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By Jeff Berman · October 9, 2015
More than nine months after saying it was not for sale, Long Beach Calif.-based non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider UTi Worldwide has apparently changed its tune, with the company saying it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Denmark-based global 3PL DSV for $1.35 billion and $7.10 per share.
By Jeff Berman · October 1, 2015
As was the case in its predecessor report a year ago, third-party logistics (3PL) CEOs are confident and optimistic about the current and future revenue growth, according to the Annual Surveys of Third-Party Logistics (3PL) CEOs, released earlier this week at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in San Diego.
By LM Staff · October 1, 2015
A focus on collaboration and strong relationships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers serving as one of a main building blocks for supply chain success was a key theme in the 2016 20th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study released at this week’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in San Diego by Capgemini Group, Penn State University, Korn Ferry, and Penske Logistics.
By Patrick Burnson · September 28, 2015
In its comprehensive report, Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) estimates the total U.S. warehousing market for 2015 will be $141 billion. 
By Jeff Berman · September 25, 2015
Growth in brokered freight transportation shipments and total invoice dollars were key themes in the Second Quarter 2015: TIA Benchmarking Report, which was recently issued by the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA).
By Jeff Berman · September 18, 2015
Transplace officials said that by bringing M33 Integrated into the fold, it “expands the company’s vertical expertise and geographical reach, and further supports the company’s commitment to strategic growth in order to meet the supply chain needs of its growing customer base.”
By Jeff Berman · September 16, 2015
APL Logistics recently announced it has rolled out a new service offering that it said is designed to save shippers money and time through the optimization and management of high-frequency truck deliveries across complex supply chains.
By Patrick Burnson · September 1, 2015
Business is robust for 3PLs, but as cost-cutting becomes the priority for manufacturers and retailers, more businesses continue to look around for services at a lower price—driving down satisfaction, renewal rates, and contract length.
By Patrick Burnson · August 26, 2015
This is the first guaranteed weekly service direct to the U.S. from Singapore as part of the company’s initiative to enhance its LCL offerings serving Trans-pacific needs.
By Jeff Berman · August 17, 2015
The most recent in which could be described as a series of large-scale global 3PL (third-party logistics) acquisitions was announced today, with Geodis, a $6.1 billion France-based 3PL saying it has entered into an agreement to acquire Brentwood, Tennessee-based $1.3 billion OHL (formerly known as Ozburn Hessey Logistics).
By Jeff Berman · August 11, 2015
Over the last several months, there has been a spate of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity centered around deals with an emphasis on large truckload brokerages. On the surface deals like these makes sense for more than a few reasons, given the vast carrier reach that the large brokerages have, coupled with strong technology platforms, and shipper relationships across a wide swath of industries.
By Jeff Berman · August 6, 2015
A white paper takes a deep dive into exploring the dynamics of shipper-3PL relationships, with an eye on limiting the "commoditization" of 3PL services.
By Jeff Berman · July 22, 2015
Non asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Transplace said this week it has officially rolled out Transplace Supply Chain Consulting, its new consulting practice, which it said will focus on improving end-to-end (e-2-e) supply chain performance through an experienced team with what it described as deep functional expertise in transportation and logistics.
By Jeff Berman · July 2, 2015
This is the 26th edition of this report, which is based on monthly data from TIA member companies who submit real operating data and respond to questions on business conditions impacting the 3PL sector.
By John D. Schulz · July 1, 2015
In the best year for the freight transportation industry since the Great Recession, logistics managers chalk up efficiencies that drive further U.S. economic growth. However, capacity issues persist, causing shippers to worry about rate hikes as carriers continue to be meticulous in their partnerships.

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