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A Look at Some Implementation Options for Third-Party Logistics

Robert Rogulic

Robert Rogulic is an avid outdoorsman who has found professional success in the logistics and trucking industry. The founder of Tri-National, Inc., of Earth City, Missouri, Robert Rogulic serves the truck carrier and transportation services provider as CEO. Tri-National conducts operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with a focus on comprehensive third-party logistics. Third-party logistics, or 3PL, encompasses outsourced freight management, warehousing, and distribution services.

Often, 3PL service providers focus on a transportation-based approach. Under this approach, providers leverage the services of other companies to provide comprehensive logistics services that include warehousing, technology solutions, and claims services. However, 3PL also can be implemented with a management focus.
Management-based logistics providers take a comprehensive approach, addressing all aspects of the shipping process from start to finish. The management approach typically includes a transportation management system, reporting capabilities, and carrier management.
Third-party logistics also can be implemented with a financial or information-based mindset. While financial 3PL providers focus on billing, accounting services, and inventory management tools, information-based firms specialize in business-to-business services. Information-based firms are often Internet-based as well.

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