Physical distribution costs in construction supply chains: a systems approach

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The objective of this study is to provide insights into the trade-offs of physical distribution cost patterns in construction supply chains by modelling and measuring these costs. The model of the physical distribution system consists of the following (cost) elements: inventory, transport, handling, and warehousing. It is applied in the supply chain of insulation materials. It is concluded that the model gives a valid explanation for the major cost trade-offs in the supply chain analysed. By using this model, firms involved in the physical distribution of building materials in construction supply chains may find the optimal distribution strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-471
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Systems and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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  • IR-86002


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