Gartner Research

Growing Reliance on Outsourcing Warrants a Change in Logistics Management

Published: 23 September 2015

ID: G00291839

Analyst(s): Greg Aimi, John Johnson

Summary

As logistics outsourcing increases, a company's performance becomes increasingly dependent on its 3PL partners and how it works with them. This requires a transition in skills and capabilities of logistics staff and puts more importance on knowing how to work with the right 3PLs.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Two-thirds of companies expect to expand their use of logistics services, meaning their company's performance will be much more dependent on how well the logistics organization manages its 3PL providers
  • More than half of businesses (53%) are seeking to consolidate their portfolio of logistics providers by using more services, greater geographical reach, and specialized capabilities from a smaller set of 3PLs

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