To best serve those who serve, Lisa Mernin, director of operations at military equipment supplier ADS, doesn’t look for the cheapest partners; she looks for the best value and prioritizes customer service.
E-commerce acceleration and massive shifts in consumer expectations have changed the equation. Shippers are turning to 3PLs’ technology expertise to manage logistics costs and meet service expectations in an ever-changing marketplace.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for more robust and responsive logistics, with more consumers and businesses expecting just-in-time delivery or products shipped directly to their front doors. One option is utilizing third-party logistics (3PL) suppliers to move and transport excess raw material or finished goods.
A low-cost provider may produce short-term savings but will not deliver sustainable efficiencies and the level of service shippers expect. Strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial stand the test of time and drive waste out of shippers’ supply chains.
Supply chain leaders share their insight on the secret to a successful shipper/3PL partnership.
Whether you're pushed over the edge by the pandemic, labor shortages, supply scarcity, or the surprise consumption explosion, the question is the same: Who has your back?
Shippers trust their third-party logistics partners to be there through thick and thin.
These third-party logistics providers have your back, earning shippers’ votes with their consistency and customer service.
Our 16th annual 3PL market research report reveals the current state of the union between shippers and their logistics service partners.
When your enterprise faces supply chain and logistics challenges, these partners won't let you fall. In alphabetical order, here are the 100 third-party logistics providers deemed best of the best by Inbound Logistics editors.
RedStone understands that cost savings are just a part of each client relationship; a 3PL must provide more if the relationship is to withstand the demands of an ever-changing supply chain.
Locus Robotics deployed autonomous mobile robots along with actionable reporting tools and dashboards for Taylored Services. The scalable solution brought immediate gains.
The companies who develop long-term logistics solutions enabled by technology and data insights to adjust to consumer demand and pandemic uncertainty are the ones who position themselves for growth in the new reality for supply chain operations.
From providing seamless technology integrations to tailoring transportation networks, 3PLs reinforce supply chains of all shapes and sizes.
Understanding these seven key differences between shipping full truckload (FTL) and less than truckload (LTL) allows shippers to achieve the best possible results and support planning.
A Chicago-based 3PL turned to Aptitive to design a scalable data and analytics modernization platform. Aptitive delivered a solution that not only helped the provider, but their customers as well.
These three winning projects exemplify ID Logistics' mission to continually drive process improvements and boost service levels.
BlueGrace Logistics named Mark Derks as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Strategic investments in leadership team augments customer focus and value.
With the pandemic forcing companies to embrace a new normal, many are reimagining their supply chains and turning to third-party logistics (3PL) providers for guidance. Here’s how to get the most out of your 3PL relationship.
The acquisition triples Taylored’s footprint in key areas, totaling more than 4.1 million square feet of distribution space.
Information technology leaders should focus on these three key areas in their warehouse operations to stay competitive in 2021 and beyond.
Order volumes increased by 81% for third-party logistics (3PL) providers supporting e-commerce since the lockdown began, according to data from 3PL Central's customer base. These are the highest order volumes per 3PL ever, on par with Black Friday in 2019.
Although shippers should be prepared to see varying results compared to their original 2020 goals, a recovery in consumer demand is not too far away.
Manufacturers have been outsourcing noncore production processes for decades, and the trend continues. The key to successful outsourcing is assuring the 3PL value-added assembler (VAA) has a quality management system.
Can third-party logistics (3PL) providers bring chaos to order? Or order to chaos? For starters, they can help you wrangle and bring some order to the current COVID-caused confusion in your logistics process.
When supply chain and logistics trouble brews, shippers summon third-party logistics (3PL) providers for their expertise, technology, and dedication to customer service.
When shippers send out distress signals, 3PLs answer the call. The providers that earned a 2020 Readers' Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence Award are among the most responsive and respected in the industry.
Inbound Logistics' newest exclusive 3PL market research provides a snapshot of how the world appears to shippers and their logistics service providers.
The top 100 third-party logistics providers of 2020 as chosen by Inbound Logistics' editors.
Increasing visibility, flexibility, and accuracy, these technological tools enable 3PLs to more effectively move, store, and fulfill shippers’ orders—even during supply chain disruptions.
Growing demand for low-cost services and a rapidly expanding e-commerce sector will boost the market valuation of third-party logistics (3PL) to $1.8 trillion by 2026.
3PLs can become an ally for their customers in the event of a loss, damage, or delay, providing outstanding customer service and support.
Third-party logistics providers are future-proofing supply chains, using a toolbox filled with business insights, predictive capabilities, and other new solution sets.
Logistics leaders meet or exceed their end-to-end supply chain goals with the help of logistics outsourcing, such as third-party logistics providers.
A business looking to outsource part or all of its logistics to a 3PL should consider a variety of factors to identify a logistics provider that is part tactical service provider and part strategic business partner.
Whatever challenges your perishable goods operation faces, it’s likely that the right 3PL can offer innovative solutions.
A third-party logistics provider with its own dedicated workforce is still a company's best option for handling and storing sensitive goods.
Increasing consumer expectations, market uncertainty, and other recent trends, have only enhanced the value 3PLs bring to shippers. From technology innovations to process insights, here are the ways 3PLs unlock and increase supply chain efficiencies.
Companies must take a holistic approach to serving customers by eliminating silos and fully understanding their end-to-end supply chain today, especially in terms of customer service. 3PLs can help.
Automated bidding tools bring benefits to shippers and carriers alike. Carriers that receive complete shipment history and future volume forecasts from shippers are able to make the most competitive offers, which can lead to shipper savings.
A 3PL partner that is aligned on purpose, value, strategy, and culture can provide far more value than what is seen in a transportation budget variance report.
A look back over 21 years of Inbound Logistics' Top 10 3PLs.
Whether brand new, solidly up and running, or decades old, shipper-3PL partnerships thrive on open communications, flexibility and trust.
When a shipper finds a 3PL who can be a true partner, the choice should be easy and the benefits evident, from letting team members focus on core competencies to leveraging the 3PL’s expertise.
The Inbound Logistics audience has stamped it license-plate official: These top-tier third-party logistics providers deserve accolades and the distinction of being a Top 10 3PL.
Partnering with a 3PL does much more than free up time to focus on core competencies—it offers a buffer between the shipper and the ever-shifting challenges of the logistics realm.
In good times and in bad, world-class third-party logistics providers will continue to solve fundamental business challenges wrapped around supply chain operations.
This story highlights the results of Inbound Logistics’ 14th annual survey of shippers and 3PLs.
For sellers looking for a new logistics provider, knowing what to look for in a 3PL or ISP — and what to avoid — is difficult, especially for businesses that are trying to make their way in the e-commerce economy.
While 3PLs and retailers have many options to compete in an Amazon world, inaction is not one of them. Amazon plans to invest an incremental $800 million in the second quarter alone to bring standard one-day shipping to Prime customers.
Knowing how to quickly set up and configure supply chain technology so the solutions work for individual customers is the key to getting the most flexible and powerful performance from industry leading package applications.
Third-party logistics (3PL) companies have it tough. Not only do they need air-tight control of their data, 3PLs need to prove to customers that their data is safer than Fort Knox. In today’s world where one person in a black hoodie sitting at a coffee shop can do more damage to a business than a ten-ton bomb, that’s a big ask.
Shippers can mitigate supply chain fluctuations and disruptions by leveraging the expertise of 3PLs.
With so much at stake this holiday shipping season, retailer suppliers and 3PL partners must have a plan to deal with the inevitable disasters and near disasters.
Some shippers find the 3PL model doesn’t go far enough. Here's how to make 4PLs work for you.
Profile of Denis Reilly, president and CEO of Kenco Logistics
DLS Worldwide President Thomas Griffin reveals the 3PL efficiencies in highest demand as shippers face capacity constraints in 2017.
Readers share unexpected supply chain challenges and how they overcame them.
Choosing the third-party logistics partner (3PL) that has the resources and expertise to handle every fulfillment challenge will help suppliers adapt to ever-evolving market conditions and complex customer requirements.
By quickly adapting to various industries and commodities and responding to client requests with urgency and an extremely high level of customer service quality, a strong 3PL will find it can outlast even the most convenient warehousing options.
By collaborating with a knowledgeable third-party logistics (3PL) provider, shippers can add both scale and visibility to their supply chain.
Trying to plot a different course? Figuring out how to spread your wings? A third-party partner might offer…just the kind of help you need.
Inbound Logistics’ 12th annual 2017 3PL Perspectives market research report examines the trends and challenges shaping logistics outsourcing strategy and the third-party logistics industry.
Getting the most from your third-party logistics provider (3PL) is more important than ever. Use these tips to leverage your 3PL relationship.
If your firm is looking to break into chemical handling or currently handles chemicals and wants to perform better, this guide offers key factors to becoming the best in the industry.
Many companies are finding that value-added logistics services can help to give their supply chain a competitive edge. Use this advice to add value to your supply chain.
Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.
Readers share the best part about working in the supply chain.
3PL warehouses are not only in demand, but in a position of strength. This provides 3PL operators a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with key customers, suppliers, and retailers of their choice.
As consumers demand a greater personal experience and more sophisticated product, the digital revolution will prove a competitive advantage to those who embrace it.
In the life science and pharmaceutical area, an inefficient supply chain can cause serious problems. Here are the benefits in adopting innovative approaches to the pharmaceuticals supply chain.
Find the right solutions, carriers and partners to drive efficiency in your supply chain operations and enable your enterprise to navigate the twists and turns, ups and downs of the coming year.
A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. Use these tips to get the most out of your routing guide.
Jungheinrich® reach trucks help LeanCor’s mission to advance the world’s supply chains.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
As product demand continues to rise, companies in all industries are partnering with third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ensure their products are delivered to customers on time and cost effectively.
Thirty years ago, third-party logistics providers offered mainly rudimentary logistics and warehousing services. Today, however, many 3PLs offer complex solutions that help companies achieve strategic goals.
Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.
Working with a specialized transportation provider will save you time and headaches while keeping your customers happy and costs down.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
Readers choose between cost and customer service as the most important selection criterion for a carrier or supplier.
Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.
Working with a single-source third-party logistics provider offers many benefits. Here are tips for choosing a partner with capabilities that fit your company’s needs.
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Inbound Logistics talks to carriers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers about sure-fire ways to save money on LTL shipments and serves up a list of 18 tips that will help shippers of all types and sizes.
Complying with big-box retailer requirements isn’t always easy, but it pays off in the result of a cohesive 3PL team, satisfied employees and continued business.
Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success.
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.
With schools across the country rapidly increasing the use of technology in the classroom, recent graduates entering into the logistics workforce expect similar atmospheres.
Freight location and status updates, along with advanced predictive analytics capabilities, are making load tracking a valuable tool for shippers, brokers, 3PLs, and carriers
A successful procurement project or event is all about the right preparation.
As entities responsible for brokering appropriate carrier rates, ensuring accurate quantities of orders and guaranteeing high quality of products, third-party logistics providers are extensions of companies’ brands.
Industry expertise is the most impactful way to positively affect customer service requirements.
Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years.
This story examines the secrets behind a successful shipper-3PL relationship, as seen through the eyes of four pairs of successful business partners.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide explains the most important aspects in good vendor management and how manufacturers can deal with increasing regulations and security concerns.
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.
Transparency and communication are key in the RFP process to develop a true and lasting partnership with a 3PL provider.
This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.
Working with a third-party logistics partner who also offers foreign trade zones can provide big benefits in the right scenarios.
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.
Companies that work with third-party logistics providers such as Penske Logistics get to share the pain when unexpected situations arise.
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.
Logistics has evolved into a strategic business concern, driving enterprises to seek third-party logistics (3PL) providers with multi-modal capabilities for complete end-to-end integration.
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.
With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.
As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.
The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.
Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, discusses the talent gap, entrepreneurship, the importance of keeping employees happy, and more.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.
Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.
Freight audit and payment companies help shippers find the hidden cash in their supply chains by eliminating overbilling, and paying invoices accurately and quickly.
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
No matter how thoroughly safety training requirements are followed, there are still likely to be gaps in your company’s loading dock safety efforts. Use these tips to better shape safety training plans.
3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.
As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.
Freight damage, loss, and theft will always occur. Planning for those inevitabilities is key to prevention and faster claims settlement.
The third-party logistics (3PL) segment evolved from shippers driving the process based on their needs, to collaboratively working together to create new solutions and change business operations.
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.
Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.
The right 3PL partner can help to even the playing field between SMBs and their larger big box competitors.
Join us as we turn back the clock and consider how outsourcing demand has changed over the past 20 years – and perhaps shed some light on where the 3PL industry is tracking.
Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
All global supply chains carry some element of risk, but working with third-party logistics providers, with transparency in full effect, can help you achieve the best risk management outcome.
When it comes to transporting the oversized, the awkward, the exotic, and the endangered, the secret to success is planning, planning, and more planning.
Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.
When selling products across the northern border, these three tips can help.
Companies are breaking through functional silos to initiate sweeping sustainability mandates.
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.
Middle East countries show signs of regional collaboration around transportation and logistics; China’s “red supply chain” threatens Taiwanese semiconductor industry; India looks to Korea as both a model and partner for its economic modernization program; U.S. fashion industry supports extension of African Growth & Opportunity Act; Cuba’s Port of Mariel attracts investment from CMA CGM; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model
Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.
Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.
These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.
A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.
Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?
This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.
Globalization has a dramatic impact on strategic sourcing, logistics excellence, and supply chain management. Here’s how your company can become a preferred employer in today’s global age.
Here are three ways companies are optimizing their oil and gas supply chains and creating more predictable financial returns.
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.
A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.
E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
Companies are seeking data to help them understand their supply chain networks, and strategic enterprise partners are providing the needed information to them through logistics.
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.
Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.
To mark SmartWay's 10th anniversary, several shipper partners share their best tactics for getting the most out of the program... Sourcing and procurement functions have become areas of core incompetency says new survey.
Technology is enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and communication to help shippers and their logistics providers understand each other's operations, and collaborate in ways that were much more difficult in the past.
Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.
A successful supply chain team needs just the right mix of talent, skills, and personalities, not to mention a clear mission, the freedom to pursue it, and the structure to succeed.
Latin America is fast becoming the destination of choice for companies looking to expand their global footprint, and 3PLs with knowledge and regional expertise will be valuable partners.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.
Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.
State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.
Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.
Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.
Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.
Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.
3PL websites should offer tools that offer shippers information they need, and make working with carriers easier.
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.
A strong corporate culture boosts productivity, improves service, and reduces workplace injuries and employee turnover.
Auto aftermarket shippers use supplier ship direct programs and high-velocity DCs to meet demand.
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.
Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.
Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.
Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.
Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.
E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.
Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.
Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.
Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.
Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.
Global dry-bulk commodity trade reveals rate growth, steadying inflation in China; Preparations for 2022 World Cup trigger DC explosion in Qatar; Supplier risk analysis will become more complex as companies expand into new global markets; Pakistani protests force U.S. military drawdown to consider $1 billion airfreight alternative; Asia truck bans taking toll on logistics industry; Africa’s piracy problem shifting to continent’s west coast; Trans-Pacific Partnership pact stalls, 2014 ratification expected; China’s Nicaraguan Canal stirs intrigue; Tesco acquires stake in “Asia’s Amazon”
As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.
Geodis Wilson helps integrated design technology company Dana Innovations expand its international supply chain.
Energy companies have responded to the escalating cost of doing business by looking for savings in the indirect material supply chain. As a result, many are struggling to optimize maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) functions.
Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.
Event logistics planners coordinate details to ensure precise requirements and deadlines are met.
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.
Outsourcing transportation and logistics to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) blends function and flexibility into a supply chain feng shui.
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.
Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.
A logistics and supply chain market research survey reveal trends and insights about the third-party logistics sector.
Inbound Logistics readers' choices for the best third party logistics providers.
Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.
For chemical logistics providers, safety on the truck and in the warehouse is of paramount importance.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
Transporting goods via truck and rail services offers shippers economy and efficiency benefits. Site selection teams evaluating intermodal sites also consider factors such as labor, transportation infrastructure, and utility costs.
This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.
Using an advanced logistics simulation tool to analyze system performance and lifecycle cost can help logisticians negotiate better performance-based logistics contracts, writes Justin Woulfe of WPI Services.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.
To preserve working capital and promote flexibility, many companies choose to leverage the capabilities of a third-party-logistics (3PL) provider for carrier spend, facility occupancy, and more, writes John Wagner Jr. of Wagner Logistics.
Shippers want 3PL partners that not only responsively evolve service networks and capabilities to flex with the market, but also can anticipate and be ready to meet future service requirements, writes Ray Greer of BNSF Logistics.
As manufacturers strive to strike the perfect balance between parts delivered and parts consumed in production, technology innovations allow logistics providers to ensure companies receive only the parts they need when they need them, writes John Paugh of Carter Logistics.
The value of third-party logistics (3PL) provider partnerships grows infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings.
By identifying the value-adds that brand and retail shippers want, logistics providers can position their offerings to bring millions in benefits to their customers and make the relationship stick, writes Greg White of Blue Ridge.
As senior supply chain manager at blood management devices manufacturer Haemonetics Corporation, Emily Ross monitors the pulse of the company’s transportation and warehousing services sourcing.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Ebro, and USG Corporation, are moving beyond the traditional, transactional shipper-3PL relationship to form collaborative partnerships focused on mutual gain.
Inbound Logistics’ eighth-annual 3PL market research report demonstrates how 3PLs and shippers are connecting to confront existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.
Inbound Logistics' readers voted on the third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that give them the best service and deliver outstanding results. Here is the list of top-rated 3PLs.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can inspire shipper confidence by using technology tools to control loads and properly insuring their loads.
Companies are increasingly realizing that supply chain must become a core competency. Adding a supply chain control tower and taking on the fourth-party logistics (4PL) role offers them the ability to accelerate collaboration and achieve higher performance levels.
Getting your money’s worth from third-party logistics (3PL) service providers requires willingness to commit to key relationships, according to these tips from supply chain consultant Valerie Bonebrake, Tompkins International.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.
C.H. Robinson and Menlo Logistics Worldwide streamline managed TMS services; Ohio, Wisconsin, and California transportation legislation; GE opens renewable energy DC; Order fulfillment process grows in complexity
Shippers, carriers, and small intermediaries that rely on third-party logistics (3PL) service providers to manage non-core logistics and supply functions, access capacity, and tap technology capabilities must review 3PL performance periodically to ensure quality service.
There is more to India’s supply chain scene than its shortcomings. APL Logistics’ David Frentzel shares insights from a recent tour of his company’s Indian facilities and meetings with shippers.
Viewing order management as an opportunity to add value ensures that 3PLs act as a partner that adds real revenue-side value, and not just another vendor, writes Clyde Mount, 3PL Worldwide.
Shippers that use only the transactional solutions offered by their 3PL partners are missing the opportunity to benefit from advanced logistics solutions and expertise they helped pay to initiate, implement, and build-out, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.
Editor Felecia Stratton describes the highlights of the July 2011 issue, which documents the many ways 3PLs of all shapes and sizes are moving the outsourcing needle in different directions.
Capable third-party logistics (3PL) providers can help you manage rising logistics costs because they have highly developed processes and critical infrastructures in place, writes Brad Constantini, Comprehensive Logistics.
Just when a shipper needs help most, in steps a partner with super powers. These three case studies show how third-party logistics providers can swoop in to solve problems for shippers.
Inbound Logistics' annual 3PL market research report reveals how the dynamic duo of shippers and 3PLs are responding to changing forces in the outsourcing industry.
Responding to our annual Readers' Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence survey, Inbound Logistics readers voted on the best third-party logistics providers and related the ways in which they count on their 3PLs.
3PLs, like shippers, come in many shapes and sizes. The "not-too-big and not-too-small" size of Tier II 3PLs makes them just right for many shippers.
John Rodeheffer of Zipline Logistics outlines how to find a 3PL that delivers "Golden Rule" customer service: who treat others as they want to be treated, with honest and transparent communication.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.
Most logistics outsourcers today use an RFQ to select their 3PLs. But that model is outdated and ineffective. A handful of forward-thinking shippers and logistics providers are instead embracing a collaborative outsourcing method, with powerful results.
The new world of supply chain management requires that carriers and shippers both understand and respect the economics of the industry.
Jerry Levy of Specialized Transportation Inc. explains how to get the best service from white-glove logistics providers.
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.
Third-party logistics provider mergers can disrupt shippers' supply chain performance. Brad Constantini of Comprehensive Logistics Inc. suggests strategies for preventing these problems.
4PLs guide transportation operations, manage product flow, and sometimes help avert disaster.
Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.
Logistics service providers are eligible for a range of certifications, such as C-TPAT, SmartWay, FAST, and IATA. But what they must do to qualify, and why should these certifications matter to shippers?
Ford revamped its service parts network, processes, and technologies to boost efficiency and set the stage for global service parts logistics management.
Handling oversized cargo requires a special touch. Here's how to find a project logistics provider with the know-how to get the job done right.
Logistics providers who work to understand shippers' needs help create customer service success, as illustrated by case studies involving Pep Boys, McCain Foods, and USG Corporation.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.
Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.
Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.
To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.
Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.
Ike Ortiz-Luis of DGX-Dependable Global Express explains how to navigate oversized cargo's specialized needs, from transportation requirements to project financing.
Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.
Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.
A new wave of demand for value-added services requires more capabilities of retail vendors and their logistics providers.
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.
21st annual State of Logistics Report: Beating the Recession; Making dollars and Sense out of Jabulanis and Vuvuzelas; Mergers and Acquisitions Show signs of Recovery
Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.
Third-party logistics providers can provide capacity, expertise, technology, and buying power. Chip Smith, president of CS Advisory Group, discusses how to ensure you're getting the most from your 3PL.
Shared space environments, secondary packaging services, and reimagined cross-docking functions are helping manufacturers get more value from warehousing providers. Cliff Otto, president of Saddle Creek, outlines the benefits.
Companies that combine the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra with the supply chain wisdom of managing costs and stamping out inefficiencies are developing reverse supply chains that help the Earth, the customer, and the bottom line.
As truckload prices starting to rise, more shippers are choosing stability over short-term cost advantages, writes Jerry DeMeuse of Schneider Logistics.
From LTL and dedicated route service to seasonal and year-round storage, 3PLs need to be well-versed in the space to meet the specialized needs of agricultural companies.
Ruan’s approach to effective continuous improvement (CI) is centered around creating value within its partners’ businesses. CI begins with a clear understanding of each unique supply chain and baseline performance measures.
To move goods to customers’ doorsteps efficiently, safely, and quickly, many companies need to overcome strained distribution networks, time-consuming manual processes, driver shortages, and urban congestion. Here are the latest last-mile innovations.
By working as partners, third-party logistics providers and shippers take on today's warehousing challenges.
West Pak Avocado distributes avocados to hundreds of customers around the globe. To maintain efficient transportation through seasonal peaks, West Pak partnered with a third-party logistics provider to move produce as quickly as possible.
Thomas Griffin, president at DLS Worldwide, discusses how partnering with a large, experienced logistics company can offer technology, agility, and customer service benefits.
Shippers can track inbound shipments until delivered and know if they may be delayed or delivered with damages or shortages by enlisting the assistance of a 3PL.
Thomas Griffin, president with DLS Worldwide, discusses how finding the right 3PL partner is more important than ever in the transportation sector as companies recover from COVID-19.
Learn how 3PL Central's warehouse management solutions helped Woodland Group become an "invisible" partner for its customers while growing their businesses.
TA Services' transportation management solutions helped MRC Global, a distributor of pipe, infrastructure products, and valves and fittings, improve visibility and enhance service levels.
While the human and financial tolls wrought by COVID-19 are horrific, the pandemic has also brought out the best in many people and the logistics and supply chain organizations with which they work.
We asked and you answered—these are the supply chain terms and phrases that you think people often confuse.
The clearer your RFP, the easier it will be for 3PLs to understand your requirements and provide you with the information you need to make an informed selection.
Amazon's launching of a full-service freight brokerage has a number of implications for supply chain professionals—some obvious and some not so clear.
Combining trucking assets with 3PL services is not an entirely new concept — but it’s one that’s been refined and improved to give shippers a freight model that outperforms past models in the marketplace.
Javelin Logistics removed their reliance on manual labor and now thrive in the e-commerce marketplace by partnering with 3PL Central.
Choosing the right third-party logistics provider (3PL) can make or break your goal of achieving supply chain excellence. Here’s how to select the right 3PL.
Providing innovative and reliable supply chain solutions, these third-party logistics providers drive home the goods. Presented in alphabetical order, these are the 100 3PLs Inbound Logistics editors selected as the best of the best.
Nexus is a third-party logistics provider offering customized warehousing solutions and multi-modal transportation services.
Harnessing Hub Group’s optimization and management expertise, a CPG company received a dynamic and responsive solution that ensured every PO met cost-effective precision service.
Today’s Tier 1 TMSs can help you get work done faster, cut the need for calls and emails, reduce the number of screens and clicks, and increase your profitability.
3PL executives charged with making their company’s operations more efficient and cost-effective to the associates on the floor who pick the orders, all are singing the praises of the ‘bot revolution.’
Today, many 3PLs provide the technology solutions and expertise shippers need to manage increasingly complicated customer relationships.
3PLs and tech providers can empower ethical supply chains, winter warehouse tips, what is most important to carriers when working with shippers, Fleet Advantage 2018 benchmarking survey reveals fleet operators pulse about rising fuel and maintenance and electric trucks, female high school students, findings from 2019 Third-Party Logistics Study, Forrester forecasts that companies will spend $434.9 billion to run IoT solutions by 2023, startup aims to make robots safe around factory workers, conditions ripe for multistory warehouses, automated material handling equipment market to exhibit significant growth during 2018–2024
Is outsourcing your fulfillment the best option for your business? Here are 15 important questions to ask a potential partner.
Selecting a transportation mode and carrier isn’t as simple as identifying the fastest or least expensive option. It’s a complicated process that takes into account timelines and risks as well as budgets. Industry experts share best practices that will help save money and prevent costly mistakes.
An experienced and knowledgeable 3PL provider can help life sciences and pharmaceutical customers adopt VMI as a supply chain management practice.
Optimizing a transportation network equires an ideal combination of personnel, tools, and strategic alignment.
As e-commerce continues to dominate the retail landscape, many logistics services providers are evolving their solutions to meet this new demand. One example is LEGACY Supply Chain, a third-party logistics provider focused on e-commerce fulfillment in the United States and Canada.
These agile small and mid-sized businesses have picked up the pace to vault over supply chain challenges, including the pandemic.
A warehouse management system should be adaptable, fast, affordable, and scalable to offer a low entry point into the warehouse, while providing a platform that expands exponentially according to the client's requirements, Mantis recommends.
A niche pet food company thrives during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a long-standing partnership with its third-party logistics provider.
The three M’s are key areas to explore and break down to realize the full potential of your company and help you to get the biggest, fastest savings in your supply chain, today.
The return-to-school shopping period is an important dress rehearsal for the upcoming peak season.
Without proper identity access and management procedures for third-party users in place, entire supply chains are vulnerable to attacks.
Verst Logistics helped an arts and crafts supplies company address peak season challenges and growing sales by expanding its supply chain capabilities.
When shippers work with a 3PL that is consistently investing in technology and new distribution centers, they can increase service consistency and offer their customers unexpectedly fast fulfillment.
Inbound freight can be a challenge to analyze or control, but it significantly impacts operational and cost results. Traverse this ‘final frontier’ of supply chain management by collaborating on these strategies, across departments.
Profile of Phil Yeager, president and COO, Hub Group
The modern supply chain is complex, and in order for the world's leading companies to deliver their goods and services in an expedient, cost-conscious, and environmentally friendly fashion, they are increasingly turning to third-party logistics (3PL) companies to achieve these goals. These are among the themes of the 2020 Third-Party Logistics Study.
LANXESS, a global specialty chemicals supplier, selected Odyssey Logistics & Technology to track multiple assets for four business units that provide products across 33 countries.
Nature's Bakery turns to a third-party logistics provider, ITS Logistics, to launch a direct-to-consumer e-commerce channel for its snack bars.
The variety of transportation management systems available can make it difficult for shippers to target the solution that is the best fit for their organization. Experts say companies should strive to identify the features that will support their unique operation rather than falling into the trap of chasing options that will not provide a useful impact. The process for selecting a TMS should be marked by disciplined decision-making and a focus on the business case.
New and noteworthy in the supply chain.
Logistics service providers reveal how they treat their customers like VIPs.
Retailers may face significant challenges when expanding further into the online/e-commerce business. Some challenges may involve supply chain management issues.
It’s a boon year for third-party logistics providers offering innovative, flexible, and reliable solutions to meet shipper demands. Presented alphabetically, these are the 100 3PLs Inbound Logistics editors chose as the best of the best. Search the 3PL Decision Support Tool for an even deeper dive.
While technology is helpful in executing specific tasks, it cannot alone replace quality human interaction. Shippers should make sure their 3PL provider is working with them in an efficient, friendly, and attentive manner.
Each year, the Inbound Logistics Readers’ Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence survey gives shippers the chance to give a shout-out to providers that have taken on so much of their load. Here are the best of the best.
This second-annual report is designed to help warehouses increase both their market share and profitability by addressing the most dramatic change of all—The Rising Demand for a Superior Customer Experience.
As technology and innovation continue to enable new options, supply chains will be sure to keep pace and take us to new heights.
Partnering with a 3PL could be the best solution to improved visibility and lower costs over the long haul.
Warehouses who use this philosophy to create disciplined, rigorous strategies were able to achieve superior results.
A provider with these 10 qualities will put your logistics outsourcing on the path for success.
Shipper demands, customer expectations and 3PL capabilities increase, putting supply chain at the forefront.
Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) drive continuous improvement for the shippers they serve through innovative solutions, up-to-date technology, and sheer effort.
Use this advice to implement a leadership training program.
Unyson helped a customer simultaneously increase service for time-sensitive shipments while decreasing costs.
Shippers share the most probing and effective questions to ask potential 3PL partners.
Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.
Organizations have already begun to transition the delivery of supply chain and logistics services from an internal model to an external one, says a recent market study by KPMG and HfS Research. Here's how companies should leverage future trends revealed by the study to create intelligent supply chains.
Organizations are turning to third party logistics providers and enhanced transportation management technology to deliver the velocity, visibility, predictability, and control they need.
From establishing secondary suppliers to setting up alternative routes, here’s a look at how Plan B strategies can keep you up and running even during extreme weather events.
There’s a lot of interest in the industry right now regarding advanced technologies like blockchain and AI and the benefits they could bring to logistics operations – and with good reason. But, for all the promise these appear to hold, there are proven enhancement-focused tools already available – in particular, scorecards – that supply chain managers should take full advantage right now to ensure optimized performance across all supply chain functions.
Clearly, increased trucking costs are the new normal. Also as clear is the other dynamic, which is emphasized a little less these days but all the more important to offset cost increases in other areas: Use your logistics partner strategically and offset rising transport costs.
Still struggling to get your logistics technology up to speed? You're not alone. See why companies are increasingly outsourcing IT to their third-party logistics providers.
Providers that specialize and target a specific industry, geographical market, or will limit their service offering are referred to as niche 3PL’s. Here are some of the advantages to using a niche 3PL over a traditional provider.
To ensure brands are managing the most efficient, optimized supply chain, they need to assess their supply chain partner’s commitment across the following key areas.
A 3PL could offer benefits worth exploring to help you accommodate e-commerce growth.
Simply generating supply chain data doesn’t eliminate waste, reduce costs, or improve service. Shippers should implement systems that give managers insights behind the data. Find a TMS that is available as a customized solution to incorporate your unique industry and supply chain requirements.
Now more than ever healthcare supply chains are key differentiators for best-in-class manufacturers.
Visibility is a key issue in the management of supply chains. Introducing transparency throughout all aspects of your business will bring about remarkable results. Here's how.
Technology is the backbone of today's logistics systems, and shippers want to make the right choices for mission-critical systems.
The retail industry needs to adapt an agile and visible supply chain to fulfill increasingly demanding consumer requests.