A good third-party logistics provider can be your ace in the hole to keep supply chain operations running straight and your bottom line flush.
Thirty years ago, the value-add many third party logistics (3PLs) providers offered included simple warehousing and freight transportation services. Even from as recently as the 1990s, most shippers expected 3PLs to move their goods from Point A to Point B. Their main concerns were competitive prices, available capacity, and good service. The process wasn’t integrated to any system. “Logistics was an afterthought,” says Brian Winshall, executive vice president of business development with AFN, a logistics firm based in Niles, Ill.