Most outsourced services in global transportation and logistics industry 2019

This statistic shows the results of a global survey among logistics and supply chain executives which was carried out in 2019 asking respondents about which logistics activities they outsource the most. During the survey, some 65 percent of shippers were outsourcing their warehousing activities to 3PL providers.

Percentage of 3PL users who outsource logistics services as of 2019, ranked by the most frequently outsourced services

Share of respondents
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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

spring 2019

Number of respondents

558 respondents

Special properties

shippers and 3PLs

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Data is based on the answers from shippers and 3PLs in North America (65 percent), Asia (8 percent) and Europe (15 percent).
About 21 percent of respondents were from manufacturing, 17 percent from retail and consumer products, 13 percent from health care and pharmaceutical companies, ten percent from the food and beverage industry, nine percent were from the telecommunications, technology, internet and electronics industry, six percent from the automotive industry, six percent from construction and machinery, five percent of respondents were from business support and logistics, two percent from airlines, aerospace and defense, two percent from governmental companies, two percent from the utilities, energy and extraction industry, one percent from financial services, insurance and real estate and eight percent from others.
The source did not specify the age of the respondents.

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