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Annual State of Logistics Outsourcing


Cap Gemini, Penn State University, Korn Ferry, Eyefortransport and Penske have sponsored this 18th annual “State of Logistics Outsourcing” study. I commend the study to you.

The report highlights the healthy relationship that exists between manufacturers and providers. Shippers indicated an average logistics cost reduction of 11% and a general satisfaction with outsourcing.

There is both good and bad news in the report for 3PL’s. 55% of shippers select 3PL’s based on their ability to provide continuous improvement, 49% look for experience in the shipper’s vertical.

42% see established and ongoing relationships as important selection criteria. Interestingly, many shippers are moving more to contract bids and shorter contract periods to leverage competition among 3PL’s which is at odds with the notion of ‘relationships’.

Leadership is also seen as vital and shippers will, increasingly, look to the quality of the leaders in a 3PL operation in making selection decisions.

As it has been the case for many years, IT capabilities continue to be at the forefront when making selection decisions. The study states:

“…. our research also finds that 3PL IT capabilities are becoming increasingly important to shippers ….”

Visibility and connectivity are required attributes of today’s supply chain partners and your systems will come under greater scrutiny than ever.

As a 3PL this report will provide a wealth of intelligence and allow you to strategically position yourself to retain and grow your business. The report can be found here.




Best Regards,                    

 Geoff Hukins

 Executive Director | Argos Software

 IWLA Board Member


3PLs face slowing growth in 2014!

Portrait of the 3PL Market

How have your operations emerged from 2013?
A recent article from Richard Armstrong – chairman & CEO of supply chain research and consulting firm Armstrong & Associates – has revealed major trends for 2014 and offers a first-hand look into the state of today’s logistics operations: 
  • Globally the 3PL market has grown to $704 billion
  • 36 % of the market is located in Asia-Pacific
  • North American market represents 25%
  • Domestic transportation management has been very successful: managers have developed efficient models such as separating carrier capacity procurement from sales management
  • Market growth in 2014 should be in the 5% range

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Best Regards,                    

 Geoff Hukins

 Executive Director | Argos Software

 IWLA Board Member

Write your own RFP!


Create Your Own RFP

Like any other WMS vendor I see a lot of RFP’s. Some were written by consultants, some were written by other vendors and some are home grown.

Rarely do they reflect the real requirements of the business. Some, a very small number, reflect the efforts of a company to address their own requirements in an effort to reduce the number of systems they need to consider. Those ones get special attention and they usually result in a happy outcome for the buyer…

Read this article now!

Best Regards,

 Geoff Hukins

  Executive Director |  Argos Software 

 Board Member









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What 3PL Clients are expecting today…

Reasons for Selecting 3PLs Are Changing

In a recent publication from the Supply Chain Brain , 3PL clients revealed their expectations in terms of services and new technology needs. Here is a list of the “Must Have” criteria used to select a 3PL provider in 2013:

  • Provide shipment and in-transit information in real time
  • Support varied communication protocols, both domestically and internationally
  • Handle large volumes of data exchanges and large numbers of connections
  • Improve real-time visibility of data and data exchanges with partners and customers

ABECAS Insight is a powerful solution developed for 3PLs, allowing scalability and access to real time information to meet your customers’ needs. Today supply chain software must provide visibility to internal and external partners, integration to other systems and be adaptable to your business processes. ABECAS Insight meets these goals.

Best Regards,

 Geoff Hukins 

 Executive Director  Argos Software | (559) 227-1000
 Board Member



Are you ready for the IARW Annual Convention?

Get higher proportion of revenue from value added services.

increase services revenue

In the current market the 3PL provider has two choices, substantially increase revenue from value added services or struggle to survive in a storage focused world with diminishing inventory.

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