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The Logistics Outsourcing Handbook

A Step-by-Step Guide From Strategy Through to Implementation

An essential guide to outsourcing logistics services, offering step-by-step guidelines to successful implementation and invaluable toolkits and frameworks.
EAN: 9780749484620
Edition: 1
Format: 234 x 155
384 pages

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About the book

For any business involved in today's supply chains, logistics services are critical. Companies have to decide whether to retain their own logistics operations or place their trust in third-party suppliers. This potential move away from the traditional approach of managing these processes internally can lead to improved service and reduced cost although this isn't always the case. The Logistics Outsourcing Handbook provides step by step guidance on the process of logistics outsourcing and explains how to apply this information for commercial success. Vital advice is given on benchmarking existing operations, how to shortlist companies, produce a request for a proposal, choose the optimum supplier and implement and manage the contract.

The Logistics Outsourcing Handbook analyses outsourcing from both an industry wide perspective, while also drilling down into specific individual considerations. The book provides valuable guidance in terms of contractual relationships, cost models and the integration of information technology systems. By analysing current statistics and surveys, looking into factors behind why contracts are awarded and terminated important insights can be acquired. This book contains tools, models, online resources and case studies on the outsourced relationships of companies including Intel KFC and BA to further develop the reader's knowledge which makes this book an informative and essential resource.

About the authors

Gwynne Richards has over 35 years of experience in warehouse management and logistics outsourcing. As well as running his own successful logistics consultancy, he produces and runs a number of courses on warehouse management and logistics outsourcing for practitioners.

Jo Godsmark is a supply chain professional and consultant with over 20 years experience in manufacturing and logistics. She is Chair of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport's Outsourcing and Procurement Forum.

  • Logistics outsourcing is a complicated process that can deliver significant benefits for all parties if it is managed well but if managed poorly can create critical business issues. Understanding the process from the initial decision to outsource or not through to the management of relationships to deliver against a business strategy is fundamental for those in procurement, in-house logistics teams and logistics service providers. This is an invaluable publication written by experienced practitioners that brings all the elements of the outsourcing cycle into one comprehensive guide. As CEO of CILT UK and as a former executive within logistics service provider I recommend this book.
  • Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK

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