From 4PL to Managed Supply-Chain Operations

Bumstead, Jon; Cannons, Kempton
May 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2002, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p18
Trade Publication
The term 4PL was first coined and registered by Accenture as a trademark in 1996. This paper sets the record straight and returns to the first principles to explain why the original concept is only now coming to fruition. The world of supply-chain management has been engaged in an entertaining debate about the definition and role of a concept known as the Fourth Party Logistics Provider or 4PL. Major players within logistics have repeatedly clashed over what a 4PL is and which of them could genuinely lay claim to being one. Nevertheless, some traditional third-party logistics providers deftly hijacked the new 4PL term to give them license to move into other higher margin areas of the supply-chain. INSET: Case Study — Vector 4PL..


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