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  July 26th, 2016 | Written by

Top 3PLs In Specialized Services

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HQ: Basel, Switzerland Global

With more than 500 offices in 100-plus countries, Agility has the reach and range to do a lot of things, aided by a strong presence in heavy-lift and out-of-gauge cargo moves for capital projects, oil and gas projects and marine services. And Agility is increasingly sending that expertise to emerging markets where CEO Tarek Sultan says the company will continue to invest. “In Africa, Agility is building a series of distribution parks that will offer guaranteed power, security and connectivity to multinationals seeking to connect to Africa,” he says, “and African companies that are growing their global relationships.”

HQ: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Global

With nearly 50 years of experience servicing the international chemical industry, BDP counts eight of the world’s top 10 chemical producers among its customer base and manages more than 1 million twenty-foot containers of chemicals globally each year. Its global focus has recently been centered in North Africa, where the company opened up offices in Cairo and Morocco and announced plans to open a second office in Alexandria. “North Africa is quickly becoming one of the most vital regions for growth in the supply chain world, with a great deal of investment in the expanding infrastructure,” says Yves Letange, BDP International’s managing director for Europe.

HQ: Milford, Delaware  | Domestic

When Burris, one of the largest temperature-controlled food distribution outfits—it operates more than 60 million cubic feet of freezer warehousing—added Honor Foods as a new division, it allowed the company to venture into foodservice redistribution with Honor acting as a virtual extension of its manufacturing customers. By functioning as a sort of virtual warehouse, Honor enables all levels of distributors to offer additional products to customers without needing to keep those items in stock. For instance, it allows vendors to service small distributors that may not be able to purchase in direct quantities while also providing a fill-in option for immediate need for large distributors.

HQ: Dublin, Ohio | Global

Cardinal Health not only specializes in the distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical devices—products it handles end up in 75 percent of the nation’s hospitals—but also manufactures medical and surgical supplies such as gloves and fluid management items. It recently improved its ability to serve the more than 100,000 locations it works with by opening a new warehouse in Tennessee. The 307,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to ambient product storage and essentially doubles the company’s storage capacity. According to Jennifer Fillman, vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health Specialty Services, the new warehouse will “enable us to expand our specialty zones in our existing businesses [as] customers will benefit from improved work flow and flow through the warehouse.”

HQ: Bonn, Germany | Global

The global giant recently upped its profile in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector when it launched DHL Ocean Thermonet, a freight product specifically tailored to those sectors—especially pharmaceuticals as the industry increasingly looks for ocean freight solutions. Thermonet enables constant monitoring of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products with sensors constantly measuring temperature, humidity and location parameters, allowing for intervention at short notice in case of incidents. “With Thermonet, we further improve visibility and reliability in the ocean mode of transportation, which is an increasing requirement from customers, especially in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry,” says Andreas Boedeker, global head of Ocean Freight, DHL Global Forwarding.

HQ: Hedehusene, Denmark | Global

With a long history of experience in industrial projects, DSV’s 20-plus years of serving the logistical needs of the renewable energy industry becomes ever more critical as that industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. DSV not only offers project transport for renewable energy providers but also performs key account functions for wind turbine manufacturers, suppliers and entire wind farms. The company’s ability and reach were greatly enhanced when it acquired UTi Worldwide in January of this year, something that DSV Chairman of the Board Kurt K. Larsen says will help his company “capitalize on business synergies as well as greater global reach.”

HQ: Portsmouth, New Hampshire | North America

Though the company boasts more than 6 million square feet of warehouse space, 50 locations across North America and expertise in a wide range of industries from high tech to food and beverage, it is an exceptional amount of high-touch (re: human) service offered to customers that in many ways distinguish it. Consider its retail rollout service, where a single point-of-contact project manager ensures clear accountability for its technology installation service, which offers not only a network of 5,000 certified technicians but also white glove, final mile delivery and 24/7 help desk support. “At Legacy, we’re committed to providing our clients end-to-end logistics solutions,” says company President Mike Glodziak.

HQ: Romeoville, Illinois | North America

Though serving a wide range of industries, Illinois-based LeSaint has a specific focus on the chemical and retail sectors. With more than 18 facilities across the United States, LeSaint offers comprehensive logistics services ranging warehousing, transportation, hazardous materials management and more. Its partnership with Royal Chemical produced the ChemEnd2End initiative that enables complete control through the product lifecycle, leading to enhanced product quality, streamlined efficiencies and lowered costs. “By delivering and transporting the raw materials into Royal’s manufacturing and packaging facilities, and then our handling inventory control and delivery, we provide all our clients’ product fulfillment needs, end to end,” says Dino Moler, executive vice president of Client Solutions for LeSaint.

HQ: Waltham, Massachusetts  | Global

With big name clients such as Toshiba, for whom it was able to identify and modify costly overruns in its packaging while also eliminating redundancies, ModusLink is well suited to design solutions for a consumer electronics industry that is fast-paced and seemingly ever reinventing itself. With consumer expectations especially high in this area, ModusLink can speed up supply chain operations through improved execution and communication or, if necessary, postpone final device configuration in response to real-time customer demand to drive supply chain cost reductions, increased inventory velocity and improve service levels.

HQ: Fenton, Missouri | Global

The company offers specialized services to a wide range of industries ranging from hospitality to healthcare, but there is unlikely any area they do better than telecommunications where UniGroup’s more than 50 years of logistics experience make it uniquely qualified to ship, store and install industrial transreceivers, generators and networking equipment. The company’s global transportation network provides precision air, ground and ocean freight services for all types of industrial equipment, and its white glove handling allows its experts to decommission, transport and install mission-critical communications and networking equipment safely and securely using state-of-the-art anti-static packing materials and climate-controlled trailers with air ride suspensions.