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Alex Stark | November 21, 2016

Set 3PL Contract Length to Allow Investment

Let’s say you’re a homeowner and you’re considering replacing all the windows in your house. They’re not the worst windows, but there are definitely gaps that allow heat to escape, and your energy bills to rise. You read up on the ROI of re...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Alex Stark | June 30, 2016

3PL Advantages: Is Bigger Really Better?

For shippers researching 3PL advantages and wondering how to get the most value from a 3PL relationship, one issue that comes up is the size of the provider. Do companies want the size and scale of a larger 3PL or the agility and focus of a...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Great 3PL Customer

This quick-read eBook lists 12 best practices designed to elicit greatness from your 3PL.


Safety In Logistics Operations

4 strategies to turn safety from a compliance-driven chore to a profit-driving opportunity.

Alex Stark | June 02, 2016

3PL Management: Getting the Most from Logistics Partners

The success of your logistics outsourcing relationships depends on good 3PL management. That’s right, the things YOU, as the shipper, do or don’t do directly impact 3PL performance and the return you realize on outsourcing relationships.
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Alex Stark | May 12, 2016

Logistics Outsourcing: How Close Are You to Your 3PL?

In logistics outsourcing, how close should you be with your third party logistics provider (3PL)? How much information should you share? The answers to these questions say a lot about your attitude toward outsourcing.
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Alex Stark | February 18, 2016

The Role of Culture in the 3PL Selection Process

One of the primary barriers to outsourcing logistics is a concern about the attitude that 3PL staff will bring to the relationship. Even at companies that do rely on 3PL partners, there remains a lingering sense that “these are workers for ...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Alex Stark | January 28, 2016

10 Tips to Maximize 3PL Benefits

Companies that outsource logistics to a third party logistics provider (3PL) certainly want to maximize 3PL benefits. Ironically, the success or failure of a relationship has as much, or more, to do with the actions of the CUSTOMER as the 3...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Mike Gardner | January 14, 2016

Are Mid-Tier 3PLs Still Relevant?

Recent M&A activity in the logistics services space has made large, global 3PLs even larger, absorbing smaller providers in the process. This trend, combined with the increasing tendency among shippers to consolidate 3PL partners, begs ...
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing

Alex Stark | December 03, 2015

Logistics M&A Activity: Where Does the Customer Fit?

Trees grow in two ways: up and down. We see the up – the branches and the leaves. We don’t see the down and how the roots, like the tree limbs, become larger and more expansive through the years.
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Topics: 3PL Outsourcing