3PL Services Market Hit $1131.9 Billion in 2023, with a CAGR of 7-9% from 2023 to 2026 | ELINT Market Research


ELINT Market Research forecasts the global 3PL Services market to reach US$ 1131.9 billion by 2023, with further growth expected. Their research underscores the industry’s vital role in sustaining supply chain operations, projecting a promising future with a 7%-9% CAGR from 2023 to 2026. This positive trend presents opportunities for providers offering tailored services to meet evolving logistics challenges in the e-commerce landscape.

Albuquerque, April 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ELINT Market Research projects the Global 3PL Services Market estimation at US$ 1131.9 billion by 2023 and expects it to grow further at a higher rate. It highlights the positive outlook for the industry and the crucial function it plays in maintaining supply chain activities. Research by ELINT shows that there will be a bright future for the 3PL Services industry, with a CAGR of between 7% and 9% from the year 2023 to 2026. The positive trend creates an opportunity for 3PL Services providers who are prepared to offer personalized services that address the distinct problems inherent in transnational logistics and a changing e-commerce world.

The 3PL Services market has gained a new major player in freight forwarding. Recent research predicts a steady rate of 3-4% growth in this industry until 2023. This surge is a result of the unavoidable role played by freight forwarding in enhancing supply chain efficiencies, minimizing lead times, and facilitating on-time deliveries. The positive affiliation of the two becomes apparent concerning how companies are now relying on 3PL Services for handling freight operations. Moreover, the 3PL Services sector faces unprecedented growth due to the increasing global market expansion and rapid development of retail. Increased demand for dependable and fast logistics as businesses seek international customers.


Third-party logistics, referred to as 3PL, is a process whereby a company outsources its logistics and supply chain activities to an external service provider. Several entities are involved in these functions, such as transportation, warehousing, order fulfillment, and distribution. They specialize in improving the supply chain, minimizing the costs incurred, and ensuring overall effectiveness in business operations for their clients.

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Focus on Core Competencies by Businesses and E-commerce Boom to Propel Market Growth

The 3PL Services market is experiencing expansion due to several leading forces. With the increasing globalization of the business, the range for the various supply chains has widened, and as a result, more intricate logistics solutions are in high demand globally. Having global networks, 3PL Services providers can cope more with the problems related to international logistics. Modern-day technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain have caused a paradigm shift in logistics. 3PL Services suppliers use such technologies to improve visibility across supply chains in real-time track shipments while enhancing routing planning and delivering efficient and data-based solutions.

Companies nowadays turn to specialized service providers for non-core functions. Trend drives the demand for 3PL Services as firms try to create effective efficiency while offloading sophisticated logistics functions. The fast growth of e-commerce has changed consumers’ needs concerning shipping services. In this regard, 3PL Services providers are vital, offering flexible models that are scalable depending on the dynamism of e-commerce logistics.

Key Takeaways for the 3PL Services Market

  • Reliable service businesses enjoyed a significant profit increment in the first quarter of 2023. The market was resilient, as indicated by the profit growth between 5% and 10%. According to the research, profit ratios may increase continuously in the future. It is projected growth as the demand keeps rising, hence the parallel hike from the suppliers, an assurance for business.
  • By 2026, the manufacturing segment will lead the global 3PL Services market from 2023 to 2026. This sector’s dominance shows the manufacturing industry’s importance in determining the dynamics of the global 3PL Services industry. It has become a lead in how technology shapes the market due to its manufacturing strength and technology convergence.
  • Supplier influence is moderately high across significant regions, suchas North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. The moderate supplier influence stresses the importance of joint ventures and equilibrium within the team to form lasting relationships between partners. Therefore, the stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region should formulate strategies for handling moderate supplier power well.

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3PL Services Market Regional Dynamics

While stakeholders differ in their influence on the global 3PL Services market of North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, it exhibits unique traits. Supplier influence for enduring partnerships requires strong collaboration in North America, which is moderate. On the other hand, Europe has a balanced supplier dynamics, presenting an opportunity for successful joint ventures. The Asia Pacific involves a moderate supplier influence. Thus, stakeholders in this region must focus on developing solid partnerships through sound strategies.

Concerning the buyer powers in North America, they are considered medium and require a well-calibrated strategy for collaborative development on both sides. North American stakeholders should work together given a medium supplier power, whereas in Europe, balanced supplier power allows for valuable partnerships. Managed collaborations are crucial because they have a moderate supplier and buyer power dynamism in the Asia Pacific.

Notable Developments in the 3PL Services Market

  • GXO Logistics recently made news about its purchase of PFSweb and $181 million to strengthen its position in the rapidly changing world of logistics. This acquisition occurs when the logistics industry is undergoing a paradigm shift brought about by new technology and the increased need for streamlined supply chain solutions.
  • To promote innovations in the logistics industry, 3PL Services Holman Logistics has just launched an investment arm targeting logistics technology startups. Holman Logistics intends to support startups that share its vision for a more efficient and environmentally friendly logistics system through a focused strategy on cultivating a learning and adapting culture.

Leading Players in the 3PL Services Market

The 3PL Services market continually evolves and passes through periods of stability and expansion driven by innovations and strategic developments across several domestic and international markets. Among the prominent players are:

  • Sinotrans
  • XPO Logistics
  • UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • H. Robinson
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • CEVA Logistics
  • DSV-Panalpina-GIL (Air & Sea)
  • DHL Supply Chain & Global Forwarding
  • DB Schenker Logistics
  • Nippon Express
  • Kintetsu World Express
  • Toll Group
  • CJ Logistics
  • Expeditors
  • Geodis
  • Yusen Logistics
  • Mainfreight
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • Damco International
  • Hitachi Transport System
  • Bolloré Logistics
  • Kerry Logistics

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Major Questions Addressed in the 3PL Services Market Report

What is the current size of the global 3PL Services market, and what is the projected growth?

A recent study by ELINT Market Research reveals the global 3PL Services industry surpassed USD 1131.9 billion in 2023. Expect a CAGR of 7 to 9% during 2023-2026.

What factors contribute to the growth of the 3PL Services market, and how do businesses benefit from outsourcing logistics activities?

The 3PL Services industry growth results from globalization and advanced technologies like IoT, AI, and blockchain. Additionally, businesses seek to focus on their primary competencies.

How does the freight forwarding sector contribute to the overall growth of the 3PL Services market?

The latest studies forecast an impressive 3% to 4% expansion to the freight forwarding sector by 2023. The use of freight forwarding helps optimize supply chain efficiency, reduce lead times, and timely deliveries, which has contributed significantly to the growth of the 3PL Services industry.

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