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Transport engineering, Business and Management.
In the context of green supply chain management, green purchasing has received increased attention over the past decade and the strategic importance of introducing green aspects into purchasing practices has been recognised. Despite this growing importance, little has been written in relation to purchasing green transport and logistics services. Considering the strong environmental impact associated with transport and logistics activities, much remains to be learned concerning buyer’s practices when sourcing more sustainable services from third party logistics companies (3PLs). The aim of this paper is to explore practices of buying green transport and logistics services in three different European countries (Italy, Ireland and Sweden) using a multiple case study research approach. The paper analyses how general environmental company ambitions and environmental purchasing practices are reflected when green transport and logistics services are purchased. The results of the paper indicate that while the case companies show a relatively high concern of green issues at company level, a lower importance is attributed to green issues at the purchasing function level. When green concerns in purchasing transport and logistics services are analysed the level of importance decrease dramatically. It emerges a conflicting attitude among the overall company level and the purchasing of transport and logistics services. This suggests that there is the potential for improvements especially in the area of green collaboration in buyer and supplier relationships.
Evangelista, P., Huge-Brodin, M., Isaksson, K., Sweeney, E.: A Case Study Investigation on Purchasing Green Transport and Logistics Services. Purchasing and Supply Management in a Changing World (Eds. Esposito, E., Evangelista, P., Pastore, G. and Raffa, M.), Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA 2012), Naples, April 2012, p. WP 17-1 – 17-13 (Abstract in Purchasing and Supply Management in a Changing World (Eds. Esposito, E., Evangelista, P., Pastore, G. and Raffa, M.), Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, p. 46).