Global 3PL Services Market - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Procurement and supply market intelligence insights to identify the category growth drivers, sustainability practices, and pricing models are available in this 3PL services procurement report.

  • Published: May 2018
  • Pages: 70
  • SKU: IRCMSTR11022
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According to this procurement report, the supply market for 3PL services will witness an increase in the spend momentum over the next couple of years. Much of this growth can be attributed to the rise in adoption of 3PL services among the key-end user segments. At present, FMCG, healthcare, and automobile are the industries that will witness a high demand for 3PL services. This, in turn, will boost the overall category spend. This procurement report also offers a comprehensive analysis of the global category spend and the category growth constraints affecting the procurement of 3PL services.

Why should you buy the report?

This 3PL services procurement report offers detailed information on the current market, category pricing, and top suppliers in the category. In this procurement report, the category spend is analyzed from the perspective of the buyers and the suppliers. The procurement insights offered in this report will help the buyers:

  • Understand the spend potential within the global 3pl services market
  • Identify the key market dynamics
  • Understand the sustainability practices
  • Understand the demand-supply shifts
  • Identify the key growth constraints

Understand the global category spend        

This procurement report, which is an integral part of SpendEdges logistics, warehousing, and transportation category, states that the growth of end-user industries will influence the overall category spend. At present, the retail industry is considered to be one of the major end-users, accounting for a majority of the global market share. This 3PL services procurement report also offers a coverage of:

  • Global spend on 3pl services for the period of 2017-2022
  • Major regulatory frameworks
  • Global and regional impact of trends
  • Cost-saving opportunities

Optimize category spend

In the 3PL services category, the buyers should negotiate with the service providers to include a pilot phase before the full contracts are signed. This will help the buyers to gain better visibility over their operational structure. In addition, buyers in the market should collaborate with the suppliers who have automated complex manual processes in place. This procurement report also helps the buyers optimize their category spend by providing insights on:

  • Category maturity by regions
  • Category spend analysis
  • Current technological innovations
  • Strategic sustainability practices

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Understand the supply landscape

A comprehensive supply market analysis for 3PL services also shows that the buyers are facing challenges in terms delivery timelines. Any delay in the delivery can further affect the relationship between the buyers and the customers. To help buyers understand the supply landscape, this procurement report offers a coverage of:

  • Suppliers operational capability
  • Other prominent suppliers by region
  • Suppliers functional capability

Build effective category management strategies

A major category requirement for the buyers is to identify the suppliers who offer services for efficient transportation management, warehousing management, and freight management. In addition, the service providers should invest in technologies such as predictive analytics, big data, and transport management systems. Strategic insights offered in this procurement report include an analysis of:

  • Procurement best practices
  • Cost-saving opportunities
  • Category negotiation strategies

This 3PL services procurement report also identifies the top suppliers and the sustainability practices to help the buyers identify the cost-saving opportunities.

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PART 01: Executive Summary

PART 02: Market Insights

  • Global category spend
  • Category spend growth
  • Spend segmentation by region
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional influence on global spend
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers

PART 03: Category Pricing Insights

  • Pricing outlook
  • Supplier cost structure
  • Outlook for input costs
  • Total cost of ownership analysis
  • Overview of pricing models
  • Comparison of pricing models
  • Supply chain margins
  • Cost drivers impacting pricing
  • Volume drivers impacting pricing

PART 04: Cost-Saving Opportunities

  • Supplier side levers
  • Buyer side levers
  • Quantifying cost-saving opportunities
  • Quantifying cost savings by negotiation strategies

PART 05: Best Practices

  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence best practices
  • Procurement best practices
  • Sustainability practices

PART 06: Category Ecosystem

  • Market favorability index for suppliers
  • Competitiveness index for suppliers
  • Buyer power
  • Supplier power
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Buyer ecosystem
  • Supplier ecosystem

PART 07: Category Management Strategy

  • Category management objectives
  • Supplier and buyer KPIs
  • Outsourcing category management activities
  • Risk management

PART 08: Category Management Enablers

  • Procurement organization
  • Category enablers

PART 09: Suppliers Selection

  • RFx essentials
  • Supplier selection criteria
  • Service level agreement
  • Incumbent supplier evaluation metrics

PART 10: Suppliers Under Coverage

  • Overview
  • Supplier positioning
  • Profile: DHL
  • Profile: KUEHNE + NAGEL
  • Profile: DB Schenker
  • Profile: Nippon Express
  • Profile: C.H. Robinson
  • Profile: UPS

PART 11: US Market Insights

  • Category spend in the US
  • Price outlook
  • Supplier cost structure in the US
  • Margins of suppliers in the US
  • Category cost drivers
  • Category volume drivers
  • Overview of best practices in the US
  • Procurement best practices in the US
  • US supply market overview
  • Supplier positioning for the US
  • Regional category risks

PART 12: Category Definition

  • Category hierarchy
  • Category scope
  • Category map

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations
  • Key notes
  • Global category spend (2017-2022)
  • Category spend growth (2017-2022)
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Regional spend dynamics
  • Comparison of category maturity across regions
  • Regional spend opportunity for suppliers (2017-2022)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Input cost dynamics
  • Total cost of ownership model
  • Benefit comparison of pricing models
  • Pricing models – comparison matrix
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Supply side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunities: Demand side levers
  • Cost-saving opportunity matrix
  • Negotiation grid
  • Innovation and success stories
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management metrics
  • Strategic sourcing and category management metrics
  • Technology-facilitated procurement metrics
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Sustainability practices: Impact on the category
  • Sustainability best practices
  • Market environment score
  • Market competitiveness score
  • Buyer power score
  • Supplier power score
  • Ease of market entry score
  • Ease of substitution score
  • Buyer ecosystem: Outlook
  • Supplier ecosystem: Outlook
  • Ecosystem disruption threats
  • Key category management objectives
  • Supplier KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Buyer KPI dashboard: Importance for the category
  • Category management enablers
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category enablers: Procurement model
  • Category enablers: Technology
  • RFx questions
  • Phase I RFI considerations
  • SLA terms
  • Supplier performance benchmarking criteria
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • DHL – Key information dashboard
  • KUEHNE + NAGEL – Key information dashboard
  • DB Schenker– Key information dashboard
  • Nippon Express – Key information dashboard
  • C.H. Robinson– Key information dashboard
  • UPS – Key information dashboard
  • US category spend (2017-2022)
  • Category pricing dynamics
  • Supplier cost breakup
  • Supplier margin analysis
  • Margin analysis across supply chain
  • Cost drivers
  • Volume drivers
  • Procurement excellence summary: Impact on the category
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Strategic sourcing and category management
  • Technology-facilitated procurement
  • Procurement best practices dashboard
  • Supplier operational capability matrix
  • Supplier positioning matrix
  • Risk management matrix
  • Category definition1
  • Category nuances2
  • Importance of category relative to other categories3


Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings



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