Assessment of Transportation Cost Saving Opportunities in 3PL Operated Consumer Goods Industry Networks

  • Thorben Seiler
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


Chapter 2 discussed how transportation costs contribute substantially toward total supply chain costs in the consumer goods supply chain. Furthermore, it was pointed out that the consumer goods supply chain may be segmented into two sections; namely, a manufacturer controlled section and a retailer controlled one. While a larger part of the retailer controlled transportation activities is covered by the retailer operated fleets, outsourcing of transportation services is most common along the manufacturers’ section of the consumer goods supply chain. Since the following sections are based on an outsourced transportation network environment, the manufacturers’ section of the supply chain will be subject to closer investigation. And since road is still the prevailing transportation mode, this research primarily focuses on truck transportation.


Transportation Cost Consumer Good Cost Driver Transportation Service Road Price 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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