Third-Party Logistics suppliers are collaborating with software development companies to automate warehouse operation


Third-party Logistics Market Category Intelligence

Global third-party logistics (3PL) market size was estimated at USD 889 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 1,315 billion in 2025; is expected to witness sustainable growth (CAGR of 8%) from 2020 to 2025.

The continuous shift to e-commerce due to pandemic have fueled the need of robotics and automation solution across third-party logistics services for global organizations. However, these automation integrations take months largely because the software that operates them must be manually configured to work with an individual warehouse management system. DHL in collaboration with Blue Yonder is installing robotics solution, programmed with the ability to speak to different systems, removing the need for software configuration at each warehouse. This robotics hub would operate as middleware between the warehouse management system and the fleet management system. It standardizes the data and tasks that flow between the two systems such as, shelf location of a retail product, the quantity of a product to pick, etc.

Similarly, C.H. Robinson integrated 19 transportation management systems (TMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems into the company’s global multimodal transportation management system, Navisphere. This integration offers access to real-time pricing and capacity assurance and nearly eliminates the time required to get market quotes and book loads, making this a virtually instantaneous process. This integration offers access to real-time pricing and capacity assurance by eliminating the time required to get market quotes and book loads. This automation also provides greater flexibility and efficiencies for shippers at a critical time when they are faced with changing customer buying habits and supply chain disruptions such as COVID-19.

Third-party Logistics Market Procurement Intelligence

  • Supplier Intelligence
  • Supplier Ranking
  • Competitive Landscape
  • Pricing and Cost Intelligence
  • Best Practices
  • Engagement Model Analysis
  • Day One Analysis
  • Sourcing Intelligence
  • Low & Best Cost Country Analysis

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Third-party Logistics Market Cost Intelligence Highlights

·        Growing adoption of Transportation Management System (TMS) is aiding to the growth of the third-party logistics market

·        The global 3PL market is highly fragmented and competitive, with many large corporations striking strategic partnerships with mid-sized or small-sized companies to leverage their regional logistics capabilities

·        Though cost transparency is lower, cost plus pricing model is offered by the suppliers to maximize profits with less management complexities

·        The Chinese government has lowered transportation costs for export and import enterprises temporarily as part of the efforts to ensure that work is resumed as soon as possible and the foreign trade sector remains afloat amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic

3PL Types

  • Dedicated Contract Carriage
  • Domestic Transportation Management
  • International Transportation Management
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Value-added logistic services


Add-On Services

  • Should Cost Analysis
  • Rate Benchmarking
  • Salary Benchmarking
  • Supplier Newsletter

Grand View Research has identified the following key cost components for availing 3PL Services:

  • Transportation
    • Road
    • Sea
    • Air
    • Rail
  • Warehousing
    • Order Picking
    • Storage
    • Shipping
    • Receiving
    • Others
  • Inventory Carrying and Administration
    • Insurance
    • Freight
    • Service Fee
    • Storage
    • Admin

Warehousing and transportation are the major cost components of a 3PL Services, accounting for more than 70% of the total cost of service.

List of Key Suppliers in the third-party logistics market

  • DHL International GmbH
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Kuehne + Nagel International AG
  • United Parcel Service
  • H. Robinson
  • XPO Logistics
  • Nippon Express
  • DB Schenker
  • Sinotrans Limited
  • Expeditors

Industry News

  • In July 2021, Welspun One Logistics announced an investment of more than USD260 million to develop and lease a portfolio of 7-8 million square feet of grade-A warehousing spaces across India.
  • In April 2021, DSV Panalpina A/S announced an agreement to acquire Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business. With this acquisition, Agility will become DSV’s second-largest shareholder, with an 8% ownership in the company.

3PL Market Cost Share


  • Storage
  • Air Shipment
  • Sea Shipment


  • Inventory Management System
  • Road Shipment
  • Rail Shipment

Industry Drivers

  • Fast growth of e-commerce and increasing focus on core business activities
  • Rapid adoption of logistics software and IT applications, to increase distribution coverage, is expected to boost the demand for 3PL services globally
  • 3PL suppliers are collaborating with regional players to benefit from their knowledge of the local market, and maintain high-profit margins, low overhead costs, and their overall competitiveness
  • Advent of automation in logistics services is helping providers realize savings in processing and transportation costs.

Industry Opportunities

  • manufacturers and end-use industries in emerging countries lack the internal control required for addressing logistics challenges

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Contract Research Organization Market Procurement Intelligence, Supplier Intelligence, Supplier Ranking, Pricing & Cost Structure Intelligence, Best Practices, Engagement Model, Low & Best Cost Country, Day One Analysis Report, 2020 – 2025

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