- Report Details: This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet and income statement data for the period of 2000-2012 and interactions with clients in the 3PL industry in supply chain strategy engagements.
- Objective: To use financial balance sheet and income statement data coupled with recent research to better understand the state of third party logistics providers in the global supply chain environment.
- Hypothesis: Third party logistics (3PL) providers play a critical role in the supply chain environment but have struggled with low growth and tight margins exacerbated by the Great Recession. By focusing on strategy and more collaborative relationships with clients, 3PLs could drive improvement in several critical financial metrics as well as build a more resilient business for the next economic downturn.
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