Lack of leadership driving structural change
According to a paper to be presented next month, a distinct lack of supply chain leadership in established third-party logistics providers is driving a structural change back to in-sourcing of logistics activities.
Paul Whiley, business development manager at Linfox, will explore some of the ways in which clients of 3PLs and transport providers have looked to logisticians for proactive leadership, and having found disappointing shortfalls, have moved into the infrastructure of their supply chains.
Forcing 3PLs to adopt a passive, reactive stance (by their own inaction) these clients are ‘invading’ the territory traditionally held by the 3PL. This move is bringing new challenges to companies as they strive to vertically integrate, taking in-house what has traditionally been outsourced, with little or no expertise to guide them.
What are the contributing factors that have moved many 3PLs into a passive position devoid of leadership? Some of these are the direct result of miscommunication between providers and users, which results in a very frustrating environment and is widening the gap rather than bridging it, despite the feel-good talk around collaboration and partnership in supply chain today.
At Smart 2009 Conference, Paul Whiley will also discuss three specific cases in Australia where these 3PL role changes are taking place today; the positive and negative outcomes, the foreseeable outlook; and will seek to define and inspire true supply chain leadership within the 3PL and transport industry.
Finally, he will present key steps that providers can action in order to become acknowledged supply chain leaders within their circle of influence, along with some tools that can be used to bridge the leadership gap between providers and users of supply chain services.
Smart 2009 Conference will take place in Sydney on 10-11 June. Click here for more information and to register.