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Shippers Look To 3PLs For Innovative Logistics Solutions On A Global Scale

The Question is – Are They Up To The Challenge?


Across the board small and medium size distributors/shippers are faced with adopting increasingly more technologically complex order fulfillment solutions to satisfy the quick response demand from their global customer base. Most do not have the in-house technical capability to develop, deploy, and manage sophisticated automated system technologies. Therefore, they are turning to outsourcing their order fulfillment requirements as a practical and cost effective alternative.

However, there are many critically important factors that must be taken into consideration before engaging with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider. In August of this year SCD published an article that outlined what shippers need to understand about their own operations and reasons for outsourcing – see “Outsourcing – Flexibility & Speed Are Key Factors”. In the following Byline, written for SCD by Bill Tomasi of International Business Systems (IBS), Mr. Tomasi describes how technology can provide a huge advantage to 3PLs seeking credibility and elevated partnerships with their customers...


Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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