Key Findings

Welcome to the 21st Annual 3rd Party Logistics Study. This report identifies trends and explores how both 3PLs and shippers are working together to improve and enhance their businesses and supply chains. This year’s report explores the following topics:

  • Current State of the Market: Explores trends in shippers’ use of outsourced logistics services and the dynamics of 3PL-shipper relationship.
  • Special Focus Topics: An in-depth view of the survey and research responses across key areas for this year’s study.
    • Logistics Service Providers: Decision Time
    • 3PL Roles in Supply Chain Transformation
    • Utilizing Big Data and Analytics
    • End-of-Life Supply Chain
  • Strategic Assessment: A brief look at four new topics that arose from the research, interviews, and workshops:
    • Change Management
    • The Food and Beverage Sector
    • Digitizing the Truck
    • The Effect of the Brexit on Supply Chain