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Logistics Outsourcing in the Food Processing Industry

  • Logistics Outsourcing in the Food Processing Industry

Logistics Outsourcing in the Food Processing Industry

Hsin-I Hsiao

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Author: Hsin-I Hsiao

About The Book

During the last decade, logistics outsourcing is growing in importance worldwide. Meanwhile, many different kinds of logistics services are also introduced in the outsourcing market. However, up to now, there are no guidelines for the food processing industry to identify which logistics activities should be outsourced to which type of logistic service provider (LSP).

By combining managerial and economic theory, this book builds an integrated research framework to demonstrate decisive factors for outsourcing different kinds of logistics activities and their effect on logistics performance. Using empirical evidences from the food processing industry in Taiwan and the Netherlands, this study shows that:

  • Outsourcing decisions of different levels of logistics activities have different determining factors.
  • Total outsourcing (i.e. having the LSP orchestrate the whole logistics process) results in higher logistics service performances in terms of lead-time, reliability, and flexibility.
  • Currently the Netherlands have higher percentages of outsourcing of transportation and transportation management than Taiwan. In the future, Taiwan will probably outsource value added activities and logistics orchestration activities more than the Netherlands.

This book is recommended for a broad audience of professionals and practitioners who concern themselves with the design, planning and management of logistics in international food supply chains.

Additional Information

Author Hsin-I Hsiao
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 128 pp
ISBN 9789086861118
Publication date 2009
Book Type Hardcover


Preface and acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Developing a decision-making framework

  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Literature review
  • 2.3 Case studies
  • 2.4 Construction of the decision-making framework
  • 2.5 Survey
  • 2.6 Discussion and conclusions

Chapter 3. Outsourcing decisions and level of logistics outsourcing

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Research framework
  • 3.3 Data
  • 3.4 Results
  • 3.5 Discussion and conclusions

Chapter 4. The impact of the level of logistics outsourcing on service performance

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Literature review
  • 4.3 Theoretical framework
  • 4.4 Data
  • 4.5 Results
  • 4.6 Discussion and conclusions

Chapter 5. Comparisons of logistics outsourcing in the Taiwanese and Dutch food processing industries

  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Literature review
  • 5.3 Research method
  • 5.4 Results
  • 5.5 Discussion and conclusions

Chapter 6. Discussion and conclusions

  • 6.1 Brief outline of the research
  • 6.2 Main findings and conclusions
  • 6.3 Theoretical contributions
  • 6.4 Research limitations and further researches
  • 6.5 Managerial implications
  • 6.6 Final remarks


  • Websites


  • Appendix 1. Survey measurements
  • Appendix 2. Measures and Cronbach alphas
  • Appendix 3. Descriptive statistics and correlation
  • Appendix 4 Questionnaire


About the author

International chains and networks series

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