Outsourcing to 4PLs: Opportunities and Challenges for Global Supply Chain Management Cover Image

Прехвърляне на дейности към 4PL компании: перспективи и предизвикателства пред управлението на глобалните вериги за доставка
Outsourcing to 4PLs: Opportunities and Challenges for Global Supply Chain Management

Author(s): Dobroslav Emilov Mollov
Subject(s): Economy, Supranational / Global Economy, Business Economy / Management
Published by: Университет за национално и световно стопанство (УНСС)
Keywords: Logistics Outsourcing; 4PL; Fourth Party Logistics Provider; Supply Chains; Supply Chain Management; Global Supply Chains
Summary/Abstract: In recent years there are significant innovations in the logistics and global supply chain management fields. One of them, increasingly attracting interest to both managers and academics, is the emergence of 4PLs – specialized consulting companies that provide the clients with integrated supply chain management solutions. Most experts agree that 4PLs form the future perspective of outsourcing and global supply chain management. However, there is still no single view in the literature regarding the nature of these companies and their role in managing the supply chain. This report aims to present the main features of the 4PL model, and demonstrate the possibility of its successful implementation in the management of today's global supply chains in order to increase their competitiveness. The report summarizes the classification of different types of logistic services providers, are discusses the differences between 4PLs and similar models as 3PLs and LLPs. Presented are the arguments in favour of outsourcing to 4PLs, and its main advantages and risks are summarized. The report ends with a case study of ACS Global Services – a 4PL company, which has successfully positioned itself on the European and Asian markets.

  • Page Range: 202-213
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: Bulgarian