The third party logistics economic sector has known a great development for twenty years. Without these professionals in the supply chain framework, the maturity of numerous supply chains would haven't been such as what they are today. Their offer is broader today than ever. They propose now only a 3Pl offer but also a 4PL and a Lead Logistic Provider offer. The competition and the need to offer a global answer give many mergers and acquisitions. These companies are facing several challenges: the signature for a new period for the contracts won in the late 90's and how to take better in account the question of a sustainable development.
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