Are There Benefits to Hiring a 3PL?

Considering a 3PL company to handle your business’s logistics needs? It’s a smart idea.

There are multiple benefits to outsourcing supply chain management. By working with a value-added 3PL provider, you can gain access to resources you may not be able to get on your own, as well as streamline your entire business process.

Here are four reasons why 3PL makes so much sense for B2B and B2C companies alike:

Gain access to more resources.

If you’re handling logistics on your own, there are only so many resources you’ll be able to gain access to in terms of supply chain management and shipping. You’re just a single company looking for resources, so your options may be small and more costly compared to larger companies.

Since a 3PL company does business in volume, it has larger resource networks and can often get similar services for lower prices. By working with a 3PL, you can gain access to lower costs and more features than you’d be able to access on your own.

Save money and time.

There are a lot of time-consuming processes in any business, but managing inventory, taking orders and handling shipping are among the most time intensive and expensive. Not only do you need to lease (or buy) facilities to handle your needs, you’ll need to hire, train and maintain employees to run this entire department of your business. With a 3PL provider, all of that time and cost is on their shoulders and not yours. They’ll handle the supply chain needs – including space and employees – so you can focus your resources elsewhere.

Benefit from advanced expertise.

Even if you’ve been in business for a while, you don’t have as much experience as a 3PL provider who is deeply entrenched in the global logistics industry. They’ll be up-to-date on developments in technology, logistics and manufacturing that may impact your bottom line positively or negatively. You can focus on your core competencies and let the 3PL company bring the expertise to the table.

Ability to scale up and down as needed.

When your sales volume increases, your need for logistics does as well. But when you work with a 3PL you can easily increase your volume without spending more on infrastructure or employees. Whether your business is seasonal or you just have a sudden spike in sales, you can easily weather these changes with the right 3PL provider.

Working with a 3PL provider has all of these benefits and more! What are you waiting for?

 

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