Provides a comparison of third‐party logistics services utilization between large manufacturing firms in the USA and Western Europe. All these firms had been utilizing third‐party providers for at least three years, although many had been doing so for five years or longer. The group of Western European firms is more committed to outsourcing, as evidenced by the substantially greater percentage of their total corporate logistics budget allocated to third‐party firms. The strategic decision to utilize third‐party companies is more often made at the corporate level and includes input more frequently from other functional areas in Western European firms. However, many of the findings indicate that the issues faced by both groups of executives are very similar, such as their reservations to outsourcing and their experiences with implementation. Almost all the executives indicated that they are satisfied with the performance of third‐party providers, and would, at least moderately, increase their use of such firms.
Lieb, R., Millen, R. and Van Wassenhove, L. (1993), "Third Party Logistics Services: A Comparison of Experienced American and European Manufacturers", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 35-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600039310044894Download as .RIS
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