Lots of companies are used to working with so called 4PL (fourth party logistics). For all logistical activities within the supply chain the 4PL is the single point of contact. They have a complete overview on all information flows and are therefore able to continously improve and execute optimizations.
However, FPC thinks it is strange that packing is a subject that in practice is often preferably handled internally. Apparently this is a subject that is easily overlooked, or that may even be underestimated regarding importance.
Outsourcing logistics makes sense
It makes sense that companies outsource logistics to a 4PL because meeting agreed service levels (SLA) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) are subjects that are becoming more and more important and that are crucial to satisfy customers. Next to that today’s supply chain is harder and harder to manage, caused by increasing globalization and complexity.
Servitization – Logistics as a key to success
Servitization is a frequently used business model at the moment. The reliability and professionality of all logistical facets around this “complete unburdening” are then even more crucial for your success. Your performance has a direct impact on your image as a reliable partner. You can simply not afford to randomly send products to your customers any more.
“Should we call a company that takes over the complete care concerning packaging 4PP? A company that is the single point of contact for all packaging related activities in the supply chain. With a complete overview and capable of continuous improvement and optimization.”
4PP (Fourth Party Packaging) – Don’t we forget the packaging?
Where 4PL is often mentioned in one breath with logistics, people often hesitate to hire external expertise in the area of packing and packaging. Your logistics is indissolubly connected to packing. The role and therefore the risk of damage of packing within the chain cannot be underestimated. Also the efficiency improvements and savings across the chain are often not recognized and acknowledged.
Unfortunately in practice there is often no integral chain approach or policy. The functional structure of most organizations leads to the fact that packing is an unnoticed value drain because no one is overall process responsible. And this while the strategic importance of a detailed and integral packaging management is growing for many companies.
Should we call a company that takes over the complete care concerning packaging 4PP? A company that is the single point of contact for all packaging related activities in the supply chain. With a complete overview and capable of continuous improvement and optimization. FPC can and wants to fill in this role.
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