The SearchManufacturingERP.com IT Challenge of the Month for October 2011:
My organization is currently looking into third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to manage our shipping and logistics. We have facilities across the globe; should we plan to hire multiple 3PL providers, or is it better to stick with one 3PL for all transportation needs?
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From industry expert Steve Phillips:
Unless your distribution center operations are decentralized across the globe, or one firm cannot provide the required coverage, I would not introduce unnecessary complexity by using multiple 3PLs.