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Challenges also include "supply constraints, mashed together supply chains and retail channels that introduce cost, safety stock, forecast challenges and additional time into logistics processes," according to Capgemini's 2012 Third Party Logistics study on the state of logistics outsourcing.
Increasing pressure to lower costs and manage material and suppliers more efficiently "has triggered a preference among electronics companies for asset lightness, outsourcing both production and logistics, especially in emerging markets. For example, one industry trend is toward fewer original equipment manufacturers actually manufacturing, moving or storing their own products, using third-party logistics providers for these services," the study found.
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