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Comparative North American and European gateway logistics: the regionalism of freight distribution
Rodrigue, J.-P.; Notteboom, T. (2010). Comparative North American and European gateway logistics: the regionalism of freight distribution. J. Transp. Geogr. 18(4): 497-507. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2010.03.006
In: Journal of Transport Geography. Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford. ISSN 0966-6923; e-ISSN 1873-1236
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Author keywords
    North America; Europe; Gateway; Logistics; Freight; Comparative analysis

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  • Rodrigue, J.-P.
  • Notteboom, T.

Abstract
    The global freight distribution system has been impacted by convergence in terms of technology, infrastructure, modes and terminals. Still, in spite of strong converging forces, it can be argued that logistical practices are far from being uniform. This paper analyses the regionalism in freight transport systems by providing a comparative analysis of gateway logistics practices in North America and Europe. It is demonstrated that Europe and North America are not walking the same paths when it comes to the configuration of transport and logistics networks, via operational decisions and the setting of a regulatory framework. The attributes of gateways, corridors, hinterlands, regulation, governance, value chains and labor provide an analytical framework to understand the regionalism of freight distribution in the North American and European contexts, as well as anywhere else.

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