The importance of efficient 3PL in supply chain management

The logistics supply chain encompasses the entire process of producing and delivering a product or service. This may involve manufacturing, transportation, storage, fulfilment and procurement.

Third party logistics, or 3PL, is a service that enables you to outsource the distribution, storage, and inventory management of your products to a 3PL provider, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your business such as sales, marketing and product development.

3PL companies fill in the gaps in your supply chain, to drive cost and time efficiencies. Their tracking technology and communication should fit seamlessly into your own organisation’s logistics process so that your end customer receives a great service from start to finish.

Here are some of the ways good 3PL company can help improve efficiencies in your organisation’s supply chain:

Drive cost savings

Not having to maintain your own warehouse space and staff can be a big cost-saving measure.

A 3PL company will also have relationships with border control, transportation companies and fulfilment operations so they are able to offer greater volume discounts to clients, which will be passed on to you.

Mitigate risk

When unforeseen circumstances crop up such as shipping delays, a 3PL provider is responsible for making alternate arrangements to fulfil your orders as quickly as possible. You’ll also be protected in the event of damage or loss of goods.

Process improvement

Another benefit of using a third party logistics company is continual improvement of your supply chain.  They will have experience dealing with lots of companies within your sector and their process will be refined and continually improved to meet the demands of your business and your end customer.

They will continually test, measure and improve to ensure that cost savings are made and to support the delivery of your goods direct to the customer.

Transparency

A good 3PL provider will ensure that the products you supply adhere to certain quality, time guarantees, safety and ethics standards. By providing real-time, accurate data you can get invaluable insight as to how your supply chain is performing and be able to make informed, strategic decisions.

Inventory Management

Your 3PL partner will have inventory management software integration between your digital storefront and their warehouses that store your products. This is crucial for planning purposes so you can effectively manage how much inventory is being stored and provide insights on what needs to be ordered.

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