The Key Role of Integrated Logistics Providers in an Increasingly Globalized World

8 May 2024

Globalization and the rise of e-commerce have driven the growth of logistics, facilitating the international expansion of companies through integrated and specialized logistics services.


When we talk about logistics, we are referring to the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient flow and storage of goods, services, and information from the point of origin to the point of consumption. It involves managing all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, storage, transportation, distribution, and delivery of products or services.

Globalization has led to an unprecedented boom in the logistics industry. The sector is expected to reach a value of over $10 trillion by 2022 and grow at a CAGR of over 5% over the next five years. Factors such as sustainability, digitalization, and changes in warehousing and production strategies explain some of this growth.

In addition, the e-commerce logistics market experienced unprecedented growth, driven by the surge in global online sales. This has led to a 34% increase in its market size between 2020 and 2022.

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A Paradigm Shift

However, the inability of traditional 3PL providers to meet the demand for global compliance solutions has increased the importance of certain players that are able to offer increasingly integrated services, especially in the areas of 5PL, fulfillment, and last-mile services.

In this context, “Integrated Logistics Providers” play a crucial role today. These are providers that offer comprehensive services in dozens of countries around the world.

Companies like Aerodoc handle everything from sales, distribution, and warehousing to the delivery of products in other countries. This means they enable their clients to enter new markets with confidence, without having to deal with legal complexities. Through a one-stop-shop solution, Aerodoc provides door-to-door delivery and efficient last-mile services, handling all customs, compliance, and documentation requirements.

The Differentiator of a Logistics Integrator

The great advantage of logistics integrators is that they allow the hiring company to consolidate multiple logistics services into a single provider. In this way, the company avoids having to deal with three or more providers for the same operation or development, which is a great facilitator in an era where businesses are becoming increasingly global.

Globalization reached an all-time high in 2022 and remained close to that level in 2023, despite all the global turbulence of the past decade, including the Covid-19 pandemic, wars in Ukraine and Gaza, the trade conflict between the United States and China, and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Here are the services offered by a logistics integrator like Aerodoc and what sets it apart from a traditional 3PL logistics provider:

Importer of Record (IOR)

Aerodoc’s Importer of Record (IOR) service is designed to simplify global trade for industries such as IT, Broadcasting, Satellite, Telecommunications, and many others. An Importer of Record plays a critical role in international trade by taking responsibility for ensuring compliance with customs regulations and import procedures in foreign countries.

This role becomes critical when companies intend to sell, distribute, store, or deliver products in countries where they do not have a legal presence. Aerodoc acts as their trusted IOR and handles the complex import process on their behalf.

WMS & Fulfillment

Aerodoc has its warehouse in the US (Florida) and consolidated partners worldwide to provide global warehousing and fulfillment services that help companies expand their reach without incurring significant capital investment and infrastructure costs.

In addition to warehousing and transportation, Aerodoc receives and manages its clients’ goods, allowing them to operate in multiple countries simultaneously through a one-stop-shop service. It manages every step of the process, from logistics and imports to inventory management and shipping samples to platforms such as Amazon, meeting all requirements.

Aerodoc also offers a hybrid service model for companies with their warehouses. They can outsource all or part of their operations to effectively manage their space.

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Global solutions

Starting with local pickup, Aerodoc expertly retrieves your cargo from anywhere in the world. For pre-compliance, the team reviews essential documentation and customs requirements. For export, the entire process is monitored from documentation to customs, ensuring a smooth export process. Aerodoc’s freight forwarding service excels in obtaining favorable transportation rates and offers real-time tracking of your cargo.

“Importing is an outstanding feature, with licenses in over 172 countries. At the destination, customs clearance is streamlined, including document submission and tax payments. Upon arrival at our state-of-the-art facility, warehousing includes a thorough inspection and live tracking for transparency. Finally, we aim to track the last mile of delivery, even in challenging areas,” explains Aerodoc’s team of experts.

The evolution of logistics in an increasingly globalized and digital economy has not only increased the efficiency and speed of the movement of goods worldwide but has also expanded opportunities for companies of all sizes to access international markets with unprecedented ease.

The integration of logistics services represented by companies like Aerodoc underscores an era of innovation and adaptability where traditional trade barriers are fading in the face of solutions ranging from regulatory compliance to the last mile.

The ability of companies like Aerodoc to provide comprehensive and customized logistics solutions will be instrumental in shaping the global trade landscape, demonstrating that in the world of logistics, innovation, and adaptability are not only desirable but essential in today’s world.

Topics on this article: Global Reach. | IoR | Logistics | Warehousing

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