A 3PL, or third-party logistics partner, is an organization that oversees all or part of a business’s supply chain to streamline operations, curb expenses, and enhance customer experiences. This empowers you to concentrate on your primary business without being distracted by the increasing need for product storage or the complexities and costs of inbound and outbound freight management.
A 3PL provides services such as:
Shipping services: A 3PL typically helps transport inbound and outbound shipments to your warehouse or their ultimate destination by using the most favorable cost and service type. It is common for a 3PL to help minimize freight costs, reduce transit times, and offer a wide selection of delivery choices.
Integrated transportation software: 3PLs frequently provide access to a transportation management system that connects to your existing software programs for one combined source of logistics information. This simplifies tracking, tracing, and troubleshooting freight shipments while improving shipping costs and processes.
Knowledgeable Guidance: A 3PL organization has extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of supply chain management for businesses of various sizes and types. This enables 3PLs to offer advice for streamlining your operations and limiting risks while containing costs.