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European Expansion of UK Third-party Logistics Service Providers

European Expansion of UK Third-party Logistics Service Providers The study examines the approaches that UK logistics service providers (LSPs) have used to implement expansion within the single European market. It identifies UK-based LSPs that have been involved in Continental Europe. It considers the ways in which LSPs have selected countries for entry and their favoured routes for expansion, including following piggybacking opportunities, acquisition of local firms, joint venture arrangements as well as encouraging organic growth. Eight case studies of leading UK-based LSPs involved in European expansion are considered. Their performances and their contribution to the European supply chain management are assessed. Their European expansion strategies are examined in terms of global marketing evolution, parental value creation and their organisational development (Multidomestic, Eurolinkers or pan-European). The influence of management culture and the organisation of finance, marketing and information technology control are examined. Expansion has proved demanding and, for many UK LSPs, the single European market has yet to fulfil its initial promise, continuing to pose challenges. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications Taylor & Francis

European Expansion of UK Third-party Logistics Service Providers

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1469-848X
eISSN
1367-5567
DOI
10.1080/13675560110038095
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Abstract

The study examines the approaches that UK logistics service providers (LSPs) have used to implement expansion within the single European market. It identifies UK-based LSPs that have been involved in Continental Europe. It considers the ways in which LSPs have selected countries for entry and their favoured routes for expansion, including following piggybacking opportunities, acquisition of local firms, joint venture arrangements as well as encouraging organic growth. Eight case studies of leading UK-based LSPs involved in European expansion are considered. Their performances and their contribution to the European supply chain management are assessed. Their European expansion strategies are examined in terms of global marketing evolution, parental value creation and their organisational development (Multidomestic, Eurolinkers or pan-European). The influence of management culture and the organisation of finance, marketing and information technology control are examined. Expansion has proved demanding and, for many UK LSPs, the single European market has yet to fulfil its initial promise, continuing to pose challenges.

Journal

International Journal of Logistics: Research and ApplicationsTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 1, 2001

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