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Learning From Logistics Leaders: Implement the 'Four Wisdoms' to Build a Successful 4PL Operating Model

Published: 26 September 2017

ID: G00324436

Analyst(s): Greg Aimi , James Lisica , David Gonzalez , Courtney Rogerson


The fourth-party logistics model extends the current logistics outsourcing trend toward more mutually equitable relationships to the next level, with all logistics functions outsourced to a single partner. Supply chain leaders should use this research to help implement a successful 4PL model.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use These Four Wisdoms to Define Your Company's 4PL Operating Model
    • First Wisdom
    • Second Wisdom
    • Third Wisdom
    • Fourth Wisdom
  • Adopt These Four Steps to Find the 4PL Provider That's Right for Your Organization
    • Step 1
    • Step 2
    • Step 3
    • Step 4
  • Follow the Logic of These Four Reasons to Determine Why You Might Need a 4PL
    • Reason 1
    • Reason 2
    • Reason 3
    • Reason 4

Case Study

  • Industrial Manufacturer Partners With a 4PL, Creating a Global Operating Model

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