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https://doi.org/10.31217/p.31.2.3

The role of the 4PL Model in a contemporary supply chain

Helga Pavlić Skender orcid id orcid.org/0000-0001-6668-4124 ; University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, Rijeka, Croatia
Petra Adelajda Mirković orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-0741-4826 ; University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, Rijeka, Croatia
Ivan Prudky orcid id orcid.org/0000-0001-9732-3276 ; University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics, Rijeka, Croatia


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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to understand the concept of a fourth-party logistics provider and to identify his functions and importance for an organization. Although the concept of fourth-party logistics provider is present in academic researches for a relatively long time, it still remains underestimated. The paper presents a conceptual model that is based on the research of fourth-party logistics provider within the exsisting theorethical and empirical literature. The results have shown that fourth-party logistics provider is not incorporated enough into contemporary supply chain solutions, although a growing demand for it is evident. Future research may be broadened by implementing both qualitative and quantitative approach to evaluate the impact of fourth-party logistics provider on a business performance distinguishing among industries. This paper provides a knowledge-based conceptual framework to understand the value of fourth-party logistics provider inclusion in an organisation supply chain.

Keywords

Logistics operators, Fourth-party logistics operators – 4PL, Outsourcing, Supply chain management

Hrčak ID:

191352

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/191352

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