QFD‐based modular logistics service design

Yong Lin, Saara Pekkarinen

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This paper aims to develop a framework of QFD (quality function deployment)‐based logistics service design to integrate the HOQ (house of quality) technique and modular logic to help in designing logistics services with high quality and a large service variety.

Based on a literature review, a conceptual research framework is built integrating the QFD method and modular logic together. A case study is used to illustrate a real application in logistics service design of the third‐party logistics (3PL) provider.

The results show that QFD and modularity used simultaneously as design principles can ensure service design quality at three layers (service, process, activity) in the modular logistics service platform.

Research limitations/implications
This paper provides multi‐disciplinary insights for both industry and academics on how QFD/HOQ and modular logic can be integrated to systematically translate customer requirements into logistics service designs.

Practical implications
The framework proposed is directed to show how, at the operational level, the service providers can transform customer requirements to customer value with modular services and develop new service modules more quickly for new customers that have not been served before.

The resulting framework combining QFD philosophy and modular logic, particularly integrating three‐level HOQs paralleled with three layers in the modular service platform, adds knowledge in the research on service design, operations management and marketing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-356
JournalJournal of Business and Industrial Marketing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2011


  • quality function deployment
  • design
  • service quality assurance
  • third party vendors
  • modularity
  • service design
  • house of quality
  • third party logistics


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