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    4PL Services market report transcript

    4PL Services Global Market Outlook:

    The global 4PL services market was valued at US$ 56,472.1 Mn in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 78,981.5 Mn by 2027. The market will grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period 2020-2027. 

    4PL services have loads to deliver in the inbound raw material supply,  management of dynamic logistics, and demand-based logistics. 

    The need for a robust supply chain management for the manufacturing industry appears to be imminent as the 4PL providers highlight every aspect of the supply chain system and offer cutting-leading as well as assured handling of goods from the manufacturing line until the customer and vice versa. 

    The 4PL services add significant value to the manufacturing companies by helping them tackle their weak points that trigger revenue loss and assure optimum profitability. 

    Global 4PL Services Market - Drivers and Constraints


    • Rising demand for a straightforward supply chain process from global producers and vendors is contributing to the 4PL market. Also, the market is receiving a boost from the increasing demand for inbound logistic services from the manufacturing sector.

    • The consumer electronics industry is experiencing explosive growth at the global scale, influencing consumer electronics makers to invest in 4PL services to offer doorstep delivery to customers.

    • Businesses are offering reductions in total operating expenses (OPEX), better customer experience, and improved flexibility, which is motivating manufacturing facilities to go with 4PL vendors. 

    • The worldwide e-commerce space is growing at an unprecedented rate. Businesses are offering delivery services for various products - large and small, which requires 4PL services.


    • Governments across continents have imposed specific norms associated with logistics, which is posing challenges for global 4PL service companies. 

    • Furthermore, changes in clearance policies and custom duty are expected to hamper the 4PL market growth.

    4PL Services Market: Regional Outlook

    • Asia Pacific (APAC) continues to offer lucrative growth opportunities to 4PL service providers over the forecast period. The explosive growth of the e-commerce industry in developing regions such as India and China is primarily propelling the market growth. Further, consumers are increasingly turning to online channels to buy products, a trend that is further attracting market players.

    • The 4PL services market in North America is characterized by the presence of key companies running at the global level.  

    4PL Services Market Analysis 

    Strategic KPI’S

    • Cost to Serve: Logistics spend/ sales revenue
    • Order to delivery time
    • Percentage cost of reduction
    • Working capital reduction
    • Pilferage IErcentage

    Benefits of Engaging with the 4PL

    Adoption of the 4PL business model by a multinational company has led to freight cost savings in the range of 10–25% through reduction in direct carrier costs owing to consolidation. The 4PL has helped the shipper in the following ways:

    • Reduction in excessive freight charges
    • Increase in shipment visibility
    • Improvement in service failure rates
    • Decreased communication gaps

    Pros of 4PL:

    • 4PL provider has the ability to provide a range of services under one single point of contact, virtually eliminating the internal costs of supporting accounts for warehousing, fulfillment and transportation across multiple vendors. With greater visibility and process efficiency, a 4PL can help reduce logistics cost
    • Value generated such as real-time visibility, track and trace, reporting, high-level information sharing to the client etc., through outsourcing managed services is higher due to high resource costs
    • 4PL model is more beneficial in operations that are standard and the supply chain network doesn’t change more often. Since the execution services are offered by the same provider as management, it is a seamless flow of information as the system is already integrated


    • 4PL model is existing across all regions. However due to less complexity in mode(air, ocean and land) usage, standard rules and regulations etc., the model is mostly prevalent in US, Europe, and some countries in Asia such as China, Japan and less adopted in other regions
    • Less visibility as the 4PL players bundle the cost involved in logistic services and management activities; cost savings achieved through each subset of cost parameters in 4PL management is not transparent since both the operations are managed by the same player
    • Clients will be highly dependent on the 4PL player and switching cost is higher providing less control over the suppliers.

    Why You Should Buy This Report

    The report on the 4PL services market provides an extensive analysis of the key price drivers, supply-demand trends, and trade dynamics of global manufacturers in North America, Europe, APAC, LATAM, Africa, and the Middle East. It further discusses Porter's Five Forces Analysis and presents an analysis of the 4PL procurement trends in the pre-set regions. Furthemore, the report includes an in-depth study of the top 4PL companies along with their Porter’s Five Forces analysis.

    Beroe gathers intelligence through primary sources that include industry experts, researchers, and consultants, as well as current suppliers, producers and distributors. Secondary sources include business journals, newsletters, magazines, market research data, company sources, and industry associations. Following data collation, analysis, and strategic review, the Final Research Report is published on Beroe LiVE.