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The transport geography of logistics and freight distribution



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ARTICLE IN PRESS Journal of Transport Geography xxx 2004 xxx xxx www elsevier com locate jtrangeo The transport geography of logistics and freight distribution Markus Hesse a a Jean Paul Rodrigue b Department of Earth Sciences Urban Studies Free University of Berlin Malteserstr 74 100 D 12249 Berlin Germany b Department of Economics and Geography Hofstra University Hempstead NY 11549 USA Abstract Goods movement and freight distribution are widely underrepresented in regional science and geographical research This is surprising since a large body of traditional spatial theory has been developed with respect to transportation costs or to trade areas those aspects that were originally closely connected with the exchange of goods Growing attention is being paid in geography to related subjects such as the emergence of global production networks to structural changes in retail or to the commodi cation of modern consumption To a certain extent these processes depend upon the e cient transfer of information nance and physical goods Yet with a few exceptions the freight sector appears to be neglected in contemporary research This paper provides an overview of the emerging transport geography of logistics and freight distribution It challenges the traditional perspective where transportation is considered as a derived demand with the idea that logistical requirements underline transportation as a component of an integrated demand The paper provides an analysis of the evolution of logistics as it pertains to the core dimensions of transport geography ows nodes locations and networks The concept of logistical friction is also introduced to illustrate the inclusion of the multidimensional notion of impedance in integrated freight transport demand 2003 Published by Elsevier Ltd Keywords Logistics Geography Freight Transport Physical distribution Globalization 1 Logistics and freight transport from derived to integrated demand 1 1 Introduction The growing ows of freight have been



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