There’s no shortage of challenges for global third-party logistics providers. Market volatility — from Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and imminent recession, to China’s potential hard landing after years of breakneck growth and the geopolitical threat in the Middle East — will no doubt be part of the logistics anatomy in the foreseeable future.
It’s a volatility familiar to today’s most successful 3PLs that have demonstrated a resilience to severe market forces and, indeed, grown in spite of — or perhaps because of — it. It’s a resilience born of innovation and reinvention, in scope of services, use of technology and reinvestment.
It is, as the JOC noted in its Global Logistics Focus last September, a matter of 3PLs evolving from what they were — providers of fixed services to single parties — to what they are today: purveyors of information-based supply chain management services across global networks of interconnected partners.
It’s an evolution that in 2010 generated $541.6 billion in global logistics revenue, according to industry research and consulting firm Armstrong & Associates, and an estimated $141.2 billion in the U.S. alone in 2011.
More than 300 3PLs providing those services appear in this directory, which is managed by Armstrong. Don’t see your 3PL and think you should be listed when the guide next appears in September? Please visit www.3plogistics.com/guide_candidate.htm.
Data (PDF): 2012 3PL Directory.