2018 Third-Party Logistics Study

The State of Logistics Outsourcing

Results and Findings of the 22nd Annual Study

Evolution of Planning Capabilities in the Enterprise

The 2018 22nd Annual Third Party Logistics Study shows a continuation of positive relationships between shippers and their 3PL providers.  3PLs are investing in new technologies, which allows them to provide more strategic and innovative services.  This has led to greater logistics effectiveness and improved consumer experience.

Integrated Business Planning Maturity Model

3PLs are investing in new technologies, which allows them to provide more strategic and innovative services. This has led to greater logistics effectiveness and improved consumer experience.

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.

  • Blockchain for Supply Chain
  • Automation and Digitization in Logistics
  • Risk & Resilience in Shipper-3PL Relationships
  • Logistics Talent Revolution

Contemporary Issues: A brief look at four new topics that arose from the research, interviews, and workshops:

  • Third-Party Logistics Use in China
  • Meeting Consumer Needs While Managing Supply Chain Costs
  • The Role of Supply Chain in Humanitarian Efforts
  • Greening of the Supply Chain

Robotic Process Automation

Putting artificial intelligence to work in the insurance industry

From Digital Experimentation to Digital Transformation

Managing the duality of new digital offerings and renewal of legacy products