Abstract: The use of third party logistic(3PL) services providers is increasing globally to accomplish the strategic objectives. In the increasingly competitive environment, logistics strategic management requires systematic and structured approach to have cutting edge over the rival. Logistics service provider selection is a complex multi-criteria decision making process; in which, decision makers have to deals with the optimization of conflicting objectives such as quality, cost, and delivery time. In this paper, fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP) approach based on technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS) method has been proposed for evaluating and selecting an appropriate logistics service provider, where the ratings of each alternative and importance weight of each criterion are expressed in triangular fuzzy numbers.
Keywords: FAHP, Logistics service provider selection, TOPSIS technique,3PL
Recieved: 18.09.2011 Accepted: 14.01.2012 UDC: 658.5:005