Over the past 15 years, Melvis Furtado has worked in supply chain and logistics roles for several multinational corporations. In this article, he shares invaluable insights into evaluating, selecting and working with third-party logistics providers.
It can take months for a third-party logistics provider (3PL) to win a contract. But, according to Melvis Furtado, it only takes "a few sparks" to lose a contract. That's why Melvis, a supply chain and logistics professional with 15 years of experience working for multinational corporations, including Kraft Foods, Unilever ME, Philips ME and EMI Music/Virgin Records, says it is essential to choose the best possible partner right from the start.
In this article, Melvis Furtado explains why he views the relationship between 3PLs and their customers as a two-street, and provides 11 tips surrounding the people, processes and technologies 3PLs bring to the table, and how to get the most out of what they offer.
As with any vendor, he advises, it is vitally important that companies don't set their expectations so high that they doom their partners to failure.