25 - 26 April 2005: eyefortransport Outsourcing Logistics 2005: Best Practices for Managing 3PL Relationships conference

With manufacturers and retailers increasingly realising the benefits of outsourcing to 3PL providers, eyefortransport wanted to determine just what is holding shippers back when it comes to outsourcing more of their logistics operations.

Conducted from December 2004 to January 2005, eyefortransports Outsourcing Logistics Survey drew responses from over a hundred logistics professionals from manufacturing and retail companies.

Despite obvious pay-offs like more favourable rates and increased overall supply chain efficiency, the decision to outsource is still inhibited by a perceived loss of ownership. Although 79% of the respondents currently use 3PL services, the survey reveals that shippers rarely outsource 100% of their logistics operations.

The survey suggests that while 3PL customers are generally happy with the level of service theyre getting (81%) and the majority are keen to outsource more of their logistics activities to 3PLs in the near future (75%), there are still some reservations.

The survey also dispels the notion that improving overall supply chain management systems and allowing shippers to concentrate on their core businesses are the key drivers for contracting a 3PL provider. The top priority is reducing logistics costs, with 31% of the respondents rating this relevant or very important.

Much of the data gathered from this survey will be discussed and debated at the eyefortransport Outsourcing Logistics 2005: Best Practices for Managing 3PL Relationships conference, which takes place which takes place in Chicago on April 25th and 26th this year.

The eyefortransport Outsourcing Logistics 2005: Best Practices for Managing 3PL Relationships conference will bring together senior logistics executives from different verticals to discuss 3PL adoption, selection, contract negotiation and relationships.

Topics up for discussion, analysis, and questioning will include:
Assessing if outsourcing is the right choice for your company
Top tips on RFQs and industry advice on tackling the selection process to ensure the best 3PL for you!
Setting incentive schemes and remuneration - profitable contracts & ROI
The benefits of using a 3PL for supply chain technology and tips for smooth integration
and much more!

Learn from special, exclusive presentations and executive panels, and informative, interactive roundtable sessions. Attend the Chicago event to benchmark your current 3PL contracts against your peers, and make the most of the unprecedented networking opportunities with speakers from leading manufacturing and retail companies such as Target, Rolls Royce, Owens Corning, Nestle, Intel, Ingersol Rand, Kelloggs, The Home Depot, Sara Lee, Levi Strauss, Sysco, Supervalu and many more.

See http://www.eyefortransport.com for more details.

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