Third party logistics , or 3PL, can change the way you do business, by getting you back to why you started your business in the first place. A 3PL service lets you outsource the work that doesn’t fit into the core operations of your company, so you can focus on keeping your business healthy. Here are the answers to some of the questions business owners frequently have about outside logistics providers and how they can help their businesses.
What exactly is 3PL?
As the name suggests, 3PL is the use of a company outside of your business to manage logistical operations. Different 3PL companies provide different services, but one common area companies choose to outsource logistics to is shipping. A 3PL company who helps with your shipping can manage your carrier needs, help you build efficient routes, and ensure that you always have access to the right kind of shipping for your company’s needs, be it simple dry van shipping or refrigerated freight for perishable products.
What are the benefits of 3PL?
Many companies find that working with an outside logistics provider saves them money by giving them access to better rates on freight and by increasing their internal productivity, but the biggest advantage most businesses see is better customer service. By allowing someone to focus fulltime on the logistics of executing orders and other operations, your company can spend its time working with your customers on more than tracking down delivery dates. Working with a 3PL provider also means you can focus on the core competencies of your business instead of spinning your wheels as logistics eats up more and more of your operational time.
How do I select a 3PL provider?
Look for a provider who understands the services your business needs and has the resources to deliver them quickly and efficiently. Your provider should understand your business and be experienced in working with other companies of your size and within your industry.
Texcalibur Logistics can simplify your freight and carrier logistics needs so you can focus your attention on growing your business. You can learn more about how we can help you with logistics in Houston, TX, by calling (713) 465-1977.