Utilizing e-logistics: case studies in Sweden and China

University essay from Luleå/Business Administration and Social Sciences

Author: Wang Cheng; Chen Yue; [2006]

Keywords: e-logistics; supply chains;

Abstract: As the incredible growth of the Internet is changing the way corporations
conduct business, logistics service providers must consider changing their
traditional logistics system into an e-Logistics system. The purpose of
this study is to provide a better understanding of how organizations
utilize e-Logistics within their supply chain. To reach this purpose, two
research questions are stated, focusing on how can the e-Logistics system
be described, as well as how the factors that influence the e-Logistics
system can be described. To answer these research questions, a qualitative
research approach was used where case studies on Volvo Logistics
Corporation in Sweden and Haier Logistics Corporation in China were
conducted. From the in-depth interviews and used to collect data, the
findings show that the e-Logistics system can be described as a process, as
an information system and from the value that it creates. The findings
further indicate that reliability factors, maintainability factors,
software factors and facility, transportation and handling factors, all
influence the e-Logistics system. On the other hand, availability factors,
economic factors, organizational factors and test and support equipment
factors are of low-level importance for e-logistics system. The findings
also indicate that there are some regional and political factors that
influence the e-Logistics system, most notably an indication of China vs.
Sweden (i.e. East vs. West) factors. This, however, deserves further