Lead logistics providers help shape the transformation of supply chains
Logistics today is about much more than transporting goods. Companies must not only keep up with the regular changes in the market with their supply chains, but also help shape them: both in terms of technologies, such as the Internet of Things or Big Data, and the purchasing behaviour of their customers. Fast product delivery at low cost is just one of many customer requirements. However, cooperation with a large number of transport service providers and forwarders does not help in the long term. On the contrary: as a rule, this leads to increased operational and administrative effort. Because if customers distribute their transports among different service providers, different interfaces with high coordination and communication costs are common problems. Added to this are heterogeneous offer and price structures as well as high quality assurance costs.
Companies are successful with stable “harmonious” supply chains that serve as a common interface for different players in the chain and at the same time remain flexible. Designing and coordinating these is the role and equally the goal of lead logistics providers.