Outsourcing isn't just for the big guys anymore—or just the tiny ones, for that matter. With the explosion in global trade, companies of all sizes are looking for outside help managing their rapidly expanding supply chains.
For those new to outsourcing, the first challenge is choosing a partner. What should you look for in a logistics service provider (LSP)? Though one company's service needs will differ from another's, we think there are some basic criteria that every prospective outsourcer should consider. (See the accompanying sidebar for a sample checklist.) What follows are 14 factors to weigh when choosing a partner: