Key Findings

Welcome to the 18th 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.
    • Big Data
    • Preferential Sourcing
    • Smart Growth
    • Shipper-3PL Relationships
  • Strategic Assessment: A brief look at four new topics that arose from the research, interviews, and workshops:
    • Balancing the Bid Process
    • Exploring the Risks/Rewards of Africa
    • Opportunities in Omni-Channel
    • New Thinking on 3PL Talent