Standards of Third Party Logistics (3PL)

Standards of Third Party Logistics (3PL)

As a business owner uses and implements the advice and best practices outlined in this Standards of Third Party Logistics (3PL) tool, we have to keep in mind that there are many industries, companies, and organizations associated with Third Party Logistics and therefore these standards are intended to be used as philosophies by which any company in any industry can apply these principles throughout their organization regardless of their particular business sector.  Businesses are encouraged to select the processes that are appropriate to their organization and their specific strategic goals.

In certain cases, specific metrics may be stated in the standards such as ‘three days’ or ‘99%’ to specify uptime or accuracy.  The metrics used are typically recognized measurements generally acceptable across industries.  Think of them as ‘rules of thumb.’.  Companies are encouraged to seek out benchmarks typically used in their industry or business sector.  

Some processes may seem to be missing or do not include enough detail.  Keep in mind these standards are designed to provide the framework from which to get started.  More specific industry research will be required to effectively implement them according to your industry’s generally accepted criteria.

Decide Upon Your Priorities (and don’t try to do too much at once.)

As you discuss your priorities with your department heads, utilize the “gap summary” to clarify your priorities for improvement.  Then rank your priorities to determine in what order you should approach them.  

Latin American Business Owner’s Guide of Third Party Logistics (3PL) Process Standards

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Some of the content in this report was derived from research conducted by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals organization.