In today’s highly competitive market, sophisticated DC automation can provide companies with an edge. If they can afford it. The problem is, not all companies can. Fortunately, there is a solution. Outsourcing.
Cliff Holste’s, Supply Chain Digest blog, “Will the Trend Towards High End DC Automation Drive More Companies to 3PL Options?” discusses how the high costs associated with sophisticated automation equipment have the potential to drive more and more companies to explore 3PL options in order to stay competitive. More importantly, however, it poses some thought provoking questions. Because, as Holste says, to hire the right 3PL, “these companies need to understand the limits of their own operations and reasons for outsourcing.”
To help with the self-exploration process he walks the reader through a series of internal (why do we need this?) and external (what can you do for me?) questions to consider before outsourcing.
For excellent insight and questions to consider before outsourcing, read the full post.