Over the past two and a half weeks, I’ve had conversations with 17 Managed Transportation Services (MTS) executives in preparation for eft’s 3PL & Supply Chain SummitManaged transportation involves a shipper outsourcing the planning and execution of their shipments to a managed service provider. I had some great conversations. In this article, I want to highlight what I’m hearing.

Europeans and North Americans talk about this topic in different ways. In Europe, they often refer to this as a 4PL (fourth party logistics) service; in North America, we are more likely to call it “managed transportation” or “transportation management.”