Accession Number : ADA319520

Title :   An Analysis of Third Party Logistics and Implications for USAF Logistics.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Thompson, Thomas J.

PDF Url : ADA319520

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 118

Abstract : This study was undertaken to determine the current trends in third party logistics. The Air Force Material Command Lean Logistics office sought information for improving USAF logistics support. The purposes of this study were to report results of third party logistics use, determine characteristics of successful third party relationships, and to discuss the implications for USAF logistics managers. A qualitative research methodology was chosen using multiple case studies. Logistics managers from eight third party users and ten third party providers were administered an extensive research protocol. The results revealed an industry which is growing rapidly. While the momentum for third party logistics use was strong, most managers cautioned for the use of an incremental approach to using third party logistics. This permits an easier transition for the using organization and leaves the option open to return logistics in-house if the provider is lacking. The majority of third party providers in this study were not interested in DoD business. Providers indicated that the perceived difficulty of competing, administering, and renewing a DoD contract was not worth the income generated. This may be restricting DoD's accessability to firms providing the best service and/or a lower cost.

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, METHODOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, INDUSTRIES, CONTRACTS, LOW COSTS, THESES, CASE STUDIES, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, MATERIALS LABORATORIES.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE