A combination of Russell model and neutral DEA for 3PL provider selection

Majid Azadi, Kamyar Hosseinzadeh Zoroufchi, Reza Farzipoor Saen*

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The main advantages of logistics partners are to allow the outsourcing company to focus on the principal competency, augment the efficiency, improve the service, reduce the transportation cost, restructure the supply chains and establish the marketplace legitimacy. Determining the appropriate third-party reverse logistics (3PL) provider is a crucial strategic consideration in supply chain management. One of the techniques that can be used for selecting 3PL provider is data envelopment analysis. The objective of this paper is to propose a combination of Russell model with neutral model for 3PL provider selection. A numerical example demonstrates the application of the proposed model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-39
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Quality Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Aggressive model
  • Benevolent model
  • Cross-efficiency
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Neutral DEA
  • Russell model
  • Third-party reverse logistics (3PL) provider

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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