Archive for Outsourcing

Realities and Misconceptions of 4PL Relationships

The needs and expectations of manufacturers and retailers for their logistics partners have changed significantly over the years, and confusion and misconceptions remain in the marketplace concerning what third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and fourth party logistics providers (4PLs) are and the services they offer. What are some of those misconceptions? What defines a successful 4PL-customer […]

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A Recipe for Success: Best Practices for Supply Chain Integration

No two supply chain integrations are ever the same. But after many years of onboarding new customers, I have learned that there are three basic components to most integrations. And I like to think of it in cooking terms. Below are the steps we followed for one of our latest supply chain integrations: Step 1: […]

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The F Word That’s Becoming Important in the 3PL Selection Process

A few weeks ago on Talking Logistics, I discussed the keys to developing a successful 3pl-customer relationship with Sean Coakley, Senior Vice President at Kenco Logistics. At the beginning of the conversation, I asked Sean if cost savings and service improvements are still the main reasons why companies outsource their logistics operations to third party […]

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The Keys to Developing Successful 3PL-Customer Relationships

There are no guarantees that a 3PL-customer relationship will be successful, but you can maximize the odds for success by adopting leading practices and not repeating the same mistakes others have made. A research paper published recently by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business highlights several best practices in selecting and managing a […]

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Ripped from the Headlines: Supply Chain Trends in the News

In recent weeks, I’ve come across several news articles highlighting a few supply chain and logistics trends that I’ve written about over the past couple of years — namely, companies bringing logistics operations back in-house; suppliers getting “bullied” by large customers; and why learning to perform tasks manually, without software or technology, is an important […]

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The Biggest Mistake When Selecting a 3PL

One of our most popular Talking Logistics episodes of all time is Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating and Selecting a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Partner (6,220 views to date), which we summarized in a follow-up post and also included in our first Talking Logistics YOUniversity course, Fundamentals of Selecting and Working with 3PL Partners. Simply […]

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