There’s an article floating around the Internet that purports to give examples of questions that Google asks prospective employees—offbeat brain teasers crafted to lure the interviewee into surrendering insights into his or her thought process. One is particularly memorable: “How much would you charge to wash all the windows in Atlanta?”
You can quit the mental math, there is no correct answer. There is, however, a correct approach: Give a price per window, not an estimated sum. What’s the point? Communication works best when simplified.
The combined complexities and scope of 120 global 3PLs would make calculating Atlanta’s windows seem as casual as window shopping. We thought it best to identify 12 strategic needs that shippers have and make those needs our categories, offering a keyhole view of each. Some picks are not obvious, but there’s a reason. For example, why is Yusen Logistics in Best Domestic Transportation and not Best International? It is, after all, a Japanese company. Actually, that’s the reason: You know it’s global; we want you to know it’s a domestic option, too. Many companies would be a snug fit in any category, so we offered “shout-outs” to aspects we felt would be most meaningful to you, our readers. The only regret is that we couldn’t include many more of the very deserving 3PLs that are on our radar.
“We,” by the way, includes editors at Global Trade—myself, Steve Lowery and our chief content officer Drew Lawler—in partnership with Armstrong and Associates, the nation’s leading 3PL market research and consulting firm. Armstrong’s input was invaluable, and we extend our everlasting appreciation to Evan Armstrong and all the others who contributed.
* 3PL Data compiled by Armstrong and Associates and Global Trade.
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