Green agenda and sustainability in follow up and evaluation stage of purchasing of logistics services: perspectives from the British shippers and forwarders

Witold Bahr, Edward Sweeney

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of the research described in this paper is to investigate the role that green agenda and sustainability plays in follow up and evaluation stage of purchasing of logistics services. There is a significant evidence of a divergence between perspectives between shippers and forwarders when it comes to this area.

Research Approach
The work presented in this article refines methodology of Lummus et al. (2001) and uses focussed interviews with two groups of supply chain management professionals: shippers (manufacturers and retailers) and forwarders (3PLs). The context of the paper’s empirical work is the UK.

Findings and Originality
The findings suggest that, while shippers and forwarders recognise a positive link between cost saving and green agenda and sustainability, there is room for improvement in this area, as a focus of discussions between shippers and forwarders during follow up and evaluation stage in purchasing logistics services is predominantly on price and service levels.

Research Impact
The authors focus on the follow-up and evaluation stage in purchasing of logistics services, which is an under-explored topic in academic literature.

Practical Impact
A profile of perspectives towards green agenda and sustainability in follow up and evaluation stage of purchasing of logistics services by firms in the UK is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Annual Logistics Research Network Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017
Event22nd Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN) - Solent University, Southamption, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference22nd Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySouthamption
Period6/09/178/09/17

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • green logistics
  • purchasing
  • logistics services

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