Trucking companies relying on 3PLs as growth strategy

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Transportation and trucking companies increasingly are relying on third-party logistics providers to grow their businesses, according to Evans Distribution Systems, a full-service 3PL of warehousing, transportation and value-added solutions.

“Seventy-seven percent of domestic Fortune 500 companies are using 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions, and transportation is a key component of this work,” says Doug Ostrowski, Evan Distribution Systems’ vice president of transportation, citing statistics from Armstrong & Associates Inc. “This represents an opportunity for trucking companies to win business.”

Evans Distribution Systems, headquartered in Southeast Michigan, was founded in 1929 as the Central Detroit Warehouse Co. It has evolved into a full-service 3PL offering warehousing, transportation, contract packaging and staffing to the manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer goods and chemical industries.

“Although many trucking companies saw declines in loads over the last year, the economy is starting to pick up,” says Ostrowski. “The transportation providers that survived need to stay competitive and be smarter than ever in going after new business. Contracting with a 3PL can be an effective inroad to more business opportunities and contracts.”