Third-party logistics providers can help streamline your shipping strategies and boost ROI. Here’s what you should look for in a prospective partner.
Generating a solid ROI on your shipping program is all about the logistics. Unfortunately, many companies lack the internal bandwidth and/or experience to drive real value in the short- and long-term. For these companies, it often makes sense to outsource specific aspects of the supply chain to third-party specialists, as they have the experience and expertise needed to keep things running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. That’s where third-party logistics comes (3PL) in.
What Is Third-Party Logistics?
As the name suggests, 3PLs are independent contractors with the skills, equipment, and resources needed to handle a variety of logistical duties, such as order fulfillment, shipping transport, warehousing, and distribution. A good partner will work with you to develop customized shipping strategies that drive real value for your company, freeing up time and manpower throughout your supply chain by shoring up its weaker links.
Some 3PL providers identify as “Advanced 3PLs.” That typically means they can offer their clients an even more comprehensive array of services, incorporating current market conditions, local freight laws and limitations, and the customer’s specific cultural and budgetary considerations into their operations.
The Many Advantages of 3PLs
The primary advantage of partnering with a 3PL is increased flexibility. Because of their extensive experience in managing supply chain functions and handling transportation, 3PLs have a thorough knowledge of service requirements and the general expertise needed to address any logistical problem. Just as importantly, they have state-of-the-art technologies that can instantly identify challenges and develop appropriate solutions at a moment’s notice.
Many 3PLs will have contracts with multiple freight carriers, enabling them to offer their customers a variety of service levels, transit times, and scheduling options. It also allows them to keep added costs (port storage fees, distribution, delivery, etc.) to a minimum.
As shipping specialists, 3PLs rely on the latest technologies to keep your shipments on track — and more importantly, to keep you informed. These technologies enable them to identify the most cost-effective options, carefully coordinate disparate transportation processes, and identify and resolve issues as soon as they arise. Their attention to detail throughout the shipping process ensures that you’re always receiving maximum value for your investment.
Why Primary Freight?
While some 3PLs specialize in specific aspects of the shipping process, an ideal provider will be experienced across the entire supply chain management spectrum. Regardless of what it is that you’re shipping, the key is to find a partner who will take the time to understand the unique values and goals of your organization, then develop bespoke strategies that serve to meet them.
With nearly two decades of experience in logistics and supply chain management, Primary Freight has the necessary expertise and resources to drive real value and satisfaction for companies and programs of all shapes and sizes. Our wide array of services include:
- International ocean, air, ground transport
- Warehousing and storage
- Freight tracking & accounting
- Import & export documentation
- Delivery at final destination
- Project cargo
- And more!
Our dedicated team of experts will work with you to identify opportunities to increase cost-savings opportunities and boost efficiency, streamlining your operations and — most importantly — giving you peace of mind.
If you’re interested in learning more about Primary Freight’s services and solutions, give us a call at (800) 635-0013 — we look forward to speaking with you!