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Progress in the Logistics Study and Its Implications for China: An Economic Geographical Perspective

  • 1. School of Geographical Science, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China|
    2. Center for Urban and Regional Study, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China

Received date: 2010-01-01

  Revised date: 2010-05-01

  Online published: 2010-08-25


As the rise of global production networks(GPNs), modern logistics is playing a more and more important role for improving the competing capability of regions and companies. Yet, with a few exceptions, goods movement and freight distribution are widely underrepresented in geographical researches. This paper provides an overview of the emerging logistics research from an economic geographical perspective. Three phases can be divided according to the development of modern logistics research in geographical science. This paper emphasizes the apprehensiveness of modern economic geographical theories as useful analytic tools for the modern logistics research. This paper concludes four main research themes of geographical researches about the logistics: the attribute of logistics activities and its role in the emerging GPNs, the organizational structures of modern logistics, the spatial configuration of logistics activities and the dynamic mechanism of evolution. In general, logistics is a developing branch school from the economic geographical perspective. The paper ends with the personal constructive suggestions of the authors to improve current Chinese logistics researches from the economic geographical perspective.

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ZONG Huiming,ZHOU Suhong,YAN Xiaopei . Progress in the Logistics Study and Its Implications for China: An Economic Geographical Perspective[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 2010 , 29(8) : 906 -912 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.08.002


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