Outsourcing purchasing services by third party logistics providers: a conceptual model

Yangyan Shi, Tiru S. Arthanari*

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The international markets of third party logistics (3PL) are quite competitive. Most 3PL providers offer the basic services, but rarely perform value-added activities. The primary focus of this research is on third party purchase as value-added services that can be beneficially offered by 3PL providers. This paper mainly discusses transaction cost theory, third party logistics, and group purchasing organisation. A proposed framework for evaluating third party purchase offered by 3PL providers is given based on transaction cost theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-419
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • 3PL
  • third party logistics
  • value-added service
  • supply chain management
  • transaction cost analysis
  • group purchasing organisation


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