Cloud-based Cooperation of Logistics Service Providers in Logistics Cluster Organisations
Jan Oberländer, Bogdan Franczyk
Citation: Position Papers of the 2014 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, M. Ganzha, L. Maciaszek, M. Paprzycki (eds). ACSIS, Vol. 3, pages 237–244 (2014)
Abstract. In today's logistics market, SME-size logistics companies are exposed to increasing cooperation pressure to use rationalization potentials, win new groups of customers and assert themselves in the competition with big logistics companies yielding a distinct market power. In the past, numerous SME-size logistics companies have joined to form regional logistics associations in order to assess possible cooperation and develop cooperation potentials. In a parallel process, logistics cloud service providers develop new types of cooperation-supporting logistics cloud services. This paper describes a method of how regional logistics associations can apply a cloud-based cooperation development process. The method was developed as part of a doctoral thesis and evaluated first hand by expert interviews in several logistics association in relation to the application involved. The results of the evaluation suggest that a suitable approach was found by which regional logistics associations can tap the potentials of logistics cloud services for their member companies.