An Introduction to Outsourcing Logistics

A 2-day interactive workshop based in Bangkok, Thailand
“Very valuable and practical ‘hands on’ training”


The majority of companies are using third party logistics contractors for at least one segment of their supply chains. In doing so, they reap the benefits of being able to concentrate on their core business and leaving the logistics operations to the contractor.

It is critical for companies to recognise that the decision to outsource is a major strategic decision that will have far-reaching effects – beneficial or adverse – on the health of the company. Therefore, it is important that, once the decision to outsource has been made then the selection of the most appropriate 3PL operator is fundamental to the successful outcome of the decision.

Learning Objectives

  • The 3PL and 4 PL industries and what they should offer
  • The logistics operational processes within the client company, how should they be managed and how should they be costed

Who Should Attend

Logistics professionals from all industrial sectors involved with the management and control of warehousing and distribution, including:

  • Supply Chain / Logistics Directors & Managers
  • Inventory Managers
  • Warehousing Managers
  • Financial Managers
  • Procurement Managers
  • General Managers
  • Project / Business Unit Managers

(Note: All tuition will be conducted in English.)

Outsourcing Your Logistics – Workshop Outline

Session One: Introduction to Logistics Outsourcing
Purpose: To give delegates an insight into Logistics outsourcing and how to manage it successfully.

  • Key factors affecting the success of outsourcing
  • The options available
  • Role of the Contractor
  • The 3PL market structure
  • Introduction to the invitation to Tender (ITT)
  • Risks to the Buyers and the 3PL Supplier

Session Two: The Strategic Decision
Purpose: To introduce delegates to the strategy of outsourcing logistics.

  • The options available to the Buyer
  • Assessing the options
  • Determining the most appropriate strategy
  • The elements to be contracted out
  • Assessing value and price

Session Three: Outline Selection Process
Purpose: To introduce delegates to selection process.

  • The key objectives of the 3PL selection process
  • Steps to be taken by the Company
  • The Contractors expectations
  • Protection of Buyer’s identity

Session Four: Preparing an Invitation to Tender (ITT)
Purpose: To guide delegates in the preparation of an ITT.

  • Reasons for the ITT Process
  • Contents of the ITT
  • Omissions from the ITT
  • Distribution of the ITT
  • Supplementary Information to be included in the ITT
  • Charging and cost structures
  • The ITT in relation to the formal contract

Session Five: Selecting a Suitable Supplier
Purpose: To outline to the delegates the process for selecting a suitable Contractor.

  • Key stages in the selection process
  • Respondent management
  • Response management

Session Six: Post – Tender Negotiations
Purpose: To take delegates through the negotiation process resulting from the successful selection of a suitable Contractor.

  • The objectives of Post-tender negotiations
  • Meeting the Staff
  • The “Heads of Terms” Agreement

Session Seven: The Next Steps
Purpose: To conclude the selection process by taking delegates through the steps toward successful implementation.

  • Arranging the formal contract
  • The ingredients of a successful relationship

Session Eight: The Overall Plan
Purpose: To develop a structured plan to take delegates through the process from generating a suitable list of suppliers to making the selection decision.

Session Nine: Questions, Answers and Discussions
Purpose: Delegates are invited to discuss issues that have arisen either as a result of their attending the workshop, or from their own experiences in their place of work.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond control, to change the content and timing of the event, speaker or venue. Every effort will be made to inform the participants of the changes. The teaching methodology comprises participative lectures and is interactive in nature which will involve participation from attendees. So, notwithstanding the proposed outline above, the programme may not necessarily be conducted in exactly the same sequence or duration for each topic.

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