Source: adapted from Hesse, M. and J-P Rodrigue (2004) "The Transport
Geography of Logistics and Freight Distribution", Journal of Transport
Geography, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 171-184.
Conventional and Contemporary Arrangement of Goods Flow
Contemporary supply chain freight flows tend to be of lower volumes, of higher
frequency, often taking place over longer distances (outsourcing and
offshoring). These flows have
been associated with a modal adaptation, namely through containerization.
The extent of these changes can be characterized by the growth of
geographical areas of interaction, and by the temporal flexibility
of freight flows, both resulting in a rising amount of freight transport.
The distribution center thus becomes the core component of such a distribution
system as it regulates the flows of a closer interaction between production