What is 3PL? Learn Why Companies are Turning to 3PLs
Over the last few years, more companies have learned the value of working with a 3PL and it may be time for you to follow suit. If you’re asking yourself, “what is 3PL?” and would like to find out why companies are turning to 3PLs, this blog post is a great place to start.
What is 3PL?
3PL stands for third-party logistics. Third-party logistics companies can offer countless logistics, warehousing, supply chain management and distribution services that your company may need. Working with a 3PL enables you to meet all logistics, transportation and related needs by working seamlessly with one team, often with a single point of contact, so you always know who to call. If you choose to work with a 3PL, you don’t need to use all of their services, but you will have the option to use as many as you see fit. Working with a 3PL is the most comprehensive way to outsource your logistics needs.
Why Companies are Turning to 3PL
There are many reasons why companies are turning to 3PLs to support their logistics, transportation, warehousing and supply chain management- here are just a few.
Working with a 3PL Can Reduce Costs
Perhaps the number one reason why companies are turning to 3PLs is that working with a 3PL can help your business save money in multiple ways. The 3PL you choose to work with is likely to have existing relationships with freight companies and other partners, giving them the ability to negotiate pricing. Outsourcing warehousing and transportation services also means costs saved in terms of time, overhead, maintenance and more.
Work with a 3PL to Improve Your Logistics Processes
Logistics can quickly get complicated, even for a small business, and this is one of the many reasons why companies are turning to 3PLs. A 3PL will be able to identify how your supply chain and logistics processes can be improved to save time and money, and make your business more efficient.
Working with a 3PL Offers Room for Growth
Working with a 3PL offers the flexibility your business will need as it grows, or as business fluctuates.
- Your in-house team will be able to spend more time focusing on their own areas of expertise. Without in-house time spent on logistics, your business may be able to grow faster.
- If you start doing business in new locations, a national or international logistics company will already have a network in place to support you as you grow.
- Working with a 3PL can help you improve customer service, improve delivery times and more.
Contact Beltmann Integrated Logistics today to learn more about why companies are turning to 3PLs and how we can support your business.