Another important footnote in the evolution of the modern 3PL was the emergence of IT into trucking and warehousing starting in the 1980’s and into the 90’s. Today technology is among the core competitive advantages of third party logistics providers. Not only are they integrated providers of warehousing and transportation services, but they leverage sophisticated logistics software and inventory management technologies. Also incredibly vital in the history of the 3PL was the move towards globalization. While companies started out with one location and a small fleet of trucks, through both organic growth and aggressive mergers and acquisitions the largest 3PLs were conceived with locations across the globe.