Hiring a 3PL Saves Time and Money
July 8, 2021
According to the 2021 Third-Party Logistics Study
, nearly all third-party logistics (3PL) users agree that supply chains are evolving into much more dynamic ecosystems of the organizations they serve. Fulfilling customer orders is an integral part of business operations, but the scope isn’t feasible for many businesses when done in-house. If a team struggles with overwhelming demand and staying ahead of competitors, it may be time to look into a 3PL with last-mile transportation.
A 3PL that executes last-mile delivery can offer time and cost-saving services to a company and help mitigate risk. While a 3PL provider handles efficient management of a supply chain, its last-mile delivery service will manage transportation of goods from warehouse to final destination, maintain customer satisfaction and minimize overhead costs.
What to Look For in a 3PL
The pandemic changed the ways shippers and 3PLs connect with last-mile transportation providers. Many 3PL companies formed new strategic partnerships because of these changes, and now more than ever, that relationship plays an integral role in the supply chain.
When looking for a 3PL with last-mile delivery, companies must be honest about their goals and work together with the 3PL to develop and execute a course of action that makes the most sense. A 3PL will simplify the fulfillment process and ease the strain on a company’s existing supply chain. Additionally, as a separate entity from a company, it will not require ongoing attention to operate. A 3PL with a last-mile delivery service is essential for staying ahead of the competition.
When researching prospective 3PLs, it is paramount that their facilities match reach requirements and are equipped to handle the unique inventory a company fulfills in the supply chain. For example, Atlas Logistics® specializes in handling various operating supplies and equipment (OS&E) as well as furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). In facilities near large urban centers, last-mile carriers can separate volume loads into smaller shipments and make regularly scheduled urban deliveries, such as shipment deliveries to retail stores.
Insurance and Accountability
Materials handling doesn’t come without risk, meaning it’s essential to identify companies that insure goods at replacement value. Communication with an outsourced warehouse management partner is critical to the integrity of the supply chain. Be sure to know the main point of contact as well as their involvement in operations. This person should be accountable and quick to adapt to any unforeseen situations that may occur.
A 3PL may be the perfect answer for progress-driven businesses to keep up with both rising business expenses and rising consumer demands. Companies can expect their shipment to be streamlined, allowing for market expansion and a better overall customer experience. Last-mile delivery plays an integral role in the supply chain, and when working together with a 3PL, companies can better meet the increasing demands of consumers.
Choosing a 3PL
As an Atlas World Group, Inc. company, Atlas Logistics brings proven strength and stability providing both 3PL services and last-mile delivery. No matter a company’s logistics needs, we have the experience and resources, including over 450 warehouse locations in North America. If your company is considering outsourcing, contact us
today for a quote or to learn more about our customized supply chain solutions.