A sputtering U.S. economy. Rising costs in China. The eurozone crisis. Shifting sourcing patterns. An ever-more-rigorous regulatory environment. When it comes to providing logistics services, there are no shortages of challenges.
But where there is challenge, there also is opportunity, and that’s certainly the case for major third-party logistics providers.
The key, of course, is the flexibility to adapt to continuously changing markets. So when labor costs rise in China, the most adept 3PLs develop solutions to help manufacturers determine where they should turn next: other emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia or India — the other three countries making up the BRIC upstarts — Mexico or Southeast Asia?
Data (PDF): Top 40 Container 3PL Services Directory .
3PLs are accustomed to the volatility that comes with economic uncertainty in a trading world built around security and sustainability. The most successful have evolved from being suppliers of services to single customers to providers of information-based supply chain management services across global networks of interconnected partners.
It’s an evolution that has steeled the industry against the economic instability that has ravaged other segments of freight transportation and created a $550 billion global juggernaut, according to research analyst and consultant Armstrong & Associates.
The 2012 directory, which is managed by Armstrong, features nearly 350 providers of 3PL services in every region of the world. Don’t see your 3PL and think you should be listed when the directory next appears in February? Please visit www.3plogistics.com/guide_candidate.htm and submit your request.