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Title: Logistics platform strategies for freight technology-enabled smart services
Language: English
Authors: Heinbach, Christoph 
Schwemmer, Martin 
Thomas, Oliver 
Editor: Kersten, Wolfgang  
Ringle, Christian M.  
Blecker, Thorsten 
Keywords: Innovation management; technology management
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2021
Publisher: epubli
Source: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 31: 611-636 (2021)
Abstract (english): 
Purpose: In this paper, the authors investigate logistics platform strategies in the road freight market through the analysis of business models of logistics service providers (LSPs) and freight technology providers (FTPs). The purpose of this paper is to gain knowledge of emerging freight technologies and to explore logistics platform strategies between LSPs and FTPs enabling smart services.
Methodology: This paper follows an empirical analysis approach to study business models using the concept of Business Model DNA. To this end, the business models of 25 LSPs and 15 FTPs are investigated according to 55 business model patterns (BMPs). Subsequently, the authors conceptualize four logistics platform models to demonstrate how LSPs can manage nascent freight technologies.
Findings: The authors argue that freight technology-enabled smart services can promote digital forwarding by logistics platform strategies. LSPs can make use of complementary service capabilities while FTPs can benefit from profound customer access and physical logistics resources.
Originality: To the best of the authors' knowledge, no empirical research exists that consistently focuses on logistics platform strategies for freight technology-enabled smart services. The obtained insights in this study lead to the first contribution of digital platform strategies for road freight transportation in the sphere of digital logistics.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2021 
DOI: 10.15480/882.3970
ISBN: 978-3-754927-70-0
ISSN: 2365-5070
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 31
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