Logistics and the Internet: transportation and location issues are crucial in the logistics chain

Authors: Lasserre, Frédéric
Abstract: The advent of the ‘‘new economy’’, embodied by the expansion of the Internet, has been thought by some to marginalize the importance of geography and space. Distances are reportedly irrelevant as markets are now just a click away. E-trade and the advent of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems provide firms with the tools they can use to free themselves of space. In fact, the Internet and ERP do change the relationship between firms and their space and their markets, but they do not abolish them: location choices are still important as is transportation. The need to transport quickly and efficiently, brought about by the expansion of E-trade, establishes transportation as the effort of mastering space. This has translated into the fast expansion of cargo airliners in logistics.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 April 2004
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/811
This document was published in: Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 12 (1), 73–84 (2004)
Alternative version: 10.1016/S0966-6923(03)00027-9
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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