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An Integrated Approach to Evaluating and Selecting Green Logistics Providers for Sustainable Development

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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Fortune Institute of Technology, Kaohsiung 83160, Taiwan
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung 80778, Taiwan
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Department of Business Administration, Fortune Institute of Technology, Kaohsiung 83160, Taiwan
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Department of Management Information Systems, National Chengchi University, Taipei 11605, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Wei Dei Solvang
Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 218; https://doi.org/10.3390/su9020218
Received: 23 November 2016 / Revised: 22 January 2017 / Accepted: 27 January 2017 / Published: 6 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Manufacturing)
Balancing economic development with environmental protection has become a critical concern worldwide. However, along with the highly competitively global marketplace, economic factors are known to directly affect an enterprise’s development and its future business. Therefore, selecting the right partner for sustainable collaboration that will lead to improved business performance and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is a significant problem for many enterprises. In addition, investigating the economic impact of companies that are charged to protect the environment is becoming increasingly problematic. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to evaluate the comparative efficiencies of 16 Green Logistics Providers (GLPs) in the USA from 2012 to 2015, and the projected four-year period of 2016–2019, by means of an integrated approach that combines the grey forecasting model GM (1,1) and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). The results show that there are two GLPs, Knight Transportation and the Union Pacific Corporation, that possess a higher efficiency level and are achieving positive technical change. However, this study also determined that Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and CSX Corporation did not reach an acceptable efficiency score; therefore, they should improve technical efficiency to mitigate environmental concerns. This completely integrative methodology has the potential to provide the best decision-making strategies for finding suitable collaborative partners who are able to meet the sustainability requirements in most economic and environmental areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: data envelopment analysis; sustainable development; grey forecasting model; green logistics providers data envelopment analysis; sustainable development; grey forecasting model; green logistics providers
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Wang, C.-N.; Ho, H.-X.T.; Luo, S.-H.; Lin, T.-F. An Integrated Approach to Evaluating and Selecting Green Logistics Providers for Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2017, 9, 218.

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