Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of spatial concentration of logistics firms by empirically analyzing synergies through co-location and investigating whether spatial concentration of logistics activities indeed results in classical agglomeration economies as well as benefits, which are specific for the logistics sector.
Methodology: A survey among managers of 507 logistics establishments in the South of the
Netherlands was used to test thirteen hypotheses related to synergies through co-location of
Findings: The findings show that co-located logistics firms more often combine transport
and storage capacity, are better accessible, have better availability of repair and maintenance
facilities, and have better expansion opportunities than non-co-located logistics firms do.
Research implications: As this research shows that synergies through co-location of logis-
tics activities indeed exist, manager of logistics companies may need to take these benefits
into account in location decisions, academics in facility location models, and policy makers in
Originality/value: Although anecdotic evidence suggests that co-location of logistics ac-
tivities can bring several benefits to the co-located logistics companies and hence, can be
important to incorporate in the location decisions of these companies, this is the first paper
to empirically research these benefits.
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