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Getting the Most From Your 3PL Provider
Getting the most from your third-party logistics provider (3PL) is more important than ever. Use these tips to leverage your 3PL relationship.

Handle With Care: How to Be the Best At Fulfilling Your Clients’ Chemical Handling Needs
If your firm is looking to break into chemical handling or currently handles chemicals and wants to perform better, this guide offers key factors to becoming the best in the industry.

The Advantages of a Pop Up Supply Chain

Consumer Demand Helping Drive 3PL Industry Growth
Organizations are turning to third party logistics providers and enhanced transportation management technology to deliver the velocity, visibility, predictability, and control they need.

Ocean Freight Visibility on the Horizon?


GOOD QUESTION | What part of working in supply chain do you find the most rewarding?

Readers share the best part about working in the supply chain.

How 3PL Warehouses Can Capitalize on the Escalating Demands of Prospects and Customers
3PL warehouses are not only in demand, but in a position of strength. This provides 3PL operators a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with key customers, suppliers, and retailers of their choice.

Today's Competitive Supply Chain: Digital, Smaller, More Resilient
As consumers demand a greater personal experience and more sophisticated product, the digital revolution will prove a competitive advantage to those who embrace it.

Extending the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
In the life science and pharmaceutical area, an inefficient supply chain can cause serious problems. Here are the benefits in adopting innovative approaches to the pharmaceuticals supply chain.

Carrier Network Plants Seeds of Delivery Efficiency

Produce distributor SunTerra Chicago uses technology to boost on-time deliveries and cut costs.

Adding Value to Your Supply Chain
Many companies are finding that value-added logistics services can help to give their supply chain a competitive edge. Use this advice to add value to your supply chain.

The Potential of Change
With schools across the country rapidly increasing the use of technology in the classroom, recent graduates entering into the logistics workforce expect similar atmospheres.

Leveraging Your Routing Guide
A routing guide plays an important role in setting the strategy for carrier selection across a variety of shipments within an organization. Use these tips to get the most out of your routing guide.

Improve Warehouse Productivity With Reach Trucks

Jungheinrich® reach trucks help LeanCor’s mission to advance the world’s supply chains.

Going for Brokers
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.

3PL Partnerships: You're In Good Company

As product demand continues to rise, companies in all industries are partnering with third-party logistics (3PL) providers to ensure their products are delivered to customers on time and cost effectively.

3PLs Up The Ante

Thirty years ago, third-party logistics providers offered mainly rudimentary logistics and warehousing services. Today, however, many 3PLs offer complex solutions that help companies achieve strategic goals.

How Ariens Weathers Seasonal Demand

Ariens' tailored transportation planning solution from Redwood Logistics has led to efficiency gains, delivery improvements, increased visibility and cost reductions.

How Specialized Transportation Can Improve Customer Service
Working with a specialized transportation provider will save you time and headaches while keeping your customers happy and costs down.

The Grass is Greener
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.

GOOD QUESTION | When choosing a carrier/supplier, what’s more important: cost or customer service?

Readers choose between cost and customer service as the most important selection criterion for a carrier or supplier.

Right on Target

Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.

How to Choose a Single-Source Logistics Provider

Working with a single-source third-party logistics provider offers many benefits. Here are tips for choosing a partner with capabilities that fit your company’s needs.

Accurate Transit Times: The Backbone of Efficient Supply Chains
As transit times shift and service areas are updated, customers need a reliable source of data that delivers a standard messaging output that can be easily understood.

Instill Passion, Purpose, and Leadership To Attract and Retain Logistics Talent
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.

18 Sure-Fire Ways to Save on LTL Shipments

Inbound Logistics talks to carriers and third-party logistics (3PL) providers about sure-fire ways to save money on LTL shipments and serves up a list of 18 tips that will help shippers of all types and sizes.

Complying With Big-box Retailer Requirements
Complying with big-box retailer requirements isn’t always easy, but it pays off in the result of a cohesive 3PL team, satisfied employees and continued business.

Still Pushing Your Customers Around?
Using the best logistics IT available, and partnering with world-class carriers and 3PLs, can help you find a better way towards supply chain success.

6 Cool Things I Learned Editing This Issue
Inbound Logistics editor lists six cool things she learned (or just realized anew) as she edited the annual 3PL issue.

How to Stand Out From the Crowd
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.

Increased Visibility
Freight location and status updates, along with advanced predictive analytics capabilities, are making load tracking a valuable tool for shippers, brokers, 3PLs, and carriers

Preparation: The Key to Successful Business…and Procurement Projects
A successful procurement project or event is all about the right preparation.

Become an Extension of Your Client’s Brand
As entities responsible for brokering appropriate carrier rates, ensuring accurate quantities of orders and guaranteeing high quality of products, third-party logistics providers are extensions of companies’ brands.

3PL Customer Service Specialization
Industry expertise is the most impactful way to positively affect customer service requirements.

6 Technologies Guaranteed to Disrupt Your Supply Chain

Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, collaborative robotics, self-driving trucks, drones and the Uberization of deliveries are poised to be disruptive influences on logistics in the coming years.

3PL Partnerships: How to Ink the Deal

This story examines the secrets behind a successful shipper-3PL relationship, as seen through the eyes of four pairs of successful business partners.

3PL Perspectives 2016

Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.

Readers' Choice: Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards 2016

Year after year, the IL 3PL survey reveals the importance of great customer service to shippers.

Tapping Military Talent: Shoes on the Ground

Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.

Addressing Vendor Management and Shifting Global Trade Currents
Thomas Griffin of DLS Worldwide explains the most important aspects in good vendor management and how manufacturers can deal with increasing regulations and security concerns.

Three Key Points to Communicate to Become Your Customers’ Dream Provider
Communication and transparency are key to being a good partner to your clients. Use this advice to effectively communicate with customers.

Using RFPs to Optimize Partnerships
Transparency and communication are key in the RFP process to develop a true and lasting partnership with a 3PL provider.

Logistics Technology: 3PLs Span the Gamut

This story looks at ways in which 3PLs help small and midsize companies implement and take full advantage of information technology.

Should I Work With a Third-Party Logistics Provider Offering Foreign Trade Zone Services?
Working with a third-party logistics partner who also offers foreign trade zones can provide big benefits in the right scenarios.

Crossborder E-commerce Into the U.S. Just Got A Lot Easier – U.S. Retailers Should Take Note and Plan Accordingly
The new de minimis rate allows e-commerce retailers to see faster customs procedures and border clearance, which will accelerate delivery speed.

Georgia: Enabling Business Growth Through Collaboration
From well-designed redundancies across intermodal shipping methods to creative solutions when the unexpected happens, Georgia’s logistics industry is positioned to help shippers connect, compete, and grow.

The Supply Chain of the Past
Why Inbound Logistics decided to re-publish Strikepoint, a fictional logistics novella originally published in 2001.

Advantages of Partial Truckload Shipping
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.

Accelerating Enterprise Logistics With Top-Tier Multi-Modal Solutions
Logistics has evolved into a strategic business concern, driving enterprises to seek third-party logistics (3PL) providers with multi-modal capabilities for complete end-to-end integration.

A Five-Step Blueprint for 3PL Success
It is critical that 3PLs take a hard look at operations to determine areas for cost reduction, productivity and efficiency improvements, and opportunities for new service offerings and revenue streams.

So You’ve Decided to Invest in a Global TMS – Now What?
When choosing a transportation management system, it’s important to ensure it will meet all of your requirements.

How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace
With so many choices available, varying freight, and small package shipping needs, the 3PL service offering needs to be about more than the transaction.

Keeping Partnerships Strong in a Shifting Landscape

As shippers evaluate existing, merged, or new 3PL providers, they should also be aware of their own processes and approach to vendor relationships and choose partners that best align with their strategies and needs.

Liquor Logistics: Solutions on Tap

The booming liquor business has added several layers of complexity to the supply chain with the addition of many new product SKUs. Shippers are using technology, data, and collaboration to keep the supply chain moving efficiently.

Supply Chains that Rock Around the Clock: A Hard Day's Night

Companies that work with third-party logistics providers such as Penske Logistics get to share the pain when unexpected situations arise.

Realizing the Power of a Leveraged Platform
One way a manufacturer can mitigate the effects of increasing regulations and demand volatility is by working with a third-party logistics provider with a leveraged platform.

Trends—November 2015

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS), which ensures hazardous materials are safely produced, used, and disposed of, continues to evolve. Supply chain management technology tools remain a priority. Third-party logistics providers project future growth. St. Louis, Mo. remains an epicenter for all transportation modes, and is ripe for future growth opportunities.

People Person

Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, discusses the talent gap, entrepreneurship, the importance of keeping employees happy, and more.

An Acquiring Mind

Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.

Freight Payment and Auditing Services: Cash is King 

Freight audit and payment companies help shippers find the hidden cash in their supply chains by eliminating overbilling, and paying invoices accurately and quickly.

Leveraged Platforms: The More Efficient Road Ahead
Core carriers participating in leveraged platforms typically receive consistent, attractive internal freight volumes and specific lanes of business.

Outsourcing to a Third-Party Logistics Provider
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.

Nourishing a Healthy Supply Chain 

Nutrabolt’s rapid growth created several logistics challenges, including processing orders efficiently and quickly; absorbing dramatic swings in order volumes to support promotional campaigns; and providing omni-channel fulfillment through a single warehouse. A third-party logistics partnership with Kane Is Able helped Nutrabolt meet these challenges.

Safeguarding Your Loading Dock
No matter how thoroughly safety training requirements are followed, there are still likely to be gaps in your company’s loading dock safety efforts. Use these tips to better shape safety training plans.

Trends—August 2015

3PLs tout IoT as top disruptive innovation in the supply chain; Hyundai and Accenture team up to design smarter ship; TMS use has tripled over the past decade; new sustainability web platform helps shippers assess key trends and best practices.

Be a Logistics Superhero
Increasing costs and challenges within the logistics industry affect your bottom line. Use these steps to reduce logistics costs.

How Non-Traditional Service Offerings Are Enhancing Supply Chains
Value-added services that fall outside the realm of traditional supply chain solutions can save millions of dollars and create mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships.

Channeling the Brick and Click Dilemma

As e-commerce continues to transform consumer behavior, retailers explore hybrid omni-channel supply chain models that deliver the best that online and in-store have to offer.

8 Ways to File Effective Freight Claims

Freight damage, loss, and theft will always occur. Planning for those inevitabilities is key to prevention and faster claims settlement.

You Say You Want a Co-Evolution?
The third-party logistics (3PL) segment evolved from shippers driving the process based on their needs, to collaboratively working together to create new solutions and change business operations. 

Turning Back the Pages: 20 Years of Top 100 3PLs
When you consider the rapid evolution of supply chain management over the past two decades the 3PL industry has been a featured piece in an increasingly pixelated mosaic.

Overcoming LTL Shipping Challenges
Understanding less-than-truckload shipping challenges is the key to overcoming them.

Trends—July 2015

Amazon and Walmart vie for last-mile supremacy; Nevada community college establishes logistics program to meet Tesla labor demand; Industrial buyers think outside the box; Consortium establishes new chemical footprint assessment; VMI opportunities abound as shippers look to optimize inventory; study looks at the ghost economy

Working With the Right Enterprise Logistics Provider Makes Good Companies Significantly Better
An Enterprise Logistics partnership helps improve companies by delivering customized applications to improve market advantage.

What “Digital Business” Means for your Business
Digital Business integrates the value chain to realize a constant stream of operational data and transform it into balanced, end-to-end metrics that improve decision making.

3PLs Can Deliver Big Benefits to Small Companies
The right 3PL partner can help to even the playing field between SMBs and their larger big box competitors.

The Evolution of Third-Party Logistics

Join us as we turn back the clock and consider how outsourcing demand has changed over the past 20 years – and perhaps shed some light on where the 3PL industry is tracking.

2015 3PL Perspectives

Inbound Logistics’ exclusive market research survey on the third-party logistics (3PL) sector reveals new trends and opportunities.

Readers’ Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards 2015

Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.

Prepare for Impact

All global supply chains carry some element of risk, but working with third-party logistics providers, with transparency in full effect, can help you achieve the best risk management outcome.

Special Deliveries: Moving the Gargantuan, the Precious, and the Peculiar

When it comes to transporting the oversized, the awkward, the exotic, and the endangered, the secret to success is planning, planning, and more planning.

Retail Collaboration: It’s All in the Jeans

Work with a team of service providers to get a new retail distribution center up and running in only six months? We should all be so lucky.

Engineering Green DNA
Companies are breaking through functional silos to initiate sweeping sustainability mandates.

Cutting Costs While Delighting Customers
Cost reductions are uncovered from raw materials to end delivery, but companies must focus on its customers to keep them satisfied.

Global Logistics—June 2015

Middle East countries show signs of regional collaboration around transportation and logistics; China’s “red supply chain” threatens Taiwanese semiconductor industry; India looks to Korea as both a model and partner for its economic modernization program; U.S. fashion industry supports extension of African Growth & Opportunity Act; Cuba’s Port of Mariel attracts investment from CMA CGM; China looks to replicate U.S. rail freight model

Trends—June 2015

Short-term Highway Trust Fund extension renews call for national transportation strategy; Medical cost inflation and cyber risk are the most prying business concerns; Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach create shared working groups to explore operational efficiencies; GS1 Simple Product Listing creates new standard for e-commerce marketplace

It's Time for an Automotive Aftermarket Logistics Tuneup
Aftermarket parts providers must take advantage of innovations in the supply chain to remain competitive in today’s global market.

Benefits of Partial Truckload Shipping
Shippers should consider partial shipping when looking for faster transit times, less handling, and a more cost-effective solution.

Growing a Culture of Sustainability

Finding a common ground between cost and corporate social responsibility remains a challenging proposition – unless organizations nurture a culture of sustainability.

G75: Inbound Logistics' 75 Green Supply Chain Partners

These supply chain, logistics, and transportation companies lead the way in supporting sustainability.

Chemical Logistics: Keep it Moving, Keep it Safe

A look at logistics trends and challenges that affect companies in the chemical industries, and their strategies for dealing with those issues.

Improving the Warehouse Startup Process
Recent improvements in wireless cellular technology and mesh networks provide solutions that can be adapted for warehousing space, easing startup challenges and costs.

Building a Smarter Warehouse

Cloud computing, omnichannel management, and big data are the questions. Can your warehouse supply the answers?

3PLs Put Technology Front and Center

This story looks at the role technology plays in the value that various third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer to their shipper customers.

Using Technology to Maximize Value Chain Partnerships
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.

Freight Transport in Alaska: The Haul of the Wild

Challenging weather and a remote location make delivering freight to and from Alaska a complex operation. To simplify operations, many shippers turn to transportation companies and logistics service providers that have the expertise to make sure freight flows smoothly despite the complexities.

What is Globalization Doing to the World of Logistics?
Globalization has a dramatic impact on strategic sourcing, logistics excellence, and supply chain management. Here’s how your company can become a preferred employer in today’s global age.

Three Ways to Drill Down Costs in Oil & Gas Supply Chains
Here are three ways companies are optimizing their oil and gas supply chains and creating more predictable financial returns.

Unlocking the Hidden Green Value in Mobile Devices
A good reverse logistics program offers mobile device retailers and OEMs a world of opportunity.

Georgia: Super Hub of the Southeast

A look at the many logistics assets that make Georgia a terrific location for companies involved in manufacturing or distribution.

The Value of a Freight Forwarder
Freight forwarders provide value-added services beyond just transportation and logistics. Here's advice for choosing the right one for your business.

Site Selection & E-Commerce: Tapping Regional Excellence

E-commerce excellence and proximity to large population areas are the new drivers behind site selection for fulfillment centers.

The Kings of ACE

When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.

Leverage Data to Navigate Uncertain Times
Companies are seeking data to help them understand their supply chain networks, and strategic enterprise partners are providing the needed information to them through logistics.

Six Secrets to Controlling Supply Chain Costs Without Sacrificing Service
Saving a few bucks doesn’t always mean throwing the customer under the bus.

Regulatory Update: Playing by the Rules

Mark our words: Legislative and regulatory resolutions could spell trouble for shippers and carriers in 2015.

Medical Devices: A Tale of Two Countries

It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?

Building a Bridge to Continuous Improvement

Tired of relying on e-mail blasts to place freight, L.B. Foster ups its game with a third-party solution that has transformed the enterprise.

Reducing Freight Costs
As transportation prices rise, shippers are engaging in smart planning to reduce logistics costs.

Trends—December 2014

To mark SmartWay's 10th anniversary, several shipper partners share their best tactics for getting the most out of the program... Sourcing and procurement functions have become areas of core incompetency says new survey.

Customer Service: It’s the Thought That Counts

Technology is enabling an unprecedented level of transparency and communication to help shippers and their logistics providers understand each other's operations, and collaborate in ways that were much more difficult in the past.

Food Safety Modernization Act: Safe Travels

Smart shippers are already preparing and making changes to their supply chain operations to ensure they will be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act from day one.

Building an Effective Supply Chain Team

A successful supply chain team needs just the right mix of talent, skills, and personalities, not to mention a clear mission, the freedom to pursue it, and the structure to succeed.

3PL Partnerships Can Ease Burden on LATAM Manufacturers
Latin America is fast becoming the destination of choice for companies looking to expand their global footprint, and 3PLs with knowledge and regional expertise will be valuable partners.

Why Retailers Put Their Sleighbells on in May
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.

Understanding Capacity Constraints
The trucking industry faces capacity constraints, but there are solutions available to help shippers minimize the impact.

Star Search: Discovering the Best Site for Your Business

Determining the best location for a new or expanding business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace is challenging. These locations offer a number of advantages when it comes to meeting today’s logistics and supply chain needs.

Memphis: America’s Multimodal City

Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.

3PL Partnership Provides The Total Package

Intertape Polymer Group outsourced transportation to gain control of its diverse product line and protect profit margins.

Managing SKU Proliferation in the Beverage Industry
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.

3PL Evolution Continues
Third-party logistics services evolved to meet shippers' changing transportation, distribution, and warehousing needs.

3PL e-Volution Continues
Online retailers such as Amazon and eBay are expanding their offerings to provide their vendors with logistics support.

Trends—July 2014

State of Logistics Report predicts moderate growth for freight industry in 2014; freight brokerage M&A shakes up industry; FMCSA extends comment period for ELD rulemaking; Online consumers willing to pay more for sustainable delivery options; Shippers register growing discontent with parcel carriers and trucking companies; University of Kansas MSB program prepares active-duty military for private sector roles

The Evolution of Enterprise Logistics
Enterprise logistics providers are developing solutions that fuse data elements for insights that enable decisionmaking.

What is a True Integrated Logistics Services Partner and How Do You Find One?
Integrated Logistics Services providers address supply chain challenges facing shippers to improve logistics operations.

Casting Vets Into the Private Sector

Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.

The Mechanics of 3PL Partnerships

Partnerships between four shippers and their 3PLs demonstrate logistics outsourcing strategies.

Market Research: 3PL Perspectives 2014

Logistics market report reveals trends in 3PL offerings and shippers' logistics outsourcing strategies.

Readers’ Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards 2014

Readers select the third-party logistics providers that provide the best outsourced logistics services.

Fueling the Oil and Gas Supply Chain

Transporting and storing oil and gas products represents a complex challenge and big opportunity.

U.S.-Canada Trade: Getting a Line on Cross-Border Shipments

Cross-border import and export trade between the United States and Canada requires planning and expertise.

Does Your Website Help You Stand Out from Your Competition?
3PL websites should offer tools that offer shippers information they need, and make working with carriers easier.

Need Warehouse Capacity? Outsourcing Gives You an In
With warehouse capacity at a premium, shippers consult 3PLs to help locate shared space.

5 Steps to Revolutionize Your Corporate Culture
A strong corporate culture boosts productivity, improves service, and reduces workplace injuries and employee turnover.

Understanding the Auto Aftermarket Supply Chain
Auto aftermarket shippers use supplier ship direct programs and high-velocity DCs to meet demand.

Laying the Foundation For a Long-Term 3PL Partnership
A long-term vision allows a shipper-3PL partnership to make long-lasting improvements.

The Fundamentals of Successful Value Chain Partnerships
Supply chain partners must work together to maximize the benefit to their customers – and boost their own bottom line.

Keys to Developing Strong Supply Chain Partnerships
Supply chain partner collaboration improves supply chain performance, create capabilities, and increase efficiencies.

Cold Storage: Optimization by Degrees

Shippers rely on 3PLs and refrigerated public warehouses to invest in technology, implement standards, and facilitate strategic business process change to drive greater efficiencies.

Protecting High-Value Cargo: A Sense of Security

Shippers and logistics providers take extra precautions to protect high-value products from cargo theft.

Heading North: Navigating Alaska’s Supply Chain

Alaska’s extreme weather and geography create logistics challenges for shippers moving cargo to, from, and in the state.

How to Profit from Outsourcing
Outsourcing reverse logistics to a third-party logistics provider offers shippers flexibility and cost savings.

A Strategic Approach to Strengthening Supply Chains
Partnering with third-party logistics providers offers shippers numerous advantages for stronger supply chains.

Georgia: Logistics Sweet Spot

Georgia offers manufacturers and distributors superior access to logistics providers and transportation infrastructure.

E-Commerce DC Site Selection: Connecting the Dots

E-commerce retailers choose specialized distribution centers near parcel carrier hubs and transportation infrastructure.

Scaling Supply Chain Partnerships
Scaling your supply chain can trigger significant adjustments in your partnerships.

Managing Retail Returns: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Optimized reverse logistics processes provide a good customer experience and recover value from returned goods.

Cosmetics Logistics: The Beauty of an Optimized Supply Chain

Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.

163 Ways to Supercharge Your Supply Chain

Actionable tips help you revitalize your warehousing, 3PL, trucking, and global logistics operations.

Global Logistics—January 2014

Global dry-bulk commodity trade reveals rate growth, steadying inflation in China; Preparations for 2022 World Cup trigger DC explosion in Qatar; Supplier risk analysis will become more complex as companies expand into new global markets; Pakistani protests force U.S. military drawdown to consider $1 billion airfreight alternative; Asia truck bans taking toll on logistics industry; Africa’s piracy problem shifting to continent’s west coast; Trans-Pacific Partnership pact stalls, 2014 ratification expected; China’s Nicaraguan Canal stirs intrigue; Tesco acquires stake in “Asia’s Amazon”

Looking for One Logistics Partner That Does Everything with Excellence?
An enterprise logistics provider delivers holistic solutions that transform your business.

Know Thy Partner: Beyond C-TPAT
Knowing your global trading partners can help maintain a smooth flow of goods, while ensuring safety and security.

Controlling Costs in the Healthcare Supply Chain

Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.

Aerospace Logistics: Building for Growth

The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.

Perishable Logistics: Cold Chain on a Plane

Air cargo shipments of perishable goods such as produce, flowers, and seafood require careful handling.

Risk Mitigation: Supply Chain Safety Net

Shippers protect against supply chain disruptions with physical, analytical, and financial risk mitigation strategies.

FTZ Basics & Benefits

Foreign Trade Zones can help global shippers cut operational costs and speed customs clearance for imports and exports.

The New 3PL Partnership: More Bang for Your Buck
Third-party logistics providers are assuming a less transactional, more consultative role with shippers.

Cross-Border Trade: Made in Mexico

U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.

Cargo Security: Protecting the Supply Chain

Ensuring supply chain security requires that shippers and logistics providers stay one step ahead of thieves.

Materials Handling Meets Big Data

Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.

Customer Service: Delivering the Royal Treatment

As evolving retail models push shopper expectations, companies explore new models for delivering great customer service.

Plugging Multiple Brands Into Multiple Channels

Geodis Wilson helps integrated design technology company Dana Innovations expand its international supply chain.

Using SmartWay Data to Inform Transportation Purchasing Decisions
SmartWay data allows shippers and 3PLs to make business decisions that support their sustainability goals.

Vendor Compliance: Setting Them Straight

Drive out inefficiencies and boost customer service by aligning with vendors to meet your supply chain goals.

Event Logistics: On With the Show

Event logistics planners coordinate details to ensure precise requirements and deadlines are met.

How Will the Affordable Care Act Impact Shippers?
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.

Technology Supports 3PL-Carrier Partnerships
Freight management technology strengthens partnerships between third-party logistics (3PL) providers and carriers.

Business Process Improvement? Flexibility.
Flexible 3PLs drive business process improvements for shippers.

Finding Supply Chain Feng Shui
Outsourcing transportation and logistics to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) blends function and flexibility into a supply chain feng shui.

3PLs Can Provide Soft Cost Savings for Small Businesses
Logistics providers can help shippers save money through decreased labor, lower overhead, and technology tools.

Supply Chain Remodeling

Four companies worked with 3PLs to make over their logistics operations, so they could meet evolving business demands.

2013 3PL Perspectives: Drafting a Blueprint for Growth
A logistics and supply chain market research survey reveal trends and insights about the third-party logistics sector.

Readers’ Choice: Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards 2013
Inbound Logistics readers' choices for the best third party logistics providers.

Temperature-controlled Logistics: Cool Under Pressure

Perishable shipments such as produce and pharmaceuticals require temperature monitoring and careful handling.

TMS or 3PL: Which Suits Your Business Best?
Shippers’ needs dictate if a third party logistics provider or transportation management system is the best choice.

Outsourcing for Optimum Supply Chain Effectiveness

For chemical logistics providers, safety on the truck and in the warehouse is of paramount importance.

We Need Jobs…Let’s Raise Taxes?
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.

Site Selection: The Rise of Intermodal

Transporting goods via truck and rail services offers shippers economy and efficiency benefits. Site selection teams evaluating intermodal sites also consider factors such as labor, transportation infrastructure, and utility costs.

E-Fulfillment Strategies That Deliver the Goods

This story examines what customers want in an e-commerce operation and shares fulfillment strategies that merchants use to keep those customers happy.

8 Ways to Strengthen Online Retailer Supply Chains
Monitoring contracts, delivery commitments, and contingency plans helps online retailers keep their supply chains running smoothly, writes John Haber of Spend Management Experts.

Assessing Your Provider’s Financial Stability
Danny Monson of States Logistics Services Inc. offers tips to help shippers confirm a logistics service provider is financially stable before signing a logistics service contract.

6 Secrets to Finding the Right 3PL
Finding a third-party logistics (3PL) provider you can count on requires due diligence into performance history and resources, writes Kyle tGholston of Conexus.

Outsourcing for Newbies, and a Refresher for All
To preserve working capital and promote flexibility, many companies choose to leverage the capabilities of a third-party-logistics (3PL) provider for carrier spend, facility occupancy, and more, writes John Wagner Jr. of Wagner Logistics.

Using Strategic Acquisitions to Satisfy Your Customer Base
Shippers want 3PL partners that not only responsively evolve service networks and capabilities to flex with the market, but also can anticipate and be ready to meet future service requirements, writes Ray Greer of BNSF Logistics.

Is Your 3PL Financially Healthy?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Conduct a financial checkup of your potential 3PL partners before you sign the contract.

How to Foster a Long-Term 3PL Partnership

The value of third-party logistics (3PL) provider partnerships grows infinitely greater when shippers take a long-term approach that focuses on sustainable gains rather than short-term savings.

Emily Ross: Good Blood

As senior supply chain manager at blood management devices manufacturer Haemonetics Corporation, Emily Ross monitors the pulse of the company’s transportation and warehousing services sourcing.

You Are Everywhere: Mapping the New Retail Supply Chain

Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.

3PL Partnerships: From Tactical to Strategic
If shippers use their third-party logistics partners for more than brokerage—not just as tactical providers, but as strategic partners—a whole new world of logistics excellence and accomplishments could open up, writes Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo.

3PL Partnerships: From Transactions to Trust
Increasingly, 3PLs and shippers are working much more collaboratively, often sharing pains and gains, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.

Great Partnerships: 3PLs and Shippers

Many companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Ebro, and USG Corporation, are moving beyond the traditional, transactional shipper-3PL relationship to form collaborative partnerships focused on mutual gain.

3PL Perspectives 2012: Shippers and 3PLs—Perfect Together

Inbound Logistics’ eighth-annual 3PL market research report demonstrates how 3PLs and shippers are connecting to confront existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.

Readers’ Choice: Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards 2012

Inbound Logistics' readers voted on the third-party logistics providers (3PLs) that give them the best service and deliver outstanding results. Here is the list of top-rated 3PLs.

3PLs Control Loads to Provide Shippers Superior Service
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can inspire shipper confidence by using technology tools to control loads and properly insuring their loads.

Supply Chain Control Towers Offer a Bird’s-Eye View
Companies are increasingly realizing that supply chain must become a core competency. Adding a supply chain control tower and taking on the fourth-party logistics (4PL) role offers them the ability to accelerate collaboration and achieve higher performance levels.

Gaining More From 3PL Relationships
Getting your money’s worth from third-party logistics (3PL) service providers? requires willingness to commit to key relationships, according to these tips from supply chain consultant Valerie Bonebrake, Tompkins International.

3PLs: Going Beyond Savings to True Value
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers offer shippers a variety of beneficial supply chain services, writes Dan Lockwood of Unishippers Global.

Trends—December 2011

C.H. Robinson and Menlo Logistics Worldwide streamline managed TMS services; Ohio, Wisconsin, and California transportation legislation; GE opens renewable energy DC; Order fulfillment process grows in complexity

How to Evaluate a 3PL Partner

Shippers, carriers, and small intermediaries that rely on third-party logistics (3PL) service providers to manage non-core logistics and supply functions, access capacity, and tap technology capabilities must review 3PL performance periodically to ensure quality service.

The Bright Side of Logistics in India

There is more to India’s supply chain scene than its shortcomings. APL Logistics’ David Frentzel shares insights from a recent tour of his company’s Indian facilities and meetings with shippers.

Enjoying the Perks of 3PL Order Management
Viewing order management as an opportunity to add value ensures that 3PLs act as a partner that adds real revenue-side value, and not just another vendor, writes Clyde Mount, 3PL Worldwide.

Using a 3PL: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?
Shippers that use only the transactional solutions offered by their 3PL partners are missing the opportunity to benefit from advanced logistics solutions and expertise they helped pay to initiate, implement, and build-out, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.

Close Encounters of the Third-Party Kind 
Editor Felecia Stratton describes the highlights of the July 2011 issue, which documents the many ways 3PLs of all shapes and sizes are moving the outsourcing needle in different directions.

3PL Capability is Key to Logistics Cost Reduction 
Capable third-party logistics (3PL) providers can help you manage rising logistics costs because they have highly developed processes and critical infrastructures in place, writes Brad Constantini, Comprehensive Logistics.

3PLs Save the Day

Just when a shipper needs help most, in steps a partner with super powers. These three case studies show how third-party logistics providers can swoop in to solve problems for shippers.

3PL Perspectives 2011: The Power of Three

Inbound Logistics' annual 3PL market research report reveals how the dynamic duo of shippers and 3PLs are responding to changing forces in the outsourcing industry.

Readers' Choice: Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards 2011
Responding to our annual Readers' Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence survey, Inbound Logistics readers voted on the best third-party logistics providers and related the ways in which they count on their 3PLs.

Does Size Matter? Tier II 3PLs Find Their Niche

3PLs, like shippers, come in many shapes and sizes. The "not-too-big and not-too-small" size of Tier II 3PLs makes them just right for many shippers.

Does Your 3PL Provide ‘Golden Rule’ Customer Service?
John Rodeheffer of Zipline Logistics outlines how to find a 3PL that delivers "Golden Rule" customer service: who treat others as they want to be treated, with honest and transparent communication.

New Kids in Town: 3PLs Move Into the TMS Market

Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are bringing transportation management systems (TMS) to market.

A New Day Dawns for 3PL Partnerships

Most logistics outsourcers today use an RFQ to select their 3PLs. But that model is outdated and ineffective. A handful of forward-thinking shippers and logistics providers are instead embracing a collaborative outsourcing method, with powerful results.

Balancing Shipper and Carrier Interests
The new world of supply chain management requires that carriers and shippers both understand and respect the economics of the industry.

White Glove Services: Ask for What You Need
Jerry Levy of Specialized Transportation Inc. explains how to get the best service from white-glove logistics providers.

Achieving Competitive Advantage: How the Right 3PL Partner Can Help You Dominate Your Market
Chris Baltz of Transportation Insight explains how the right 3PL partner can help you achieve competitive advantage and dominate your market.

Protect Your Supply Chain From Merger Mania
Third-party logistics provider mergers can disrupt shippers' supply chain performance. Brad Constantini of Comprehensive Logistics Inc. suggests strategies for preventing these problems.

4PLs Take Control

4PLs guide transportation operations, manage product flow, and sometimes help avert disaster.

Supply Chain Gain: Call In the Experts

Outsource your way to a more efficient supply chain by selecting a knowledgeable and resourceful third-party logistics provider.

Certifiable Results

Logistics service providers are eligible for a range of certifications, such as C-TPAT, SmartWay, FAST, and IATA. But what they must do to qualify, and why should these certifications matter to shippers?

Auto Logistics: Revving Up Service Parts Logistics Operations

Ford revamped its service parts network, processes, and technologies to boost efficiency and set the stage for global service parts logistics management.

The Shipper’s Guide to Project Logistics

Handling oversized cargo requires a special touch. Here's how to find a project logistics provider with the know-how to get the job done right.

Managing a Customer-Driven Supply Chain

Logistics providers who work to understand shippers' needs help create customer service success, as illustrated by case studies involving Pep Boys, McCain Foods, and USG Corporation.

CSCMP Annual Conference: Can We Talk?

Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.

How to Ship to Alaska

The key to successful shipping in Alaska is to partner with a transportation provider that knows how to manage Alaska’s many obstacles.

Logistics Outsourcing: An Active Culture at Dannon

Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.

Gaining Alignment With Your 3PL is Key to Supply Chain Success
Duane Sizemore of Total Logistic Control discusses how companies can build better relationships with third-party logistics providers through measurement, monitoring, and rewards.

3PL Partnerships: Finding Your Better Half
Robert Russo of Port Jersey Logistics explains how to choose the best third-party logistics provider for your company.

Great Logistics Sites: Supply Chain Central

Here is a look at the attributes that rank high on the list for any company seeking a location for supply chain activities.

Integrate Contract Packaging Into Distribution Operations to Cut Costs by 30%
By integrating contract packaging into distribution operations, companies can cut costs by 30 percent.

Memphis: America’s Aerotropolis

Geography, transportation infrastructure, and a strong distribution sector make Memphis a natural logistics hub.

Capitalizing on Mexico’s Economic Growth
Jose Fernando Nava, president, DHL Supply Chain, Latin America shows shippers how to capitalize on Mexico's attraction as a growing consumer market.

Gemma Fillmore: Supply Chain Advocate

To improve supply chain performance at Medco Health Solutions, Gemma Fillmore focuses on getting C-level executives to give logistics issues the attention they deserve.

Locating a Global Distribution Hub
10 tips for what companies should consider when locating and choosing a global distribution hub.

Collaborative Distribution Eases the Capacity Crunch
Small and mid-sized manufacturers lack the scale to ship in full truckloads, creating thousands of separate, inefficient lines of supply—all moving to the same mass retailers. Collaborative distribution reduces the number of trucks on the road and cuts distribution costs.

Consumer Packaged Goods: Lightening the Load

Here's the story of one consumer product, starting with its origin as a variety of inbound ingredients and following its progress from plant to warehouse to retail store.

Oversized Shipments: Good to Grow
Ike Ortiz-Luis of DGX-Dependable Global Express explains how to navigate oversized cargo's specialized needs, from transportation requirements to project financing.

Your Guide to Routing Guides

Retailers publish routing guides to establish rules for manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to follow when fulfilling and shipping orders. Here are the benefits of establishing a routing guide.

Lean Six Sigma: Leaning by Degrees

Lean Six Sigma enablers and practitioners are using continuous improvement methodologies to squeeze cost and inefficiency out of the supply chain.

What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate
A failure to communicate is the primary reason that 3PL relationships fall apart, according to Inbound Logistics' annual third-party logistics survey.

Value Added Services Bring Flexibility to the Supply Chain

A new wave of demand for value-added services requires more capabilities of retail vendors and their logistics providers.

The Top 10 3PL Excellence Awards
Inbound Logistics readers select the top third-party logistics (3PL) providers.

3PL Perspectives 2010: A Paradox Bound by Demand
Inbound Logistics' exclusive market research compiles shipper and 3PL input to illustrate the outsourcing sector's rapidly changing dynamics.

Trends—July 2010

21st annual State of Logistics Report: Beating the Recession; Making dollars and Sense out of Jabulanis and Vuvuzelas; Mergers and Acquisitions Show signs of Recovery

Tying the 3PL Knot

Shippers and service providers discuss their experience building a strong working relationship.

Are You Talkin’ to Me?
To be successful, a close relationship between third-party logistics providers and their shipper customers requires a great deal of communication.

Freight Forwarders: The Vital Link in Logistics Communication
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.

Keeping Surprises Out Of The Warehouse

Warehousing risks can spring out at any moment. Some are meant to be shared, others avoided. Successful warehousing operations strike a balance.

Why You Should Vest With Your Outsourcing Partners, Now!
Vested outsourcing yields innovative logistics relationships that deliver results, writes Kate Vitasek of the University of Tennessee's Center for Executive Education.

Giving Intermodal the Green Light
A combined truck-and-rail transport approach cuts costs and offers environmental benefits, writes John Patton of Trinity Transport Inc.

Building Better 3PL Relationships
Third-party logistics providers can provide capacity, expertise, technology, and buying power. Chip Smith, president of CS Advisory Group, discusses how to ensure you're getting the most from your 3PL.

Today’s Warehouse Plays a New Role
Shared space environments, secondary packaging services, and reimagined cross-docking functions are helping manufacturers get more value from warehousing providers. Cliff Otto, president of Saddle Creek, outlines the benefits.

Green Reverse Logistics Brings Many Happy Returns

Companies that combine the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra with the supply chain wisdom of managing costs and stamping out inefficiencies are developing reverse supply chains that help the Earth, the customer, and the bottom line.

It's Time to Start Looking at the Future and Preparing for the Long Haul
As truckload prices starting to rise, more shippers are choosing stability over short-term cost advantages, writes Jerry DeMeuse of Schneider Logistics.

Is Your 3PL a Brand Builder?


Choosing and Using a Freight Forwarder


Defining the Ideal Pacific Rim Warehouse


Learning to Play by New Rules: Managing Logistics Through the Recession


Mission-Critical Service Parts Logistics: Making the Impossible Possible


Offshoring vs. Right-shoring: How to Decide


Brokering Change


Why You Don't Want an Obedient 3PL


Cultivating Healthy Carrier Relationships


Incoterms Let Importers Control Their Destiny

Choosing a 3PL: Safety First


Logistics Managers Earn Job Security


Managing the Mess on the High Seas


Co-Sourcing: Two Companies Acting As One


Six Essential Strategies for Selecting a Global 3PL

Take a Deep Breath Before Diving Into Global Outsourcing


Shortcuts Sound Appealing, But at What Cost?


The Seven Abilities of Highly Effective 3PLs


First-Time Outsourcers Can Keep Customers Happy


Last Mile Logistics: Key to Competing in the Retail Race


Freight Payment: Getting Back to Basics

Premium Freight Makes JIT Fit

Minimize Total Landed Cost: Strategize, Model, Act

Selecting a Logistics Supplier? Think Supple

3PLs Deliver on the Global Promise

The Five Inventories: Invisible to Customers, Crucial to the Bottom Line

Premium Freight: Costly Expense or Strategic Initiative?

8 Steps to Protecting Against Parcel Fraud

5 Best Practices to Boost Import Efficiency

It's Capacity Crunch Time. Can Multi-Shipper Collaboration Help?

Mission Possible: Expand Business Without Adding DCs

Service Parts & Logistics: Should You In-source or Outsource?

Optimize Your Transportation Program for Greater Efficiency

Outsourced Manufacturing Changes the Face of 3PLs

The Logistics of Doing Business in China

Knowing What and When to Outsource

Penetrating the U.S. Market With No Warehousing Investment

Please Don't Squeeze the 3PL

Pulling the Profit Lever of Spare Parts Logistics

Becoming Truly Global: 3PLs Face New Challenges

Retailers Take Outsourcing to the Next Level

Six Ways to Grow in a Down Economy

What's Next in Outsourcing's Evolution?

Orchestrating Successful Product Launches

Riding Outsourcing Waves: Hang Five to Thrive

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