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Who controls logistics emissions? Challenges in making fragmented supply chains environmentally sustainable from a logistics service provider's perspective

Abbasi, Maisam LU ; Sternberg, Henrik LU and Nilsson, Fredrik LU (2014) 26th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2014 In [Host publication title missing] p.201-218
Abstract
Purpose

The purpose of this article is to explore the environmental impact of Logistics Service Provider (LSP) activities in the light of increased customer attention and fragmentation of the industry. We try to answer the question, to what extent the LSPs can actually monitor

the environmental impact of logistics activities in the supply chain?



Design/methodology/approach

The methodology of this paper is a literature review, a qualitative interview survey, and three case studies. A framework on sustainability challenges in supply chains derived from the literature is used to structure and analyze the findings.



Findings

Our findings reveal that despite ambitious... (More)
Purpose

The purpose of this article is to explore the environmental impact of Logistics Service Provider (LSP) activities in the light of increased customer attention and fragmentation of the industry. We try to answer the question, to what extent the LSPs can actually monitor

the environmental impact of logistics activities in the supply chain?



Design/methodology/approach

The methodology of this paper is a literature review, a qualitative interview survey, and three case studies. A framework on sustainability challenges in supply chains derived from the literature is used to structure and analyze the findings.



Findings

Our findings reveal that despite ambitious environmental schemes communicated by several LSPs, LSPs exert very little control over the actual emissions created from their transport operations. Furthermore, it is clear from this study that any real interest in

environmental solutions that impact the cost and time requirements from customers of logistics services are not yet a reality.



Research limitations/implications

This paper implies that LSP sustainability cannot be investigated in isolation if a company does not manage proprietary resources.



Practical implications

Our findings imply that environmental policies between different LSPs appear similar, but in practice differs, which stresses the importance of follow-up control by environmentally aware logistics service buyers.



Originality/value

This paper represents a novel approach as to how LSP environmental policies should be viewed. (Less)
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environment, logistics, logistics service provider, LSP, supply chain, sustainability
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Higher Education
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[Host publication title missing]
editor
Gammelgaard, Britta; Prockl, Günter; Kinra, Aseem; Aastrup, Jesper; Andreasen, Peter Holm; Schramm, Hans-Joachim; Hsuan, Juliana; Malouf, Malek; Wieland, Andreas; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; and
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18 pages
conference name
26th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2014
ISBN
978-87-997433-0-8
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English
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yes
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  abstract     = {Purpose<br/><br>
The purpose of this article is to explore the environmental impact of Logistics Service Provider (LSP) activities in the light of increased customer attention and fragmentation of the industry. We try to answer the question, to what extent the LSPs can actually monitor<br/><br>
the environmental impact of logistics activities in the supply chain?<br/><br>
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Design/methodology/approach<br/><br>
The methodology of this paper is a literature review, a qualitative interview survey, and three case studies. A framework on sustainability challenges in supply chains derived from the literature is used to structure and analyze the findings.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Findings<br/><br>
Our findings reveal that despite ambitious environmental schemes communicated by several LSPs, LSPs exert very little control over the actual emissions created from their transport operations. Furthermore, it is clear from this study that any real interest in<br/><br>
environmental solutions that impact the cost and time requirements from customers of logistics services are not yet a reality.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Research limitations/implications<br/><br>
This paper implies that LSP sustainability cannot be investigated in isolation if a company does not manage proprietary resources.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Practical implications <br/><br>
Our findings imply that environmental policies between different LSPs appear similar, but in practice differs, which stresses the importance of follow-up control by environmentally aware logistics service buyers.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Originality/value<br/><br>
This paper represents a novel approach as to how LSP environmental policies should be viewed.},
  author       = {Abbasi, Maisam and Sternberg, Henrik and Nilsson, Fredrik},
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  editor       = {Gammelgaard, Britta and Prockl, Günter and Kinra, Aseem and Aastrup, Jesper and Andreasen, Peter Holm and Schramm, Hans-Joachim and Hsuan, Juliana and Malouf, Malek and Wieland, Andreas},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {201--218},
  title        = {Who controls logistics emissions? Challenges in making fragmented supply chains environmentally sustainable from a logistics service provider's perspective},
  year         = {2014},
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