 years, traditional freight transportation intermediaries, which include freight forwarders, brokers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers, have been joined by new intermediaries. The main drivers in the development of these new companies are advances in information and communications technologies, development of web-based or online freight transportation marketplaces, and worldwide emergence of business-to-business electronic marketplaces and business-to-consumer e-tailers. Advances in information technology enable many new operational paradigms and, potentially, the efficient integration of supply chains. These new companies are examined, including their potential benefits and costs of shifting from traditional 3PL to these online service providers. Also addressed is the extent to which changes in the industries appear to be more of a transition than a large-scale transformation.
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During the past 2 years, traditional freight transportation intermediaries, which include freight forwarders, brokers, and third-party logistics (3PL) providers, have been joined by new intermediaries. The main drivers in the development of these new companies are advances in information and communications technologies, development of web-based or online freight transportation marketplaces, and worldwide emergence of business-to-business electronic marketplaces and business-to-consumer e-tailers. Advances in information technology enable many new operational paradigms and, potentially, the efficient integration of supply chains. These new companies are examined, including their potential benefits and costs of shifting from traditional 3PL to these online service providers. Also addressed is the extent to which changes in the industries appear to be more of a transition than a large-scale transformation.

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