The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

When to Consider Outsourcing Distribution to a 3PL

April 21st, 2015

Today modern 3PL providers offer a host of distribution services including outbound order fulfillment, piece picking and packing, custom labeling, kitting, light manufacturing, and many other value-added services. In this post Commonwealth’s Ian Hobkirk discusses when a company should (and shouldn’t) consider outsourcing distribution to a 3PL for outbound order fulfillment.

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Vendor Selection: Big Enough to Get it Right, Small Enough to Care

August 26th, 2013

Commonwealth reflects on some common criteria which should be considered when deciding on key vendor partners for supply chain initiatives.

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The Future Supply Chain

May 7th, 2013

Supply Chain thought leaders are meeting across the nation over the next few months to develop the first-ever U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. Ian Hobkirk attended the meetings held in Washington D.C. May 7-8.  In this post he outlines his personal theories on how the coming years will unfold for the supply chain.


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5 Ways to Prevent – or Repair – a Troubled 3PL Relationship

October 16th, 2012

In the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with at least four companies whose relationship with their 3PL distribution centers is near the point of failure. I don’t know if this is indicative of a general trend or not, but it can certainly be said that the last few years made for some strange logistics bedfellows. Pacts sealed in the urgency of difficult times sometimes unravel when conditions improve. This post covers five quick suggestions for how companies can enter and maintain more healthy outsourcing relationships.

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