Outsourcing in logistics
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      Outsourcing in logistics

      Outsourcing is generally understood to mean the outsourcing of corporate tasks and structures to external service providers.

      In logistics, we speak of outsourcing when physical and administrative logistics tasks are transferred to an external service provider. These tasks can, for example, come from the areas of management, marketing, transport or even IT.

      Outsourcing makes it possible to concentrate on the essentials. Especially for small companies or start ups outsourcing can be advantageous. It is often more cost-effective to hire an external service provider than to set up a new department with several employees.

      However, outsourcing is only advantageous if the service outweighs the company’s own optimization possibilities. Opportunities and risks must be weighed up in advance.


      What are the risks of outsourcing?

      • Poor and non-performance
      • Start-up problems
      • Loss of motivation
      • Loss of know-how
      • Communication problems

      How can risks be minimized in outsourcing?

      • Qualified pre-selection of service providers
      • Complete and comprehensible tender
      • Professional startup phase
      • Realistic assessment of the task
      • Sufficient resources

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