Location Selection of Logistics Center
Zhang, Shengwei (2019)
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With the rapid development of the global economy, people attach great importance to the logistics industry. At the same time, the logistics operators are facing a common problem: how to choose a reasonable location for the logistics distribution center. The location of the logistics distribution center plays an important role in the whole logistics system. Moreover, nowadays, in order to achieve sustainable development, people begin to examine the behav-ior of enterprises with a humanistic perspective. The objective of the research was to find the facts that affect the location selection of a lo-gistics center and to provide a general conclusion of the factors that influence the site selec-tion of the center. In addition, focusing on the human aspect in logistics, the purpose was to identify emotional factors and how they influence on the location selection process of a lo-gistics company. In order to achieve these objectives, the qualitative research approach was selected for the study. The data was collected from previous research, articles and other printed or online materials from various sources. Moreover, a case study based on interviews with two mem-bers of the management personnel of two logistics companies were conducted. The case study focused mainly on the human perspectives. According to the results, a wise location decision brings not only increased profits, but also higher operational efficiency. The factors influencing the location of a logistics center include environment, infrastructures, customers, the company itself and much more. With regard to the emotional factors, the external influences come from governments or other organiza-tions, and internal factors could be the personnel.