RALEIGH, NC, May 9, 2011 — Companies are increasing use of Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) to provide key global transportation and logistics services. So in today’s competitive marketplace, LSPs are continuously seeking to add value to their clients’ supply chains through innovative solutions.

How can LSPs bridge this innovation gap and build stronger relationships? The Tompkins Supply Chaincast offers solutions in a webinar set for May 17 at 2 pm ET.

“Despite gains in overall satisfaction levels, we continue to hear LSPs express frustration about developing more strategic relationships with their clients,” says Valerie Bonebrake, SVP of Tompkins Associates and LSP industry expert. “To drive innovation and higher supply chain performance, LSPs must go beyond contractual key performance indicators to deliver greater value. And this webinar will reveal how benchmarking and best practices can help them achieve their goals.”

The Tompkins Supply Chaincast will walk attendees through the advantages of participating in the LSP Consortium and show third-party logistics providers, 3PLs and contract logistics providers how they can connect with shippers through a fact-based profile directory.

Although the webinar is directed to service providers, both shippers and LSPs will benefit from the new LSP Consortium, according to Bruce Tompkins, Executive Director of Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium.

“Networking between current Consortium members and the new LSP members will narrow the communication gap between shippers and LSPs,” he says. “They will now have the resources to make themselves more visible to potential clients while improving their operations – which will in turn strengthen their clients’ supply chains.”

More information about benefits and membership is available through Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium for LSPs. Register to attend the May 17 Tompkins Supply Chaincast: Transformational Supply Chain Webinars for Profitable Growth, Bridging the LSP Performance Gap Perception: How Service Providers Can Build a Stronger Relationship with Clients.

About Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium
Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium is the premier source for supply chain benchmarking and best practices knowledge. With more than 500 participating retail, manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies, the Consortium sponsors a comprehensive repository of 17,000-plus benchmarks complemented by search capabilities, online analysis tools, topic forums and peer networking for supply chain executives and practitioners. The Consortium is led by the needs of its membership and an Advisory Board that includes executives from Campbell Soup Company, Ingram Micro, Kraft Foods, Limited Brands, Miller-Coors, The Coca-Cola Company and Target. To learn more about how your company can become a member of the LSP Supply Chain Consortium, contact John Foley, 919-855-5461 or visit http://www.tompkinsinc.com/operations/lsp-consortium/default.asp.