SOURCE: eyefortransport

March 16, 2006 07:01 ET

eyefortransport's "North American 3PL market - key drivers and trends" report identifies the main challenges for North American 3PLs, as well as the key developments and emerging opportunities.

Shanghai -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 --

Press Release

Date: 15 March 2006

For immediate release

eyefortransport's "North American 3PL market - key drivers and trends" report identifies the main challenges for North American 3PLs, as well as the key developments and emerging opportunities.

While customers are increasingly demanding more for less, many 3PLs are having to pull out all the stops in order to maintain profits under the current price pressures.

The entry of global players, one-stop-shop providers, integrators and 4PLs into the logistics market has shifted the competition up a notch, and traditional 3PL players are having to introduce more innovative and value-added services in order to retain their slice of a very fragmented pie.

Supply chain management in North America is more than mere transportation management and cost reduction. Broader supply chains require a more reliable system of handling time-critical order fulfillments, and players need to have global strategic centers to manage this.

3PLs are acquiring or partnering other 3PLs to expand their capabilities and increase efficiencies. They are investing in technology to provide customers with end-to-end supply chain visibility and security, and to provide business intelligence services.

"The world is globalizing and you have to get with it. It's time to step into the global arena," says Doug Christensen, CEO of Sirva Logistics.

eyefortransport's North American 3PL market - key drivers and trends report is an insight into the market influences and changing 3PL- customer relationships. The report is available for download at http://www.eyefortransport.com/3pl/report_3pl.shtml

Much of the data in this report will be discussed and debated at the 4th eyefortransport 3PL Summit, which takes place on June 27-28 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with pre-Summit workshops on June 26.

You can reserve your place at the Summit and take advantage of the US$100 Early Bird Discount (only until March 30th) by registering at http://www.eyefortransport.com/3pl/register.shtml.

The 3PL Summit will be co-located with the 2nd eyefortransport Outsourcing Logistics USA 2006: Best practices to manage your 3PL relationships conference, and Summit delegates will have full access to the Outsourcing Logistics event.

For more information on the report or the conference, see http://www.eyefortransport.com/3pl/ or contact Izabela Janecka at ijanecka@eyefortransport.com, US toll-free 1 800 814 3459 ext 252 or +44 (0) 20 7375 7564.

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