Gartner Research

Evaluate These Influencing Factors When Deciding to Outsource Logistics or Keep It In-House

Published: 25 September 2018

ID: G00366516

Analyst(s): David Gonzalez , Greg Aimi


Supply chain leaders focused on logistics can use this research to help understand the factors, risks, and benefits when deciding whether to outsource some or all of the logistics functions to a third-party logistics provider.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use a Decision Tree of Influencing Factors to Determine Whether You Should Outsource Logistics or Build the Capability In-House
    • Recommendations
  • Design a Balanced Outsourcing Strategy
    • Recommendations
  • Segment Providers to Ensure a Successful Outsourcing Engagement
    • Recommendations

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2022 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.