Outsourcing is when a company entrusts operations involving its goods to a logistics partner, rather than carrying them out directly. There are different outsourcing options. One consists of full delegation to a logistics provider with its own spaces and manpower, while the other consists in entrusting only part of the logistics process to third parties, for example road transport, while the other activities remain the responsibility of the client company.
Relying on a partner to outsource logistics services has various benefits. First of all, greater operational flexibility and the ability to focus on your core business.
Another key aspect is cost reduction. Outsourcing reduces staff, storage and transport costs. There is thus no longer a need to invest capital in buildings, plants and personnel. The decision to outsource your logistics entails choices with a significant and complex impact on the company. First, it is necessary to conduct a feasibility study and entrust the role to a partner who can guarantee an excellent service by defining all the technical, performance and contractual aspects. Objectives will subsequently be established with a view to common growth. An outsourced logistics system must be able to function in compliance with the methods and timings dictated by the customer.