3rd party logistics (3pl)
The manufacturer outsources a package of transport and logistic activities. The third party logistic service provider organises these activities and may hire third parties for the specific execution (subcontracting). This service provider often comes into contact not just with the manufacturer, but also with the supplier. As the third party, he organises the logistics between these two successive actors in the supply chain. The client often enters into a long-term partnership with the logistic provider in a cooperative environment. The client retains enough expertise in order to measure, evaluate and, if necessary, correct the logistic performances of the service provider.