What is a 3PL?


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.

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Warehousing: Some 3PLs offer warehousing services such as inventory management and storage plus order fulfillment, receiving, and shipping. In addition to warehousing, some 3PLs handle customer service and order management.

As your business grows, overseeing complicated supply chain operations may become overwhelming. Potentially costly errors may reduce company profits and lead to disappointing customer experiences.

A 3PL like BlueGrace works as your partner so you can focus on running your primary business and growing it. We help contain freight costs while managing logistics to boost business growth and customer satisfaction.

BlueGrace 3PL offers:

  • Tailored transportation management solutions to help contain your freight spend.
  • Our industry-leading TMS, BlueShip, for effortless rate shopping, and freight shipment tracking and tracing.
  • A network of more than 250,000 vetted carriers across the country
  • 9 offices conveniently located in major transportation hubs across the U.S.

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The BlueShip® Platform

LTL Rating

Simplify your LTL with the proprietary BlueShip Rating Engine built for speed, accuracy, and performance. This LTL rating engine delivers thousands of rates in seconds through a single instance platform - so you can quote with confidence. As an open platform, it allows for an easy and accessible API with a software development kit available.

Multi-Modal Support

Built on a modern tech-stack with software products designed to support an increasing amount of transportation and modes. Full truckload, less-than-truckload, refrigerated, temperature controlled, flatbed, intermodal and more. BlueShip TMS is designed with flexibility and customization to support multiple modes and multiple integrations that provide the highest level of visibility across your supply chain.

Freight Tracking and Visibility

Having complete visibility to your freight is a necessity. With the BlueShip platform, you'll have access to built-in tracking, making it effortless to see where your freight is, every step of the way.

Predictive Analytics, Actionable Data & Meaningful Insights

BlueShip drives value through understanding, comprehending, and visualizing your logistics network data. Based on highly clean and accurate data, this gives you deep visibility across your supply chain. It allows for AI and machine learning, as well as predictive and prescriptive decision support analytics to build resilience, prepare for disruption and increase operations efficiency.