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A Study on the Third-party Logistics Industry in Mexico

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Abstract: The global growth of the Third-party Logistics (3PL) industry increases opportunities for providers but also increases the challenges in the business as the market becomes more complex and difficult to achieve integration of logistics. The present document is qualitative research. It is based on documentary research with secondary sources of information about the 3PL logistics industry in Mexico. The purpose of this document is to show the performance of the 3PL industry and the perceptions of Mexican companies with research from 2006 to 2017 through the study of four elements: the most frequently outsourced services, reasons and benefits for outsourcing logistics services, services to be outsourced in the future, and information systems and communication. This study reveals the value of the 3PL industry in Mexico, as well as the challenges in expanding the business according to the needs of the market. In order to achieve the competitiveness of logistics services required by the supply chain, a commitment from 3PL providers and firms is necessary; otherwise, the services of the Mexican 3PL industry will be fully covered by multinational providers. In addition, a change in mentality of Mexican firms could help logistics providers achieve better performance.

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