Distribution structure and distribution centre location decision-making – A review

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Abstract

Distribution structures and distribution centre (DC) locations are essential for logistics companies to optimise logistics costs and service levels. This paper reviews Supply Chain Management (SCM), Geography and Economic Geographic literature on distribution structure and DC locations decision-making. Two central decision-making elements are discussed: process steps and decision-making factors. Added value of our paper is 1) A literature review 2) Conclusions on the state of current scientific knowledge in three research streams 3) A research agenda. Reviewing literature shows decision-making factors are renowned, however, importance of factors in each process step is unknown. Results also show literature diverges on which process steps logistics companies take (descriptive) or should optimally take (prescriptive) in distribution structure and DC location decision-making. Thus, more research is needed. Developing a descriptive conceptual model and testing on several industry sectors will be valuable to understand differences on distribution structure and DC location decision-making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBijdragen vervoerslogistiekewerkdagen 2015
EditorsS. Weijers, M. Kraan
Place of PublicationZelzate
PublisherUniversity Press - Zelzate
Pages360-381
ISBN (Print)9789087070397
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventVervoerslogistieke Werkdagen 2015 - Breda
Duration: 26 Nov 201527 Nov 2015

Conference

ConferenceVervoerslogistieke Werkdagen 2015
CityBreda
Period26/11/1527/11/15

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