3PL Service Companies Can Do Everything
Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Well, most can. Third-party logistics providers are building optimized supply chains, integrating with powerful WMS software, adding business insights, predictive analytics, and further solutions to optimize your logistics and save you time and money on your supply chain.
WMS & Analytics
WMS applications have changed and improved on-time delivery, order fulfillment, inventory tracking, damage free shipments, and more. Through leveraging WMS and analytics, 3PL service providers can help shippers and direct sellers to improve the efficiency of their distribution and optimize throughout each step of the supply chain. With this, products are moved closer to the end customer or point of destination, which reduces cost and transit time. This is especially important given the ability to zone skip and the impact this has on rising shipping rates. A good 3PL service provider can deliver a distinct competitive advantage to the shipper.
Expertise in Latest Shipping Rate Changes, Regulations, & Tariffs
Global and domestic political and policy changes impact regulations, shipping rates, and tariffs. Regulatory requirements and societal views are driving shippers and 3PLs to focus on sustainability and environmentally responsible solutions with tracking emissions, optimizing routes and loads with LTL and FTL freight, and more. Shipping rates have risen with the USPS, pushing the need to zone skip even further to save money and time, while changes in tariffs happen frequently. Utilizing a 3PL (especially a good 3PL service provider) gives the shipper added expertise to make the right decisions on their warehousing and fulfillment needs.
Customer Experience and Value-Added Services
Customer service is still of utmost importance when selecting a third-party logistics service provider. The better the logistics service, the better the end customer experience. But a shipper must ensure that not only the customer service is outstanding, but the 3PL has a full supply chain solution offering. Warehousing, inventory management, inventory tracking, order fulfillment, kitting, and assembly, returns handling, and more should be checked to ensure they meet the shippers needs as well as can scale and grow with them into the future.
One often overlooked aspect is flexibility and innovation in 3PL solutions. Your 3PL service provider should be able to handle complex freight or fulfillment needs, and work with you to provide solutions that deliver a fun experience for your end customer while giving you time and money savings. Ensure your 3PL is flexible and creative in your supply chain management solutions.
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