Outsourcing to 4PLs – Opportunities, Challenges, Future Outlook

TitleOutsourcing to 4PLs – Opportunities, Challenges, Future Outlook
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCherneva, D, Voigt, K-I
EditorKersten, W, Blecker, T, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovations and Strategies for Logistics and Supply Chains
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-7375-7805-9
Other NumbersISSN (print) 2365-4430, ISSN (online) 2365-5070
Keywords4PL, Challenges, Logistics outsourcing, Opportunities

The need for a successful management of logistics services is becoming very acute,
as nowadays it defines competitiveness on the global marketplace. Without doubt,
the success of LSPs and their clients depends on the ability to vastly adapt to changing
customer needs, innovate, develop and supply worldwide complex, high-quality
and greener products and services at a competitive rate. In theory, the 4PL business
model has emerged as a very promising breakthrough solution for these newly
emerging supply chain (SC) challenges. By comprehensively integrating the competencies
of multiple LSPs, best-of-breed suppliers and latest technology providers,
4PLs aim to leverage the skill and resource sets along the SC. In business practice,
however, this asset-free approach still struggles to take hold. By means of a qualitative
research this article provides a clear understanding of the current status and
variations of the 4PL phenomenon, its opportunities and challenges for businesses
as well as its future outlook in Germany. The results improve the customer perception
and remove ambiguities. Therefore, they are relevant for both academicians and