December 22, 2016 News

The Evolving Role of Shippers and Logistics Providers in 2017

Logistics providers will play an increasingly important role in 2017.

Logistics providers will play an increasingly important role in 2017.

Findings from the 2017 Third-Party Logistics Study suggest that rapid change is adding complexity to the roles of shippers and logistics providers. Researchers report that many 3PL service providers have evolved into collaborative partners that offer increased capabilities and take on greater accountability and control. As many as 91 percent of 3PL users reported positive results from their relationship this year, up from 88 percent in 2012.

Creating Value Throughout the Supply Chain

The 2017 study showed that partnerships between shippers and 3PL providers has contributed significantly to overall logistics cost reductions, improved customer service, and new and innovative ways to improve logistic effectiveness. Shippers are increasingly taking advantage of logistic provider’s expertise, especially for strategic and customer-facing activities.

Providing a Competitive Advantage

To accommodate the needs of shippers seeking a competitive advantage, 3PLs are increasingly playing an important role in the transformation of supply chains. This year’s survey showed that 73 percent of shippers indicated a need for 3PLs for processes related to supply chain transformation. Continuous improvement is a priority for shippers, along with innovative ideas to reduce costs, enhance service and improve management of complex supply chains.

Invest in the New Year with AFP Global Logistics

AFP Global Logistics can help your business stay ahead of the curve in the new year. Our logistics experts will work closely with you to find solutions that can maximize efficiency in a rapidly changing landscape. By choosing AFP Global as your 3PL provider, you can streamline your supply chain while focusing on the parts of your business that can’t be outsourced. If you’re looking to improve your operations in the new year, logistics solutions from AFP Global Logistics are a worthwhile investment.

AFP Global Logistics

For the highest-quality logistics handling experience that will be customized to the unique needs of your business, AFP Global Logistics is the best and only choice! We offer a comprehensive range of shipping services, and our 25 years of experience in the business have given us the tools we need to create personalized logistic solutions for each and every individual customer. For more information or to start designing your own logistic solutions today, get in touch with AFP Global Logistics at 410.590.1234 (toll-free 800.274.1237), email us at, or fill out our quick and easy contact form here!

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