Gartner Report: Helping Logistics Leaders Define Their Transactional, Preferred and Strategic 3PL Relationships

Are you looking to drive more value from your 3PL relationships? Of course you are. But have you stopped to consider that the way you define those relationships may be hindering your ultimate success? 

Think about it: shippers often categorize their 3PL partners as either transactional, preferred or strategic. But what do those labels really mean? Do they accurately reflect the services your 3PLs can provide? And are these categories mutually exclusive?  

Perhaps it’s time to revisit this framework so that the capabilities of your 3PL partners are truly aligned with your short-term needs and strategic goals.  

Read this exclusive Gartner report to learn how to: 

  • Set out clear definitions for each 3PL relationship segment 
  • Decide which 3PLs have the capacity, capability and culture to become a strategic partner 
  • Establish realistic service and cost expectations for 3PL providers and partners 
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*Gartner, Helping Logistics Leaders Define Their Transactional, Preferred and Strategic 3PL Relationships, David Gonzalez, Greg Aimi, James Lisica, Courtney Rogerson, 4 April 2019
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