Throughout my career I have worked in organisations where I have managed a combination of both DIY and 3PL operations. I have experienced both the advantages and the disadvantages of outsourcing to 3PL service providers first hand. Whether you manage your own warehouse operations or you outsource this function to a 3PL service provider will […]
I am pleased to announce that I will presenting at the 2018 Warehouse Innovation Summit The summit will be held in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday the 18th and Wednesday the 19th of September at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel. On the Wednesday I will be part of the panel that will discuss the topic […]
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In a previous post I wrote about the things you need to consider before terminating your 3PL. One of the key points was to ensure that the process of sourcing and selecting an alternative 3PL service provider had been considered well before any termination notice was issued. This post will focus on how to find […]
There are many things to consider before terminating your 3PL. In a previous post I a wrote about the 3 Steps for Improving 3PL Performance and I suggest that these strategies are implemented well before any serious thought is given to terminating your 3PL.
We should be continuously looking at ways for improving 3PL performance. If we are doing our jobs properly we will have a process in place for monitoring 3PL performance against an agreed set of KPI’s and any genuine case of poor performance will have been identified as part of this process and a corrective action plan will have been put in place.
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Over the last few years I have visited numerous third party logistics warehouses. In the majority of cases the purpose of the 3PL site visit is to evaluate a potential service provider as part of a formal RFQ process. Whilst the format and the flow of each visit may vary, what I am trying to learn or uncover about the supplier always remains the same. Sometimes the answer comes as the result of a direct question but often times it comes as an observation or through an informal conversation during the meeting or site tour.
Each year after I return from my Christmas / New Year break I spend the first couple of weeks getting myself organised for the year ahead. I use this time to plan how I am going to manage the numerous 3PL service providers that I am responsible for. This annual planning process is critical if you […]
I recently facilitated an interactive discussion group at the Smart Warehouse Summit in Sydney. The title of the the discussion was Managing 3PL Relationships. After some interesting discussions around the various techniques and tools that were being used for managing 3PL relationships and some of the criteria that could be used to evaluate 3PL service providers I asked […]