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Collaborative Outsourcing: An additive approach to logistics outsourcing

Through a C.H. Robinson Collaborative Outsourcing® relationship, you can add the resources and integrated services to your organization that will help drive desired outcomes. C.H. Robinson's logistics experts work with you, listening to your challenges, examining processes, and configuring our comprehensive menu of logistics services into an outsource relationship that is built around your key operational and financial metrics. You obtain consistent engagement, commitment, trust, and collaboration to proactively solve problems and achieve immediate and sustained outcomes. Collaborative Outsourcing with C.H. Robinson enhances the value of logistics to your business and your customers' experiences, and drives innovation and continuous improvement throughout your supply chain.

5 common factors that lead companies to consider outsourcing

  1. Desire for more hard and soft cost savings. More and more companies realize that long term, it is unsustainable to continuously drive out only hard dollar savings from a supply chain. Once hard dollar savings have been removed, the focus can shift to soft dollar savings and cost avoidance that occur through process improvement, visibility, and analysis.
  2. Logistics is core to brand reputation, but there is insufficient technology and/or resources to gain a competitive advantage. Shippers may choose to outsource logistics management or execution of tactical, day-to-day execution, allowing the company's staff to pursue more strategic and value-centric assignments. Outsourcing can add specific capabilities to complement the company's own expertise, particularly if the outsource provider has a deep client roster and a wealth of best practices at its disposal, and if they have faced and solved many of the transportation challenges that confront shippers today, or that will emerge in the future.
  3. Need for an agile, scalable supply chain solution that can accommodate rapid growth through merger or acquisition, new products, or new markets. Companies may need to outsource the analysis—and execution—of these opportunities to a provider with an extensive, worldwide network of capacity and global technology. Outsourcing to a provider can quickly enable disparate organizations to come together under a unified infrastructure.
  4. Adding headcount isn't an option, or finding the right talent is proving challenging. Some companies decide to outsource, rather than hire their own employees. This variable cost strategy leverages the outsource provider's talent, procurement strategy, and technology. In-house staff can collaborate with and learn from the provider's experience and deep knowledge of industry best practices to help drive innovation, productivity, and savings—without adding fixed costs.
  5. Need best-in-class technology, but can't afford a significant capital outlay. Some outsourcing providers can add the latest global transportation technology to help the company obtain fast deployment and visibility to shipments worldwide, across all forms of transportation. In addition to the technology itself, companies can outsource to obtain highly trained experts who know how to derive the greatest value from the transportation management system (TMS) and can configure it to fit the organization's needs.

Connect with a local logistics expert to learn more about Collaborative Outsourcing.