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5 Strategies for Successfully Outsourcing Shipping Logistics

Successful Logistics Outsource

Often in my work in the C.H. Robinson Green Bay office, customers will ask us how they can improve the odds that their logistics outsource will be a success. Over the 15 years this office has been open, I have developed expertise in how to best outsource businesses’ logistics. In this post, I outline five key tactics you should follow to ensure your outsourcing is smooth and successful.
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5 Supply Chain Logistics Outsourcing Myths

Myth-Busting Logistics Outsourcing

Logistics Outsourcing

What is Logistics Outsourcing? 

Logistics outsourcing is using an external supplier (3PL or 4PL) for logistics services a company cannot provide sufficiently themselves. Companies choose to outsource to save money long term, to achieve greater customer service, to achieve flexibility and scalability, to utilize advanced logistics technology, and to gain industry relationships.

Choosing to outsource logistics should be a strategic, carefully-made decision. Here, we have laid out five common logistics outsourcing myths and debunked them to give you a clear picture of what it is really like.

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What if Your Supply Chain was Your Competitive Advantage?

What if Your Supply Chain was Your Competitive Advantage?

Accelerate your Advantage

Your supply chain is getting the job done, but is it giving your company a competitive advantage? The global marketplace gives customers a plethora of choices, and that means that the competition is fierce. Every part of your business needs to pull its weight to drive overall success, including your supply chain. Whether you ship product locally or across the globe, your supply chain does more than move product from point A to point B. It’s a vital piece of your business. What if your supply chain was your competitive advantage?
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The Importance of Change Management to a Successful Transportation Management Outsource

Transportation ManagementTransportation Management

Editor’s Note: In May, Jay Freeman contributed a blog post for Connect. We’re sharing his original post here because transportation management is always a relevant topic. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, The Importance of Change Management to a Successful Transportation Management Outsource.

To fully leverage the benefits of outsourcing transportation management, build a good change management framework, minimize implementation challenges, and plan for the future. » Read More

What Does Your Global Supply Chain Look Like From 30,000 Feet? Map It

What Does Your Global Supply Chain Look Like From 30,000 Feet? Map It

Supply Chain Mapping

Start wide, go narrow. It’s a good rule for a new outsourcing provider to follow, just as it is for real life. For instance, say I met a man from India at a conference in Europe, and he asked where I was from. I wouldn’t say “Minneapolis” right away. I would say the United States, then Minnesota; if he knew where the state was, I might add the city, Minneapolis. With each clarification, he can better envision exactly where I live, in relationship to the country overall. » Read More

11 Reasons Why Creating a Joint Scorecard Can Improve an Outsourced Relationship

Joint Scorecard

Editor’s Note: Earlier in 2013, David Lee contributed a blog post for TMC. We’re sharing his original post here because transportation management discussions are always relevant topics. Please share your thoughts and read the blog post, 11 Reasons Why Creating a Joint Scorecard Can Improve an Outsourced Relationship.

You’ve partnered with a third party for freight management services and over time have started to wonder whether the provider is continuing to deliver value.  The benefits of the relationship are no longer clear cut, so now what? » Read More

Guest Post: 4 Questions Before Investing in a Transportation Management Solution

Investing in a TMS

Managing transportation—the ebb and flow of rates, capacity, fuel and regulations—is an ongoing challenge for many companies, especially those still using spreadsheets and fax machines to plan and execute shipments. At some point, usually when costs are out of control or service levels are heading south, companies finally make the decision to invest in a transportation management system (TMS) or outsource all or part of their transportation operations to a third party. » Read More

Network Modeling: Balancing the Tradeoffs: Part 2

Network Design

When many customers are considering a network modeling exercise to save money, they often ask this question first:  “Where should my warehouses be, and how many do I need?” Like so many other things in life that are worth doing, it’s not as simple as that. Because if you don’t follow a process that analyzes the tradeoffs, you could end up increasing your costs instead of decreasing them. » Read More

Signs That It’s Time for a Network Modeling Exercise: Part 1

Network Design

When should you do a network modeling exercise? If you’ve only optimized your outbound network, you’ve hit the first trigger, since network modeling is crucial for inbound efficiency, too. Beyond this, you can watch for these signals that your network’s time has come. » Read More