Impact of the globalisation on logistic service providers in Belgium.

I. Cornillie, C. Macharis

In Belgium most of the transport companies have a small and medium-sized profile and don’t have enough financial resources to invest in value added logistic services next to the classic transport service. Small companies are therefore forced to fierce survival strategies with a focus on local and niche markets. Medium sized companies also experience fierce competition but seek strong strategic alliances to guarantee their future success and increase their geographical scope. Large companies experience tough competition but can cope with the competitive forces by increasing their network globally (investments). There is clearly a link between size and strategic choice. Further work is necessary to test the insights gained on this topic via this qualitative survey with a quantitative survey. Therefore a large scaled survey (N=250) targeted at logistics managers will be realised in October-November of this year.

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