What is the Exact Difference between 3PL and 4PL?

Do you know how to differentiate between Logistics Operator 3PL and 4PL?

Barcelona, 8 July 2016.- The discussion groups of Linkedin are often, sometimes, quality information sources, useful to the professionals of the transport and logistics. For example, find the differences between 3PL and 4PL. The result were these contributions:

Arya Banerjee, M.Sc., M.B.A., CCLP The 3 PL service providers scope of work is limited to the extent of physical distribution of products but in the case of 4 PL it extends beyond and is also involved with the parent company to engage in calculating the ROCE, development of new products and markets .




Siddhartha Panapakam Thank You Arya Sir for the thoughtful insight. So is it right to say that 3PL is just a logistics provider where as 4PL is logistics outsourcer, may be consisting of 3PL’s as its branches to be outsourced?



Yves D. Gagnon 3PL works as freight motion specialist vendor for shippers 
4PL works as shipper freight management partner for all their entire freight 



Georg Mahn 3 PL is a service provider who is neither seller nor buyer and Moves / stores the material. 4PL is s.o. (neither seller nor buyer) who manages 3PLs for example.

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