Armstrong & Associates Launches Improved Who’s Who in Logistics Online Third-Party Logistics Guide, Leading the Charge for Unsurpassed 3PL Information

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Armstrong & Associates Launches Improved Who’s Who in Logistics Online Third-Party Logistics Guide, Leading the Charge for Unsurpassed 3PL Information

WEST ALLIS, WI, October 23, 2014 – Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is an internationally recognized leader for 3PL market information. As part of its ongoing mission to provide clients with proprietary 3PL market research not available anywhere else, A&A has launched an upgraded version of its online 3PL guide Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The new Online Guide is faster, easily searchable, and equipped with real-time business intelligence reporting capabilities.

Who’s Who in Logistics Online Guide and Expert Information Service (E.I.S.) subscribers can now search for Third-Party Logistics Providers by multiple attributes such as type of service, net revenues, vertical industries served, ocean and air freight forwarding volumes, warehousing square footage, and more! The guide data updates in real-time making it the source for the most up-to-date 3PL information in the industry. According to Armstrong & Associates President Evan Armstrong, “The technology behind the Online Guide uses up to the minute Third-Party Logistics Provider profile updates to generate provider queries, ad hoc searches, and real-time reports. It is now easier and faster for industry professionals to leverage 3PL information for immediate fact-based decision making.”

In addition, the Online Guide is synchronized with its sister website www.3PLAdvisor.com, a source for 3PL customer reviews. Provider profile updates will automatically update on 3PLAdvisor and the overall rating of a 3PL will be displayed on each provider’s Who’s Who in Logistics Online Guide profile, so clients will always have the most accurate information at their disposal.

The Who’s Who in Logistics Online Guide subscription and other 3PL market research can be purchased at https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html. The Online Guide subscription comes as a standard benefit for Expert Information Service subscribershttps://www.3plogistics.com/EIS_Info.htm.

ABOUT ARMSTRONG & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) was established in 1980 to meet the needs of a newly deregulated domestic transportation market. Since then, through its leading Third-Party Logistics (3PL) market research and history of helping companies outsource logistics functions, A&A has become an internationally recognized key resource for 3PL market information and consulting.

A&A’s mission is to have leading proprietary supply chain knowledge and market research not available anywhere else. As proof of our continued work in supporting our mission, A&A’s 3PL market estimates are frequently cited in media articles, publications, and securities filings by publicly traded 3PLs. In addition, A&A’s email newsletter currently has over 25,000 subscribers globally.

A&A’s market research complements its consulting activities by providing continually updated data for analysis. Based upon its unsurpassed knowledge of the 3PL market and the operations of leading 3PLs, A&A has provided strategic planning consulting services to over 30 3PLs, supported 13 closed investment transactions, and provided advice to numerous companies looking to benchmark existing 3PL operations or outsource logistics functions.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

10401 West Lincoln Avenue, Suite 207

West Allis, WI 53227 USA

Phone: +1-414-545-3838 Fax: +1-414-545-3906

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Back by Popular Demand: Armstrong & Associates and Infocast Announce 3PL Value Creation Summit

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Back by Popular Demand:  Armstrong & Associates and Infocast Announce 3PL Value Creation Summit

Leading Global and North American 3PL Executives Explore Today’s Winning Value Creation Strategies

Los Angeles, CA – October 15, 2014 – Armstrong & Associates, globally recognized logistics experts, and Infocast, a leading business intelligence and networking event producer, have continued collaboration in assembling the annual 3PL Value Creation Summit. The summit is scheduled for October 28-30, 2014 at the University Center Conference in Chicago, IL and will attract C-level executives, major customers and industry experts.

Global economic forces, paradigm changes and transformation in industry verticals have set the stage for third-party logistics competition in 2015 and beyond. While the future offers up plenty of uncertainty, one thing remains clear: Top executives at 3PLs will need to lead their organizations to become innovators and value creators in order to survive and thrive in the marketplace.

3PL Value Creation 2014 will assess the future outlook of 3PL segments and explore strategies for value creation that will forge a competitive advantage. It is a unique opportunity to get a look at the current and future state of third-party logistics from the best global and North American 3PLs, like GENCO and UPS, and hear about the value-added customer services that will define the future competitive landscape of the industry.

Armstrong & Associates and Infocast have established a competitive benchmark for this summit by reporting on the current best in class operating capabilities and examining how they differentiate winners and losers in the 3PL market. 3PL Value Creation 2014 is the chance for companies to become providers of leading cutting-edge initiatives that enhance customers’ supply chain flexibility and agility. Attendees will leave understanding the new opportunities within 3PL, and have the competitive advantage to lead their company to survival in the marketplace.

For more information, to register, or to join us as a sponsor, visit the Infocast website athttp://www.infocastinc.com/events/3PL or contact Infocast at 818-888-4444.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, 3PL service/cost benchmarking, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include “Trending Up: 3PL Market Predictions for 2014 and 2013 Results,” “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships,” “3PL Brand Recognition, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs – 2013,” “Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” and “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices.”

About Infocast
For over 25 years, Infocast has produced the highest quality events, tailored to the needs of the industries we serve. We intensively research the marketplace, pulling from an extensive network of experts to give you the information and connections to succeed.

Trending Up: 3PL Market Predictions for 2014 and 2013 Results

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Trending Up:  3PL Market Predictions for 2014 and 2013 Results

WEST ALLIS, WI, July 10, 2014 – The U.S. 3PL market gross revenue grew 3.2% from 2012-2013. Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) www.3PLogistics.com estimates that growth will be 5.2% for 2014 as the U.S. economy continues to expand.

U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2014E (US$ Billions)

Net revenues are expected to increase by 4.3% from $64.6 billion in 2013 to $67.4 billion in 2014. Domestic Transportation Management (DTM) should increase 7.5%. Growth in DTM continues to be fed by the expansion of the base of customers using third-party logistics providers (3PLs). It is common now for customers with as little as $3 million in transportation spend to use at least one 3PL. Similarly, third-party logistics services provided are more systems-driven rather than just load-by-load transactions. Systems based “Enterprise Accounts” constitute a significant part of the business for all major domestic transportation managers.

The complete report and other A&A market research can be found at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

ABOUT ARMSTRONG & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, 3PL service/cost benchmarking, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships,” “3PL Brand Recognition, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs – 2013,” “Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” and “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices.”

For more information, please contact:

Richard Armstrong at +1-608-873-2110, or email Dick@3PLogistics.com.

Cheri Grabowski at +1-414-545-3838, or email Cheri@3PLogistics.com.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

10401 West Lincoln Avenue

Suite 207

West Allis, WI 53227 USA

Phone: +1-414-545-3838 Fax: +1-414-545-3906

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

21st Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide is Released

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21st Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide is Released

West Allis, WI, October 25, 2013 – The 21st edition of the leading third-party logistics providers guide, Who’s Who in Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes – The Americas and International, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of 377 3PLs.

Argol Villanova Group, Grupo Porteo, S.A. de C.V., ProTrans International Inc. and XPO Logistics, Inc. are just a few of the 33 new 3PL profiles added to this year’s guide.

Over 77% of the 3PLs profiled are private versus publicly traded companies. Who’s Who in Logisticsprofiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, information technology, and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly evaluate providers for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as APL Logistics, C.H. Robinson, CEVA, DB Schenker, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Menlo Worldwide, Panalpina, Ryder, UTi, and Yusen Logistics are covered extensively. In-depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players GENCO, Jacobson, Kenco, Kerry, Mainfreight, Norbert Dentressangle, OHL, Toll, Werner and others. Important niche specialists like BNSF Logistics, Coyote Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Freightquote, LMS, Luís Simões, ModusLink, TQL, and Transplace are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased at the increasing number of 3PLs being covered and the expansion of global coverage, especially in Asia. We are striving to continually build upon our goal of having information not available anywhere else. Over half, or 199, of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. Each profile includes assessments of the 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and identifies 3PLs with the requisite capabilities necessary to be classified as Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Managers. These providers have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

The two volumes contain 2,047 pages of information. They are available as PDF file versions or via an Internet on-demand version as an annual subscription. Online subscribers also receive the PDF file versions of the guides with their annual subscription. For premium market information, companies often purchase our Expert Information Service (EIS) which includes an online guide subscription, our exclusive annual 3PL market analysis, our warehousing in North America report, our customers of 3PLs report as well as other market research reports and four hours of phone consulting for a discounted price.

The Who’s Who in Logistics guides, EIS subscription and other market research reports can be purchased online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, 3PL service/cost benchmarking, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include “Slow Dance – 2012 3PL Market Analysis and 2013 Predictions,” “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships” “3PL Brand Recognition, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs – 2013,” “Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices,” and “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market.”

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

10401 West Lincoln Avenue, Suite 207

West Allis, WI 53227 USA

Phone: +1-414-545-3838 Fax: +1-414-545-3906

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

3PL Customers Report Identifies Service Trends, 3PL Market Segment Sizes and Growth Rates

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3PL Customers Report Identifies Service Trends, 3PL Market Segment Sizes and Growth Rates

STOUGHTON, WI, July 11, 2013 – Eighty-six percent of Domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions according to a new report just issued by Armstrong & Associates.  The report “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships – 2013” leverages Armstrong & Associates’ proprietary database of 6,398 3PL customer relationships to provide detailed information on the top outsourcers to 3PLs, trends in service demand, and 3PL market size by vertical industry segment from 2005 through 2013E.

According to the report, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Wal-Mart each use 50 or more 3PLs.  The report also quantifies the Global Fortune 500 3PL market at $250.2 billion, a 67% increase since 2005.  Within the Global 500, “Technological” industry 3PL customers spent $66.8 billion with 3PLs in 2012 and are on track to spend $71.1 billion in 2013.  The compound annual growth rate for Technological 3PL revenues was 9.3% from 2005 to 2012.  “Electronics, Electrical Equipment” companies led all Technological industry sub segments with over $25.7 billion in 2012 3PL spend.

The average customer is utilizing each 3PL for just under three different logistics services with Transportation Management being the most frequent service utilized.  Of the total 6,398 3PL/Customer relationships, 1,184 or 18.5% are strategic with the 3PLs performing supply chain management and/or lead logistics provider services.  While these strategic relationships were dominated by Automotive and Technological industries in the past, there are increasing numbers of strategic relationships within the Retailing and Industrial industries.

Commenting on the report, Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates said, “This year’s analysis of 3PL customer relationships is our best to date and builds upon our previous reports.  It provides insights into customer outsourcing trends and which services are in demand.  Our analysis includes industry 3PL spend and growth estimates for years 2005 through 2013E for the Fortune 1000 Domestic and 500 Global.  We have also expanded our vertical industry sub segment analysis and 3PL services segmentations and analysis.”

The complete report is available from Armstrong & Associates online at:  www.3PLogistics.com.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, 3PL service/cost benchmarking, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “Slow Dance – 2012 3PL Market Analysis and 2013 Predictions,” “3PL Brand Recognition, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs – 2013,” “Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices” and “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market.”

For more information please contact:

Evan Armstrong at +1-414-545-3838 or e-mail Evan@3PLogistics.com.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Slow Dance – 2012 3PL Market Analysis and 2013 Predictions Report is Released

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Slow Dance – 2012 3PL Market Analysis and 2013 Predictions Report is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, May 21, 2013 – U.S. third-party logistics (3PL) market revenues increased modestly in 2012 in a slow dance mirrored by the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).  Results outside the U.S. reflected a recessionary Europe and warm but not hot results in Asia.

U.S. 3PL market gross revenues increased by 6% to $141.8 billion.

Figure 1.  U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2013E (US$ Billions)

The 3PL market compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 1996 to 2012 fell 0.3% to 10%.  With U.S. governmental “sequestration” spending cuts kicking in, it is unlikely that the U.S. economy and 3PL market results will break the trend in 2013.  A temporary budget surplus has taken pressure off of politicians to find solutions for huge, long-term U.S. deficit challenges.  As John Maynard Keynes turns in his grave, the U.S. economy will grow slowly until the next major crisis.

Domestic transportation management (DTM) led financial results for 3PL segments again in 2012.  Gross revenues were up 9.2%.  At the same time, the cost of purchasing transportation, increased competition, and slackened demand are pressuring DTM gross margins and net revenues.  As a result, net revenues increased by only 5.4%.  Overall gross margins were 14.6%.  In 2011 they were 15.2%.  3PL earnings before interest and tax (EBITs) and net income margins remained strong.  They were 33.2% and 20.3% of net revenue respectively.

Table 1.  Revenues and Profitability by 3PL Segment – 2012
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*Total 2012 gross revenue (turnover) for the 3PL market in the U.S. is estimated at $141.8 billion.  $3 billion is included for the contract logistics software segment.

The largest negative in 3PL segment results was international transportation management (ITM).  The results in ITM reflect the global economic malaise.  Gross revenues grew 0.4% and net revenues were up 1%.  Profit margins held as ITM 3PLs controlled costs.  EBITs were 12% of net revenues.  Net incomes were 7% of net revenues.  For Expeditors International and Kuehne + Nagel (including its non-vessel operating common carrier Blue Anchor), EBITs exceed 30% of net revenue.  Net incomes are also significantly higher.  First quarter 2013 results for Expeditors were nearly identical to first quarter 2012 — a good indication of what 2013 results could look like.

The complete report and other A&A market research reports can be found at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “3PL Brand Recognition, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs – 2013,” “Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices” and “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market.”

For more information, please contact:

Richard Armstrong at +1-800-525-3915, or email Dick@3PLogistics.com.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Launches 3PL Executive Recruiting Service

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Launches 3PL Executive Recruiting Service

WEST ALLIS, WI, April 16, 2013 – For years Armstrong & Associates, Inc. has worked with third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to find experienced executives, sales leaders, and senior operations managers.  To formalize its executive recruitment service offering, 3PLRecruiters, LLC has been established.  The key differentiators of its service include:

  • An in-depth knowledge of the 3PL industry and leading growth strategies.
  • A strong understanding of how 3PLs operate and what type of person is needed in each key role.
  • An extensive network of contacts to leverage in finding qualified candidates.
  • The ability to efficiently deliver the right candidates for a position.

According to Evan Armstrong, “Helping 3PLs to hire new people to build 3PL capabilities, manage operations, and drive market expansion is often a natural outcome of A&A’s core 3PL strategic consulting engagements.  The nice thing about working with us is that you don’t have to bring us up to speed.  We have visited hundreds of 3PL operations and understand what type of person is needed to be a top performer in specific roles.  Through 3PLRecruiters, we have developed good online systems functionality and straightforward client engagement programs to make us very easy to work with.”

To discuss your management staffing needs further, please call Kurt Baumann at 414-545-3838, or send an email to Kurt Baumann (Kurt@3PLogistics.com) or Evan Armstrong (Evan@3PLogistics.com).

If you know someone looking for career opportunities, they can sign up at: https://3PLRecruiters.com/Candidates.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates market research includes its 3PL Guides Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  In addition, its current research reports include “Mexico:  Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” “U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions,” “The Business of Warehousing in North America 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices” and “Dedicated Contract Carriage New Life in a Mature Market.”

About 3PLRecruiters, LLC

3PLRecruiters, LLC is an Armstrong & Associates, Inc. affiliate company combining best-in-class recruiting technology and work practices.  From the “C-Level” to management ranks, 3PLRecruiters, LLC leverages thousands of contacts and its inherent 3PL market expertise to assist clients in securing the best executive talent.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc./3PLRecruiters, LLC
10401 West Lincoln Avenue, Suite 207
West Allis, Wisconsin 53227 USA
Phone:  +1-414-545-3838  Fax:  +1-414-545-3906

Website:  www.3PLogistics.com / www.3PLRecruiters.com

New Brand Recognition Report Naming Top 3PLs is Released

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New Brand Recognition Report Naming Top 3PLs is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, April 25, 2013 – DHL/Exel and C.H. Robinson Worldwide are the best known third-party logistics provider (3PL) brands according to a market research report just released by Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A).  DHL/Exel continues to hold the top spot as it has in past A&A 3PL branding studies.

C.H. Robinson’s brand has grown significantly in response to its efforts in being identified as a global 3PL versus a domestic freight broker.  Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, GENCO, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel, Hub Group, and DB Schenker Logistics also registered solid increases in brand recognition.  However, other major 3PLs have lost ground.  A third of the 3PLs named in 2007 have dropped out or have considerably lower brand recognition in this year’s study. By contrast, over 100 new 3PLs were recognized this year.

According to Richard Armstrong, CEO of Armstrong & Associates, “Nothing is more important to a 3PL’s growth strategy than its brand.  It determines who gets included in customer RFPs and is a major factor driving 3PL selections in customer logistics outsourcing engagements.  Our report sheds light on which 3PLs are winning and who has lost their way.”

Additional information about the report “3PL Brand Recognition, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs – 2013” and other A&A research can be found at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report,” “U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions,” “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices” and “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market.”

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Mexico: Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report is Released

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Mexico:  Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, January 16, 2013 – Mexico’s $68 billion trucking industry is led by 10 companies with revenues from $90 million to $220 million.  The largest, Autotransportes de Carga Tres Guerras, handles general freight including less-than-truckload and packages.  Power is supplied by 563 tractors and 93 straight trucks.  Other major companies in Armstrong & Associates’ Top 45 list include TUM, Jaguar, TMM, Trans-Mex (Swift) and Ryder.

Major U.S. and international companies play important roles in Mexican logistics.  DHL/Exel ($300m), Werner ($210m) and Ryder ($200m) are heavily involved in value-added warehousing, transportation management and trucking.  APL/VASCOR, Kuehne + Nagel and Menlo have also carved out significant third-party logistics niches in automotive, tires and high-tech.  Kansas City Southern and Ferromex (UPS) are the major railroads.  Intermodal and car hauling are important and growing service lines.

Automotive logistics has grown dramatically in Mexico since 1994.  There are  25 automotive assembly plants (OEM) spread out from Mexico City north.  Over 1,000 Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers are now located in Mexico.  Over two million automobiles and light trucks will be exported from Mexico in 2012.

“Mexico:  Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report” and other Armstrong & Associates research can be found at:  https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

ABOUT ARMSTRONG & ASSOCIATES, INC.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices,” “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market,” and “U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions.”

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Leaders in Logistics: Women CEOs and Owners is Released

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Leaders in Logistics:  Women CEOs and Owners is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, November 8, 2012 – Minority-owned women logistics businesses are a small but growing part of third-party logistics services and transportation companies in the United States.  Armstrong & Associates, Inc. has released a new report “Leaders in Logistics:  Women CEOs and Owners.”  The report profiles eight well known logistics companies and their executives/owners.

Profiled in the report are:

Company Executive/Owner
Bennett International Group, LLC Marcia G. Taylor
DSC Logistics, Inc. Ann Drake
Kenco Jane Kennedy Greene
LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. Wendy Buxton
MEGATRUX, Inc. Karen Pelle
MercuryGate International, Inc. Monica Wooden
Pacific American Services (PACAM) Linda Childs Hothem
Rush Trucking, Inc. Andra M. Rush

Chattanooga-based Kenco is the largest, women-owned third-party logistics company with $422 million in revenue.  The second largest, DSC Logistics, is a well known, value-added warehousing and distribution company based in Chicago.  MEGATRUX and LynnCo are expanding domestic transportation managers.  Bennett and Rush are established, diversified trucking companies.  MercuryGate is a successful, well known transportation management software company.  PACAM has been purchased by Matson.

To get the complimentary report, visit www.3PLogistics.com and register to receive your free copy.

ABOUT ARMSTRONG & ASSOCIATES, INC.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices,” “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market,” “U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions,” and “Mexico:  Trucking, Railroads and Third-Party Logistics Market Report.”

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

20th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

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20th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

STOUGHTON, WI, September 18, 2012 – The 20th edition of the leading third-party logistics providers guide, Who’s Who in Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes – The Americas and International, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of 344 3PLs.

GlobalTranz Enterprises, ModusLink Global Solutions, RiverStar and Unyson Logistics are just a few of the 44 new 3PL profiles added to this year’s guide.

Over 77% of the 3PLs profiled are private versus publicly traded companies. Who’s Who in Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, information technology, and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly evaluate providers for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as APL Logistics, C.H. Robinson, CEVA, DB Schenker, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Menlo Worldwide, Panalpina, Ryder, UTi, and Yusen Logistics are covered extensively. In-depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players GENCO ATC, Jacobson, Kenco, Kerry, Mainfreight, Norbert Dentressangle, OHL, Toll, Werner and others. Important niche specialists like BNSF Logistics, Coyote Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Freightquote, LMS, Luís Simões, ModusLink, TQL, and Transplace are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased at the increasing number of 3PLs being covered and the expansion of global coverage, especially in Asia. We are striving to continually build upon our goal of having information not available anywhere else. Over half, or 173, of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. Each profile includes assessments of the 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and identifies 3PLs with the requisite capabilities necessary to be classified as Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Managers. These providers have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

The two volumes contain 1,939 pages of information. They are available as PDF file versions or via an Internet on-demand version as an annual subscription. Online subscribers also receive the PDF file versions of the guides with their annual subscription. For premium market information, companies often purchase our Expert Information Service (EIS) which includes an online guide subscription, our annual financial analysis, customers of 3PLs report, and four hours of phone consulting for a discounted price.

The Who’s Who in Logistics guides, EIS subscription and other market research reports can be purchased online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include “U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions,” “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices,” “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market,” and “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.”

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Website: www.3PLogistics.com

U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions is Released

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U.S. Gains Carry 3PLs – 2011 3PL Market Analysis and 2012 Predictions is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, May 22, 2012 – Domestic North American transportation and value-added warehousing were the bright spots for third-party logistics providers (3PLs) in 2011 while grim European and cooling Asian results produced flat international markets.  Domestic transportation management net revenues increased 12.2% leading modest overall increases of 5.2% for gross revenue and 5.9% for net revenue.

Figure 1.  U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2012E (US$ Billions)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the U.S. 3PL market since 1996 came in at 10.3%.  For 2011, 3PL growth has been three times the growth in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

Domestic transportation management (DTM) led other segments in 2011.  Gross and net revenues both increased 12.2%.  Net income was 17.4% of net revenue.

Table 1.  Revenues and Profitability by 3PL Segment – 2011
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*Total 2011 gross revenue (turnover) for the 3PL market in the U.S. is estimated at $133.8 billion.  $3 billion is included for the contract logistics software segment.  Totals may be off due to rounding.

Value-added warehousing and distribution (VAWD) had a solid year with increases of 8.2-8.4%.  Net income margins improved to 3% but VAWD continues to be a more mature segment which is less financially attractive than other segments.

Dedicated contract carriage (DCC) continued its resurgence in 2011.  Trucking companies including dedicated contract carriers continue to keep equipment supply tight preventing the negative effects of oversupplying the market with assets.

Overall global logistics costs and 3PL revenue estimates by major region and country are also detailed in the report.

The complete report and other Armstrong & Associates research can be found at:https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices” and “Dedicated Contract Carriage – New Life in a Mature Market.”

For more information, please contact:

Richard Armstrong at +1-800-525-3915, or email Dick@3PLogistics.com.

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100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

The Business of Warehousing in North America – 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices Report is Released

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The Business of Warehousing in North America 2012 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices Report is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, January 31, 2012 – In the second half of 2011, Armstrong & Associates collected information on contracting warehousing companies whose total revenues exceed $13 billion.  The average revenue for the sample companies was $823 million.  Revenues ranged from $36 million to $3 billion.  Companies reported organic increases from 1% to 25% for the first half of 2011 when compared to the first half of 2010.

In addition to a survey form, participants completed a series of spreadsheets providing detailed information on contract warehouses, contract customers and public warehouses.  Information covered over 600 contract warehouses, 300 contract customers and 100 public warehouses.

Commodities handled were split into 13 vertical industries.  The largest was Retail & Consumer Products at 18.4%.  High-tech/Computers accounted for 16.1% while Beverages & Food was 16.0%.  Building Materials came in at 1.7% reflecting the slowness of home construction activity in the United States.

Modern value-added warehousing and distribution (VAWD) third-party logistics providers (3PLs) all have significant transportation management capabilities.  The participants commonly have networktransportation management and dedicated contract carriage (DCC) trucking operations.  Three-fourths of our respondents have asset trucking operations including DCC.  All have networktransportation management capabilities with over half having control centers operating with major transportation management systems (TMS) platforms.  Participants use 74% of their total warehouse space for contract warehousing and 26% for public warehousing.

The complete report and other supply chain management market research can be purchased by phone at +1-608-873-8929 or online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “Full Stride – 2010 3PL Market Analysis and 2011 Predictions,” “Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management – Market Size and Major Players,” and “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.”

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Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929, Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

19th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

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19th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

STOUGHTON, WI, September 13, 2011 – The 19th edition of the leading third-party logistics providers guide, Who’s Who in Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes – The Americas and International, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of 304 3PLs.

New 3PL profiles added this year include: A&R Logistics, American Global Logistics, BEL International Logistics, Choice Logistics, Meritor Aftermarket Services, MultiPack Empresas Logísticas, Port Logistics Group, Round The World Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Shandong Rongqing Logistics, Shippers Warehouse, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, WEL Companies, Yusen Logistics (Americas), and Ze Han Logistics.

Of the 3PLs profiled, over 76% are private versus publicly traded companies. Who’s Who in Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, information technology, and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly evaluate providers for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as C.H. Robinson, CEVA, DB Schenker, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Menlo Worldwide, Panalpina, Ryder, UTi, and Yusen Logistics are covered extensively. In-depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players GENCO ATC, Jacobson, Kenco, Kerry, Mainfreight, OHL, Rudolf, Werner, Wincanton and others. Important niche specialists like BNSF Logistics, Coyote Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Freightquote, LMS, Luis Simoes, SCI Logistics, TQL, and Transplace are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased at the increasing number of 3PLs being covered and the expansion of global coverage, especially in Asia. We are striving to continually build upon our goal of having information not available anywhere else. Almost half, or 151, of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. Each profile includes assessments of the 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and identifies 3PLs with the requisite capabilities necessary to be classified as Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Managers. These providers have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

The two volumes contain 1,738 pages of information. They are available as PDF file versions or via an Internet on-demand version as an annual subscription. Online subscribers also receive the PDF file versions of the guides with their annual subscription. For premium market information, companies often purchase our Expert Information Service (EIS) which includes an online guide subscription, our annual financial analysis, customers of 3PLs report, and four hours of phone consulting for a discounted price.

The Who’s Who in Logistics guides, EIS subscription and other market research reports can be purchased online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include “Full Stride 2010 3PL Market Analysis and 2011 Predictions,” “North American Warehousing Report 2010 Market Size, Capacity, Major 3PLs, Cost Benchmarks, Service Pricing and Trends,” “Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management Market Size and Major Players,” and “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.”

 

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Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

U.S. and Global Third-Party Logistics Market Analysis is Released

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U.S. and Global Third-Party Logistics Market Analysis is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, May 19, 2011 – Most third-party logistics providers (3PLs) got back on track in 2010 and are sprinting in 2011.  Consistent with ongoing economic globalization, the International Transportation Management 3PL segment led with a 30.1% gross revenue (turnover) and net revenue (gross margin) increases.  Dedicated Contract Carriage followed at 13.1%.  Overall, 3PL U.S. gross revenues jumped 18.9% in 2010 to $127.3 billion slightly exceeding the 2008 market result.

Figure 1.  U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2011E (US$ Billions)

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for third-party logistics market net revenue from 1995 through 2010 was 12.7%.  2009 was the only negative year since we began tracking results in 1995.  From 2009 to 2010, the increase in 3PL net revenue was 4.7 times the rate of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth.  One driving factor of 3PL growth was world trade volumes which increased 12.4% for 2010.¹

Revenues and profitability increased in all four 3PL segments in 2010.  Gross revenue increases ranged from 12.9% to 30.1% and were up 19.4% overall.  Net revenues (gross revenue minus purchased transportation) were up 13.2%.  Net revenues are a better indicator of true business improvement since fuel related costs have minimal impact.  Overall, net income increased 23.4% from 2009 levels.

¹ World Economic Outlook – IMF, April 2011

The complete report and other Armstrong & Associates research can be found at:https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection.  Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include “North American Warehousing Report – 2010 Market Size, Capacity, Major 3PLs, Cost Benchmarks, Service Pricing and Trends,” “Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management – Market Size and Major Players,” and “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.”

For more information, please contact:

Richard Armstrong at +1-800-525-3915, or email Dick@3PLogistics.com.

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100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202

Stoughton, WI 53589 USA

Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509

Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Armstrong & Associates Launches 3PL Advisor a Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL) Rating and Informational Website

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Armstrong & Associates Launches 3PL Advisor a Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL) Rating and Informational Website

STOUGHTON, WI, March 10, 2011 – As a natural extension of its Third-Party Logistics market research work, Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) has launched 3PLAdvisor.com to provide 3PL customers with a platform for sharing customer relationship experiences about their third-party logistics providers (3PLs). In-turn, 3PLs can receive valuable feedback from customers at no cost. Customers can anonymously rate their current 3PLs and send request for information (RFI) forms to 3PLs they may be interested in working with.

According to A&A’s President Evan Armstrong, “We’ve developed a straightforward website where 3PL customers can easily provide feedback on their 3PL relationships and where 3PLs can see how well they are meeting customer needs. This type of no-cost information sharing forum is one of the greatest benefits from internet business social networking and customers’ shared experiences have considerable value as firms evaluate 3PL providers as part of their strategic outsourcing decisions. Unlike customer satisfaction surveys, 3PL Advisor takes an ongoing approach versus a one-time snapshot.” Armstrong added, “To ensure a high level of quality, A&A reviews each 3PL customer review and 3PL profile submission prior to it being displayed on 3PLAdvisor.com. While customers can anonymously post reviews of their 3PLs, we strictly prohibit 3PLs from evaluating other 3PLs and strive to ensure that the site contains the most accurate 3PL profile information possible.”

As customer reviews are submitted, 3PLAdvisor.com automatically generates over 100 top ranked 3PL lists including:

  • Top Rated Global 3PLs
  • Top Rated North America 3PLs
  • Top Rated China 3PLs
  • Top Rated Europe Ground/Road 3PLs
  • Top Rated Brazil Warehousing/Contract Logistics 3PLs
  • Top Rated India Air/Ocean 3PLs

As of its launch, 3PLAdvisor.com contains the following profile information on over 280 3PLs:

  • Company Name
  • Basic Services Provided
  • Headquarters Location
  • Company Website
  • Contact Email Address
  • Overall Capability
  • Year Started in Logistics
  • Founding Business / Business Roots
  • Base of Operations
  • Market Area
  • Parent Corporation, Subsidiary / Related Companies
  • CEO
  • Total Logistics Revenue ($US)
  • Total Number of Logistics Employees
  • Total Annual International Ocean Freight Forwarding / NVOCC TEUs
  • Total Annual International Airfreight Forwarding Metric Tons
  • Total Number of Warehouses
  • Total Square Feet of Warehouses

3PL customers can register at: http://www.3pladvisor.com/login-company-profile/user-sign-up.aspx . Once a user account is created, a customer can rate its 3PLs.

3PLs who are not listed on 3PL Advisor are encouraged to sign up and submit a profile at:http://www.3pladvisor.com/login-company-profile/sign-up.aspx .

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include Restoration: 2009 3PL Market Analysis and 2010 Predictions, Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management – Market Size and Major Players, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

 

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Armstrong & Associates Reports U.S. Based 3PLs Dominate Contract Warehousing

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Armstrong & Associates Reports U.S. Based 3PLs Dominate Contract Warehousing

STOUGHTON, WI, November 17, 2010 – While Germany based DHL/Exel is the largest contract warehouseman in North America, 11 of the top 12 value-added (contract) warehousing and distribution (VAWD) companies are based in the United States. Many like Jacobson (#2), GENCO (#3), OHL (#4) and Kenco (#7) are privately-held. In general, U.S. based companies still have headquarters in their original hometowns.

Here’s a list of some major players:

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Detailed information on major VAWD companies and the warehousing industry is available in our North American Warehousing Report – 2010. The report includes financial, historical and performance results for contract and public warehousing. All of the major VAWD companies have extensive integrated transportation and/or transportation management functionality.

The report and other logistics and supply chain market research can be viewed and purchased online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include Restoration: 2009 3PL Market Analysis and 2010 Predictions, Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management – Market Size and Major Players, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

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Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929, Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Armstrong & Associates’ Report on the State of Warehousing in North America is Released

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Armstrong & Associates’ Report on the State of Warehousing in North America is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, October 19, 2010 – Commercial warehousing revenue in the United States will reach $50 billion this year according to a new report by Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Contract and public warehousing combined are expected to exceed 2008 revenues by 2% after declining in 2009. The contract and public commercial warehousing market now constitutes 45% of the total U.S. market. Details of these segments by vertical industry are provided, as well as lists of the top dry and refrigerated warehousing providers. This year’s report has expanded coverage on the Canadian and Mexican warehousing markets and the refrigerated warehousing segment.

The report provides updates on facility sizes, capacity, revenues, pricing, regional variations and vertical industries. Operating margins, EBITDA and EBIT margin distributions are provided for contract warehousing operations. The results show that profitability is not inherent to either of the models, but is determined by company cultures and pricing practices. Expected operating margins and profitability measures are compared to actual results. Statistical analyses detail the effects of open book relationships and leasing, versus ownership on overall warehouse profitability. Practitioners provide insight on the role and benefits of gainsharing relationships.

The analysis also explores the trend in the growth of contract warehousing at the expense of public warehousing. Three-year contracts are standard covering 48% of the contract warehousing relationships. Comparisons for open book versus closed book and building ownership/leasing arrangements have been calculated. Specifics for KPIs, value-added services and gainsharing are presented.

The report also includes components of standard warehouse pricing models. The major variables are space utilization, labor, administrative costs and target profitability margins. This standard costing methodology is used for both contract and public warehousing pricing. Gainsharing, single-factor carton pricing and other key pricing elements are examined. Charges for package handling, storage and value-added services are detailed in the report.

The complete study and other logistics and supply chain market research can be purchased by phone at +1-608-873-8929 or online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include Restoration: 2009 3PL Market Analysis and 2010 Predictions, Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management – Market Size and Major Players, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

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100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929, Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

18th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

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18th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

STOUGHTON, WI, September 16, 2010 – The 18th edition of the leading third-party logistics providers guide, Who’s Who in Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes – The Americas and International, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of 273 3PLs.

New 3PLs added this year include: Con-way Multimodal, enVista, Fidelitone Logistics, GLOVIS, Hercules Logistics & Forwarding, IMPERIAL Logistics, ITG GmbH Internationale Spedition + Logistik, Odyssey Logistics, OOCL Logistics, Pantos Logistics, Qingdao Smart Cargo International Services, Sataria Group, Shangdong Jiayi Logistics, Topocean Group, Universal Traffic Service, Wared Logistics, and WLG.

Of the 3PLs profiled, over 73% are private versus publicly traded companies. Who’s Who in Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, information technology, and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly evaluate providers for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as Cat Logistics, C.H. Robinson, CEVA, DB Schenker, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Menlo, NYK Logistics, Panalpina, Ryder, and UTi are covered extensively. In-depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players GENCO, Jacobson, Kenco, Kerry, Mainfreight, OHL, Rudolf, Werner, Wincanton and others. Important niche specialists like BNSF Logistics, Echo Global Logistics, Freightquote, LMS, Luis Simoes, SCI Logistics, and Transplace are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased at the increasing number of 3PLs being covered and the expansion of global coverage, especially in Asia. We are striving to continually build upon our goal of having information not available anywhere else. 132 of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. Each profile includes assessments of the 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and identifies 3PLs with the requisite capabilities necessary to be classified as Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Managers. These providers have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

The two volumes contain 1,622 pages of information. They are available as PDF file versions or via an Internet on-demand version as an annual subscription. Online subscribers also receive the PDF file versions of the guide with their annual subscription. For premium market information, companies often purchase our Expert Information Service (EIS) which includes an Online guide subscription, our annual financial, warehousing, and customers of 3PLs reports, and four hours of phone consulting for a discounted price.

The Who’s Who in Logistics guides, EIS subscription and other market research reports can be purchased online at: Guides & Market Research Reports.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates also publishes Restoration: 2009 3PL Market Analysis and 2010 Predictions, Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

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100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Chainalytics and Armstrong & Associates Form a Strategic Partnership

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Chainalytics and Armstrong & Associates Form a Strategic Partnership

Relationship to Make Model-Based Benchmarking Available to 3PLs

Atlanta – April 20, 2010 – Chainalytics LLC, a supply chain consulting firm focused on enabling fact-based supply chain decisions, and Armstrong & Associates, Inc., a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, announced today a multi-year marketing and co-branding partnership to develop Model-Based Benchmarking (MBBC) services for third-party logistics providers (3PLs). 3PLs will now have access to a similar range of benchmarking capabilities that Chainalytics had previously offered primarily to shippers in Fortune 100 retail, CPG, and manufacturing industries. Armstrong & Associates will be Chainalytics’ sole 3PL strategic marketing partner.

The agreement encompasses a joint marketing and industry analysis methodology to target all domestic 3PLs with significant transportation spend in truckload and intermodal, including dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed equipment types. As part of the service, 3PLs will receive a wealth of transportation information, including 3PL specific surveys, benchmarking rate comparisons, peer fuel program and operational factor analyses, and online tools for batch rating.

3PLs will no longer have to guess at contracted rates for markets which they are unfamiliar. Using Chainalytics’ proven MBBC approach and methodologies, 3PL members will be able to perform engineering studies and respond to RFPs with a broader understanding of domestic freight markets and trends. Chainalytics and Armstrong & Associates will jointly develop industry surveys focused on specific 3PL issues with econometric benchmarking data to insure consortium membership confidentiality.

“Chainalytics is the market leader in transportation benchmarking with its MBBC member base reaching $15B in annual freight spend,” said Evan Armstrong, President of Armstrong & Associates. “A benchmarking service that expands 3PLs’ market knowledge of transportation rates has been needed for many years. We are excited about working together with Chainalytics to extend benchmarking capability to 3PLs”.

“Armstrong & Associates’ track record as the de-facto standard in 3PL industry analysis and consulting is a big reason why we made the decision to partner,” said Matthew Harding, Principal Chainalytics. “The depth of Armstrong & Associates relationships and the breadth of its customer base and analysis in the 3PL market provide a unique opportunity to expand transportation market intelligence.”

The first phase of this partnership will focus on domestic over-the-road purchased transportation, with subsequent phases extending to Less-Than-Truckload, Ocean Import/Export, and Heavy Air models.

About Armstrong & Associates
Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships. Learn more at www.3PLogistics.com.

About Chainalytics
Chainalytics is a professional services firm that enhances competitive advantage and shareholder value through optimized supply chain strategies. Chainalytics’ fact-based decision making approach improves and innovates our clients’ strategies and tactics with particular emphasis on supply chain design, transportation strategies, inventory strategies, and product and customer portfolio planning. Offered as both project-based and managed services, this approach is achieved via a unique combination of domain expertise, resilient methodologies, and exclusive research and content – all supported by the world’s most advanced decision sciences tools and techniques. Chainalytics targets enterprises with a high degree of complexity created by their unique combinations of scale, change and geography. With offices in North America and Asia, Chainalytics serves companies globally in a borderless fashion. Learn more at www.chainalytics.com.

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Nicky Brown-Gilstrap
Chainalytics LLC
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ngilstrap@chainalytics.com

Spare Parts Logistics: Market Size and Major Players Report is Released

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Spare Parts Logistics: Market Size and Major Players Report is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, April 15, 2010 – Global spare/service parts logistics (SPL) revenue for third-party logistics providers (3PLs) has grown to $35 billion for the Automotive, Industrial and Technology vertical industries according to a new report just released by Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Technology generates the largest SPL revenue at $14.4 billion and Automotive is second at $12.5 billion.

The report breaks down revenues by major countries and regions. Revenues for the Technology vertical are broken down into nine sub segments.

The report includes detailed information on six major 3PLs. The global supply chain capable 3PLs covered are Cat Logistics, CEVA, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker and UPS.

The complete report and other Armstrong & Associates research can be found at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:
Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include Swan Dive: 2008 U.S. and Global Third-Party Logistics Market Revenues, 2009 Estimates and a Review of Mergers and Acquisitions; Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Armstrong at +1-800-525-3915, or email Dick@3PLogistics.com.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

New “TKO” Turn-Key Logistics Outsourcing Service Introduced

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New “TKO” Turn-Key Logistics Outsourcing Service Introduced

STOUGHTON, WI – Since 1984, Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) has helped companies outsource logistics operations. Adapting to market changes, A&A now offers an outsourcing reality check and third-party logistics provider (3PL) prospect service to aid companies in getting their 3PL evaluation and selection process off on the right foot. Through its “TKO” – Turn-Key Outsourcing methodology, A&A can help design the process and identify the best 3PLs for a targeted result. A&A can provide significant input within hours of contact. Fees are very modest.

More information is available at https://www.3plogistics.com/TKO-TurnKeyOutsourcing.htm, or call Dick or Evan Armstrong at 1-800-525-3915.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates also publishes Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices; Swan Dive: U.S. and Global 3PL Market Revenues, 2009 Estimates and a Review of Mergers and Acquisitions; and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

Source:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle
Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

17th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

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17th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

STOUGHTON, WI – The 17th edition of the leading third-party logistics providers guide, Who’s Who in Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes – The Americas and International, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of 263 3PLs.

Of the 3PLs profiled, over 70% are private versus publicly traded companies. Who’s Who in Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, information technology, and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly evaluate providers for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as C.H. Robinson, CEVA, DB Schenker, DHL, Expeditors, Kuehne + Nagel, Menlo, Panalpina, Penske, Ryder, and UTi are covered extensively. In-depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players Fiege, GENCO, Kenco, Kerry, Mainfreight, OHL, Rudolf, Werner, Wincanton and others. Important niche specialists like ATC Logistics & Electronics, BNSF Logistics, Freightquote, Luis Simoes, SCI Logistics, and Transplace are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Richard Armstrong, chairman of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased with the quality of our global information expansion. 127 of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. Each profile includes assessments of the 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and identifies 3PLs with the requisite capabilities necessary to be classified as Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Managers. These providers have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

The two volumes contain 1,535 pages of information. They are available as PDF file versions or via an Internet on-demand version as an annual subscription. Online subscribers also receive the PDF file versions of the guide with their annual subscription. For premium market information, companies often purchase our Expert Information Service (EIS) which includes an online guide subscription, our annual financial, warehousing, and customers of 3PLs reports, and four hours of phone consulting for a discounted price.

The Who’s Who in Logistics guides, EIS subscriptions and other market research reports can be purchased online at: Guides & Market Research Reports.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates also publishes Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices; Swan Dive: U.S. and Global 3PL Market Revenues, 2009 Estimates and a Review of Mergers and Acquisitions; and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.
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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle
Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

U.S. and Global Third-Party Logistics Market Analysis is Released

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U.S. and Global Third-Party Logistics Market Analysis is Released

STOUGHTON, WI, May 21, 2009 – After 11 modest months in 2008, third-party logistics revenues dove in December and have remained depressed in 2009. While a few third-party logistics providers (3PLs) could drown, most are treading water and some are swimming strongly.

Our recent survey and analysis shows gross revenue (turnover) for 3PLs down by 8.8% for 2009. Net revenues (gross margins) were less impacted for many non-asset transportation managers and leading value-added warehousing 3PLs.

Expeditors, C.H. Robinson, Kuehne + Nagel and other major transportation managers report net revenues decreased 3% to 10%. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDAs) and earnings before interest and tax (EBITs) fell proportionately. Additionally, net revenues are expected to be down another 5% this year for the transportation management group.

In a recent survey, for 3PLs as a group 60% are reporting lower gross and net revenues for this year. Among value-added warehousing 3PLs, 57% are reporting increased net revenues. Automotive and retail vertical industries were the main drags on 3PL market growth for 2009 with projected revenues down 32% and 23% respectively. The food and grocery vertical and 3PL returns management subsegment are up for the year. GENCO, Kenco and New Breed expect revenues to increase in 2009.

Table 1. Estimated Revenue and Net Income Reductions by 3PL Segment – 2009

2008 Results – U.S.

2008 could be remembered as “lackluster” or “it could have been worse.” Gross revenues for third-party logistics in the United States grew 6.7% in 2008. Net revenues grew 4.7% compared to 7.2% in 2007 as the logistics part of the economy continued to slow before it dove in December. Combined EBIT for 3PLs was 8.9% of net revenue. Net income increased only 1.5% and was 5.3% of net revenue. Overall growth and the net profit ratio of 94.7 was the weakest since we began tracking it for FY1996.

Figure 1. U.S. 3PL Market 1996 – 2010E (US$ Billions)

We estimate that 2009 will be the first recorded negative year in 3PL gross revenue growth since we started tracking it in 1996.

The complete report is available from Armstrong & Associates online at: Guides & Market Research Reports.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

For more information please contact:

Richard or Evan Armstrong +1-800-525-3915, or e-mail Dick@3PLogistics.com or Evan@3PLogistics.com.

Source:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Fax: (608) 873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

3PL Customers Report Identifies Service Trends, 3PL Market Segment Sizes and Growth Rates

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3PL Customers Report Identifies Service Trends, 3PL Market Segment Sizes and Growth Rates

STOUGHTON, WI – Seventy-seven percent of Domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions according to a new report just issued by Armstrong & Associates. The report “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships – 2009” leverages Armstrong & Associates’ proprietary database of 3,936 3PL customer relationships and provides detailed information on the top outsourcers to 3PLs, service demand and 3PL market size by vertical industry segment from 2005 through 2008.

According to the report, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart, PepsiCo, and Ford Motor each use 30 or more 3PLs. The report also quantifies the Global Fortune 500 3PL market at $187.4 billion for 2007 with growth to $199.7 billion in 2008. Within the Global 500, “Technological” vertical industry 3PL customers spent over $45 billion with 3PLs in 2007 and 2008. “Electronics, Electrical Equipment” companies led all Technological vertical sub segments with over $18 billion in 3PL spend.

The average customer is utilizing each 3PL for three distinct services. Of the total 3,936 3PL/Customer relationships, 728 or 18.5% are strategic with the 3PLs performing supply chain management and/or lead logistics provider services. The remaining 81.5% can be classified as tactical relationships. The most important services by vertical industry are also highlighted.

Commenting on the report, Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates said, “This year’s analysis of customer relationships is our best to date and builds upon our previous reports. For the first time we have included vertical industry 3PL spend estimates for years 2005 through 2008. We have also expanded our vertical industry sub segment analysis. The report breaks down elements, technology, retailing and other verticals into their sub segments.”

The complete report is available from Armstrong & Associates online at: Guides & Market Research Reports.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain information systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include “Warehousing in North America – 2009 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Costs, Prices and Practices” and “Hanging Tough – U.S. and Global – 3PL Financial & Acquisition Results for 2007 and Projections to 2010”.

For more information please contact:

Evan or Richard Armstrong (800) 525-3915, or e-mail Evan@3PLogistics.com or Dick@3PLogistics.com.

Source:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Fax: (608) 873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Logistics Outsourcing in Brazil – 2008

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Logistics Outsourcing in Brazil – 2008

STOUGHTON, WI (October 6, 2008) – Brazilian third-party logistics revenues have increased over four times in the last five years to an estimated $14 billion according to a new report, Logistics Outsourcing in Brazil, by Armstrong & Associates. Median 3PL revenue was estimated at $105 million for 2007. Based on revenues, Brazilian 3PLs average two-thirds the size of U.S. based counterparts. The median number of employees for Brazilian 3PLs is 700 and the revenue per employee is $32 thousand. The largest Brazilian third-party logistics companies include: MRS Logística, Julio Simões, Rapidão Cometa, and Log-In Logística.

The report provides a list of over 100 Brazilian logistics services providers with primary information on each company and detailed profiles for 3PLs covered in Armstrong’s Who’s Who in Logistics guides.

Information in the report covers services offered as well as outsourced activities by industry verticals. Information technologies are also reported. The nature of the market and governmental constraints are discussed. The complete report contains 62 pages.

The report with appendices can be purchased by phone at +1-800-525-3915 or online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International. Recent research papers include Warehousing in North America – 2008, Hanging Tough – U.S. and Global – 3PL Financial and Acquisition Results for 2007 and Projections to 2010, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

For more information, contact: Richard Armstrong at +1-800-525-3915 or e-mail Armstrong@3plogistics.com.

Source: Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929
Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

16th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

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16th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) Guide Released

STOUGHTON, WI – The 16th edition of the leading third-party logistics guide, Who’s Who in Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes – The Americas and International, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of 242 3PLs.

Of the 3PLs profiled, over 70% are private versus publicly traded companies. Who’s Who in Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, information technology, and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly evaluate providers for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as C.H. Robinson, CEVA, DHL, Expeditors, Kuehne + Nagel, Penske, Ryder, and Schenker are covered extensively. In-depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players Fiege, Menlo, NFI, Ozburn-Hessey, Kenco, Kerry, Rudolf and others. Important niche specialists like ATC Logistics & Electronics, BNSF Logistics, Freightquote, GENCO, Luis Simoes, SCI Logistics (Progistix), Transplace and Verst Group are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Richard Armstrong, chairman of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased with the quality of our global information expansion. 119 of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. Each profile includes assessments of 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and identifies 3PLs with the requisite capabilities necessary to be classified as Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Managers. These providers have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

The two volumes contain 1,384 pages of information. They are available as PDF file versions or via an internet on-demand version as an annual subscription. Online subscribers also receive the PDF file versions of the guide with their annual subscription. For premium market information, companies often purchase our Expert Information Service (EIS) which includes an online guide subscription, our annual financial, warehousing, and customers of 3PLs reports, and four hours of phone consulting for a discounted price.

The Who’s Who in Logistics guides, EIS subscriptions and other market research reports can be purchased online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates also publishes Warehousing in North America – 2008 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Prices and Practices, U.S. and Global – 3PL Financial and Acquisition Results for 2007 and Projections to 2010, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

Source:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle
Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929 Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Warehousing in North America – 2008

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Warehousing in North America – 2008

STOUGHTON, WI, May 30, 2008 – Commercial warehousing in the United States has reached $37.5 billion according to a new report by Armstrong & Associates, Inc. The number of commercial warehouses is estimated at 8,000 with 1.3 billion square feet of space. Market growth was 7.7% for 2007 and commercial warehousing now constitutes one-third of total U.S. warehousing.

The report contains detailed information of the contract and public segments of the commercial warehousing market. Lists of the top dry and refrigerated warehousing providers with overall storage capacities are provided. Operating margins, EBITDA and EBIT margin distributions are provided for contract warehousing operations. Three year contracts are standard covering 54% of the contract warehousing market. Comparisons for open book versus closed book and building ownership/leasing arrangements have been calculated. Specifics for KPIs, value-added services and gainsharing are presented. This year’s report has expanded coverage on the Canadian warehousing market.

In the report, components of standard warehouse pricing models are given. The major variables are space utilization, labor, administrative costs and target profitability margins. This standard costing methodology is used for both contract and public warehousing pricing. Gainsharing, single-factor carton pricing and other key pricing elements are explained. Public warehousing pallet handling charges were found to vary regionally from $5.75 to $6.79. Package handling, storage and value-added service charges are detailed in the report.

Expected operating margins and profitability measures are compared to actual results for the warehousing providers participating in the study. These relationships are reviewed in detail and in reference to the warehouse pricing “Negotiation Zone.” Statistical analyses detail the effects of open book relationships and leasing versus ownership on overall warehouse profitability.

The analysis explores the trend in the growth of contract warehousing at the expense of public warehousing. The results indicate, however, that profitability is not inherent in either of the models but owes more to company cultures and practices.

The complete study with appendices is available from Armstrong & Associates. It can be purchased by phone at +1-608-873-8929 or online at: www.3plogistics.com.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.: Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in North American Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Who’s Who in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Recent research papers include Hanging Tough – U.S. and Global Third-Party Logistics Market Financial and Acquisition Results for 2007 and Projections to 2010 and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

For more information, contact: Richard Armstrong +1-800-525-3915 or email Armstrong@3PLogistics.com.

Source: Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929
Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Hanging Tough – 3PL Market and Financial Results Released

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Hanging Tough – 3PL Market and Financial Results Released

STOUGHTON, WI, April 29, 2008 – Despite an ongoing freight recession in 2007, U.S. third-party logistics service provider (3PL) revenues grew to $122 billion. Growth was 7.4% in gross revenue (turnover) and 7.2% in net revenue. World revenues grew to $487 billion driven by Asian results.

3PL revenue growth was highest in non-asset transportation management. Overall growth continued a pattern of being more than three times the growth in U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). 3PL growth continues to be driven by companies outsourcing to concentrate on core competences, the need for sophisticated supply chain information technology solutions, and globalization.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. projects that U.S. 3PL revenues will exceed $150 billion in 2010 after a modest year (5.5% increase) in 2008 and an improving year (7.5% increase) in 2009.

Net revenue for International transportation management (ITM) including Expeditors Int’l, Kuehne + Nagel and DHL Global Forwarding grew by 9.5%.

Domestic transportation management (DTM) grew 8% with net income margins averaging 13.4%. DTM includes freight brokerage and related value-added services. C.H. Robinson dominates DTM with 34% of net revenues and 66% of EBIT.

Third-party logistics continued to consolidate in 2007. Strategic purchases and private equity investments continued across functionalities. Wall Street analysts became concerned about the inherently lower profit margins in VAWD. In addition, investors continued their preferences for non-asset based activities.

The complete report can be obtained online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.
Armstrong & Associates’ Extended Information Service subscribers will receive the report this week.
Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in North American Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Who’s Who in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Recent research papers include Warehousing in North America, RFP Activity and Expected Profit Margins for 3PLs, Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships, and Third-Party Logistics: Size and Scale Classification.

For more information, contact: Richard Armstrong +1-800-525-3915 or e-mail Dick@3PLogistics.com.

Source: Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: +1-608-873-8929
Fax: +1-608-873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

3PL Customers Report Identifies Trends and Market Segments

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3PL Customers Report Identifies Trends and Market Segments

STOUGHTON, WI – Three-fourths of domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions according to a new report just issued by Armstrong & Associates. The report “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships” utilizes Armstrong & Associates’ proprietary database of 3,334 3PL customer relationships and provides detailed information on the top outsourcers to 3PLs, service demand and market size by industry segment.

According to the report, General Motors, Wal-Mart, DaimlerChrysler, and Ford Motor each use 31 or more 3PLs. The report also quantifies the Global Fortune 500 3PL market at $162 billion. Automotive 3PL customers spent an estimated $39.1 billion with 3PLs.

The average customer is utilizing each 3PL for three distinct services. Supply chain management, lead logistics and integrated services continue to expand.

Commenting on the report, Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates said, “We feel that this analysis of customer relationships is our best to date and builds upon our previous reports. The greatest penetration of automotive accounts is by Rudolph, Thiel, CEVA, Ryder, Penske, and Menlo. Retailing relationships are led by Wincanton and YRC Logistics. DHL Logistics and UPS SCS are the leaders for Fortune’s technology sector.” The report breaks down technology, retailing and other industry verticals into their sub segments. Electronics and electrical equipment constitutes 45% of the technology vertical.

The complete report is available from Armstrong & Associates online at www.3PLogistics.com.

About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain market research and consulting firm specializing in 3PL market research, provider benchmarking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in North American Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Who’s Who in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Recent research papers include “Warehousing in North America – 2007 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Prices and Practices” and “U.S. and Global – 3PL Financial and Acquisition Results.” In addition, Armstrong & Associates maintains databases of warehousemen, freight forwarders and third-party logistics and transportation companies.

For more information please contact:

Richard or Evan Armstrong (800) 525-3915 or e-mail Dick@3PLogistics.com or Evan@3PLogistics.com.

Source:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle, Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Fax: (608) 873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

15th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Guide Released

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15th Edition of Leading Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Guide Released

STOUGHTON, WI – The 15th edition of the leading third-party logistics guide, Who’s Who In Logistics, has just been released. The new edition, in two volumes, has been expanded with in-depth profiles of over 200 3PLs.

Who’s Who In Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, IT usage and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly develop solid choices for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Who’s Who In Logistics profiles individual 3PL financial information, key personnel, IT usage and service capabilities. In addition, editorial evaluations, case studies and important news events are reported. Information is presented in sufficient detail to allow companies to quickly develop solid choices for logistics outsourcing initiatives.

Global supply chain managers such as DHL, CEVA, Kuehne + Nagel, Schenker/BAX, Expeditors, Penske and Ryder are covered extensively. In depth profiles are also presented for continentally based major players Fiege, Menlo, NFI, Ozburn-Hessey, Kenco, Kerry, Rudolf and others. Important niche specialists like ATC Logistics & Electronics, BNSF Logistics, Freightquote, GENCO, Luis Simoes, Progistix, Transplace and Verst Group are reviewed in detail.

“Since our first publication in 1994, our guides have become a primary information source for third-party logistics market information,” said Richard Armstrong, chairman of Armstrong & Associates. “We are pleased with the quality of our global information expansion. 84 of the 3PL profiles highlight international providers. In our last edition, we added assessments of 3PLs overall capabilities, strengths and weaknesses to each profile. In this edition we took it one step further by adding the designation Tier 1 Global Supply Chain Manager for over twenty major 3PLs. These providers all have extensive IT capabilities, over 5,000 employees and provide service to 90% or more of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

Both volumes can be purchased online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates:

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and logistics outsourcing. Armstrong & Associates also publishes “Warehousing in North America – 2007 Market Size, Major 3PLs, Benchmarking Prices and Practices”, “U.S. and Global – 3PL Financial and Acquisition Results – 2006”, and Who’s Who in Latin American Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
100 Business Park Circle
Suite 202
Stoughton, WI 53589 USA
Phone: (608) 873-8929 Fax: (608) 873-5509
Website: www.3PLogistics.com

Warehousing in North America – 2007

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Warehousing in North America – 2007

STOUGHTON, WI, May 21 2007 – Commercial warehousing in the United States has reached nearly $33 billion according to a new report by Armstrong & Associates. The number of commercial warehouses is estimated at 7,900 with 1.25 billion square feet of space. Growth was 9.7% for 2006.

The report contains detailed information of the contract and public warehousing markets. Operating margins, EBITDA and EBIT distributions are given for contract warehousing operations. Three year contracts are standard covering 54% of the market. Comparisons for open book versus closed book and building ownership/leasing situations have been calculated. Summaries for KPIs, value-added services and gainsharing are presented.

In the report, components of standard warehouse pricing models are given. The major variables are space utilization, labor, administrative costs and margins. This standard costing methodology is used for both contract and public warehousing. Gainsharing, single-factor carton pricing and other key pricing elements are explained. Public warehousing pallet handling charges were found to vary regionally from $5.75 to $6.79. Package handling, storage and value-added service charges are detailed in the report.

Expected operating margins and profitability measures are compared to actual results for 3PLs in the study. These relationships are reviewed in detail and in reference to the “Negotiation Zone.” Statistical analyses were performed showing the effects on profitability of open book relationships and leasing versus ownership.

The analysis emphasizes the growth of contract warehousing at the expense of public warehousing. The results indicate however, that profitability is not inherent in either of the models but owes more to company cultures and practices.

The complete study with appendices is available from Armstrong & Associates. It can be purchased by phone at +1-608-873-8929, or online at: https://www.3plogistics.com/shopsite/index.html.

About Armstrong & Associates: Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management consulting firm specializing in market research, mergers and acquisitions and logistics outsourcing. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who In Logistics. Recent research papers include: “Concentration – Third-Party Logistics Financial and Acquisition Results for 2006,” and “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.” In addition, Armstrong & Associates maintains databases of warehousing companies, freight forwarders, third-party logistics providers, and distributors.

For more information, contact: Richard Armstrong (800) 525-3915 or e-mail Armstrong@3PLogistics.com.

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