3PLs and the lean warehouse
When companies decide that their own internal warehousing capabilities are lacking, they can decide to select a third-party logistics provider to run their warehousing operation for them. Often, a shipper will demand more from a 3PL than it would from itself. This is particularly true when it comes to continuous improvement. However, while lean manufacturing and Six Sigma practices have been widely adopted to improve production activities, this is far less common in the warehouse.
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