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Title: Selection of 3PL service providers: a combined approach of AHP and Graph theory
Authors: Qureshi M.N.
Kumar P.
Kumar, Dinesh Senthil
Published in: International Journal of Services, Technology and Management
Abstract: 3PL service provider helps the shippers in achieving their strategic objectives hence becoming vital in the logistics outsourcing. Shippers need to have a careful evaluation and selection before offering an important outsourcing contract. The selection process involves the identification of potential criteria and performance assessment of 3PL service providers with reference to selected criteria thus necessitates systematic methodology. The present work, proposes a methodology based on combined approach of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Graph theory. A LSP selection index which evaluates and ranks the 3PL service providers have been derived to help shippers. The paper also proposes coefficients of similarity, coefficients of dissimilarity and the identification sets for further comparison of 3PL service providers. A real case problem of a MNC has been illustrated to help the logistics managers for their logistics outsourcing assignments. ©2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Citation: International Journal of Services, Technology and Management, 12(1): 35-60
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Keywords: 3PL service providers
Analytic hierarchy process
Graph theory
LSP selection index
Matrix approach
ISSN: 14606720
Author Scopus IDs: 22986225600
Author Affiliations: Qureshi, M.N., Faculty of Tech. and Engg., Mech. Engg. Dept., M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India
Kumar, P., MIED, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Kumar, D., MIED, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
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Corresponding Author: Qureshi, M. N.; Faculty of Tech. and Engg., , Vadodara, India; email:
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