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Examining Freight Performance of Third-Party Logistics Providers within Automotive industry in India: An Environmental Sustainability Perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Arijit DeORCiD, Dr Mitra Habibi



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor & Francis, 2020.

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The purpose of this study is to examine relationships between measures of sustainable freight transport performance (in context of mid-sized third-party auto components' logistics players) with the associated externalities and firms' intrinsic characteristics when information exchange occurs between logistics firms and the auto manufacturer. Employing a survey-based research methodology, appropriate data were collected for a number of third-party logistics players, thus yielding a total of 708 responses from operational managers of these firms. The research construct was validated through rigorous procedure involving measurement and structural equation model. From a theoretical perspective, results of this study provide evidences supporting systemic relationships between internal enablers of the logistics firms and externalities in backdrop of environmental sustainability. Major findings indicate that transportation planning and distribution network and, commodity considerations backed by top management support can further environmental performance. Further, we also find evidence that effective transport planning and distribution network design used in conjunction with commodity considerations can be a source of sustainable supply chain performance. By bridging the literature pertaining to environmental sustainability, information exchange, and pertinent external/internal nuances of logistics firms, this study reveals novel findings that can help logistics players streamline operations focused at achieving environmental sustainability performance.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Goswami M, De A, Habibi K, Daultani Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Production Research

Year: 2020

Volume: 58

Issue: 24

Pages: 7565-7592

Online publication date: 06/05/2020

Acceptance date: 09/04/2020

Date deposited: 10/04/2020

ISSN (print): 0020-7543

ISSN (electronic): 1366-588X

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2020.1756504


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