Companies may benefit from setting up a "control tower" -- a system to monitor carriers, suppliers and logistics service providers, according to this article. A control tower can also improve scenario planning and supply chain modeling, said Joe Carlier, senior vice president of global sales at Penske Logistics. Using a third-party logistics service provider to set up the tower is an option for companies that don't want to set it up on their own, James Cooke notes.

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