Third Party Logistics

By Michael Levans · July 1, 2013
Looking for a great way to kick off your summer reading? Well, look no further than page 28. Once again, we’ve devoted a sizable portion of our July issue to putting the Annual State of Logistics Report into context for shippers.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2013
Finding the right third party logistics provider (3PL) in today’s global marketplace involves looking beyond the provider’s “vision” statement, say industry experts. Yet, they also acknowledge that there’s still an element of prognostication involved once a short list of the Top 50 has been whittled down.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2013
Scores of major and minor third party logistics providers (3PLs) have found that offering “controlled-temperature” services can help shippers break into emerging markets and develop new revenue streams.
By Patrick Burnson · April 1, 2013
Even though the term 4PL remains shrouded in mystery, a number of prominent logistics providers claim that if there is indeed a 4th dimension, they’ve got it. But can they really deliver on that promise? After defining the differentiating features, we’ll let shippers decide.
By Patrick Burnson · November 1, 2012
In today’s dynamic, global marketplace, shippers need to execute a checklist of essential action items in order to get the most out of their third-party logistics partnership.
By Peter Moore · September 1, 2012
As shippers consider entry into an outsourcing arrangement for freight management, they quickly discover a range of pricing options from various service providers. These service providers have a variety of business models that drive their market offers, and shippers need to understand what these models are so they can evaluate not just the offer, but the potential for long-term satisfaction with the contract.
By Michael Levans · August 1, 2012
The Great Recession didn’t slow it down, and now economic woes throughout Europe don’t seem to be impeding its progress. The global third-party logistics (3PL) industry just keeps rolling along, as merger and acquisition (M&A) activity heats up and the world’s providers report decent revenue growth.
SPECIAL REPORT
By Patrick Burnson · June 1, 2012
A flurry of major service provider deals captured mainstream headlines in recent months, but the consequence of this activity has yet to be measured by domestic and international shippers. Meanwhile, the EU flounders, Asia remains strong, and emerging nations may represent the next great opportunity for the major 3PL players.
By Jeff Berman · April 5, 2012
Damco, a third-party logistics (3PL) subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, recently rolled out a new Web-based service that it said enables shippers to increase flexibility, respond quicker to changes, and reduce manual work.
By Patrick Burnson · March 10, 2012
The solar panel maker is reliant on efficient manufacturing practices, but when it came to inbound shipping and distribution across borders, those operations began to suffer as the company grew. Here’s how this progressive shipper partnered with its 3PL to re-engineer its logistics model to save 25 percent on its inbound costs.
By John A. Gentle · January 1, 2012
Consider this post-holiday scenario: You go to return something you received for Christmas, and when you finally get to the front of the exchange line after waiting 20 minutes, a smirking face behind the counter condescendingly tells you that “all you needed to do is pick out the right size and exchange it at the regular checkout counter.”
By Patrick Burnson · November 1, 2011
The foremost specialty chemicals and materials company brought on a transformational logistics leader, shed its transportation and warehouse assets, and ramped up a rapid worldwide expansion. Here’s how it happened.
By Jeff Berman · October 6, 2011
This new offering is “designed to deliver optimized solutions that remove waste, create new efficiencies, and introduce Lean continuous improvement processes to transportation network operations.”
WHITE PAPER
By George Kokoris · September 15, 2011
Today’s increasingly complex supply chains are challenging to manage in nearly every industry. Fueled by global competition and changing market dynamics, supply chain managers are seeking new solutions that better position their organizations for improved flexibility and future growth.
By John D. Schulz · September 1, 2011
By continually working to expand its 3PL relationship, this fast-growing manufacturer has been able to concentrate on the bigger picture—expanding into new markets, launching new products, gaining efficiencies in its operations, and reducing manufacturing and labor costs.

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