It goes without saying that financial times are tough for just about every business in the current economic landscape. Managers are facing difficult decisions concerning where to cut spending while still maintaining the same level of quality and service. Outsourcing to a third-party logistics company can be a viable solution to save valuable time and money.
Technology investment: A shipping company requires costly and sophisticated technology. Logistics companies have already made the investment in this technology, as well as other necessary resources like internal IT. “3PLs have turnkey solutions at their disposal to support complex supply-chain challenges,” said Dennis Maltby, Executive Vice President of Unyson Logistics.
Focus on generating revenue: Since 3PLs already employ trained and qualified resources in the logistics industry, shipping company managers and employees can focus more on revenue generating Tasks. “Having a “do it yourself” philosophy is important for those who have limited budgets. However, spending all of your time “operating” your business leaves less time for the tasks that produce revenue,” said Ayal Latz, President and Founder of a2b Fulfillment.
Industry experience: 3PLs chief focus and expertise is on supply chain management. Through working with a 3PL your company will benefit from their industry knowledge and insight. 3PLs utilize on the latest industry information and trends, providing a unique competitive advantage for companies and their customers.
Visibility: 3PLs can reduce overall costs while delivering visibility into all modes of transportation. “This will reduce overall supply-chain cycle times and allow for superior customer service,” says Maltby.
Continuous improvement: A 3PL does far more than ship your packages. At a2b Fulfillment, the order management system seamlessly manages a client’s campaign while providing a real-time, 360-degree view of it all. A2b also works with the client’s shipping company to continually improve the process.
Value, Savings & Reporting: 3PLs are always focused on delivering value that will result in savings for the customer. a2b provides Multi-Channel Retail marketers access to a plethora of data and analytics that help uncover opportunities, increase performance and develop deeper insight into the campaign.
Leverage: “3PLs leverage the collective spending of their clients, increasing the buying power of an individual shipper.” A2b can save you time and money by leveraging our carrier relationships to handle your shipments.
The benefits of partnering with a 3PL for shipping companies are endless. If you’re considering partnering with 3PL to manage your order fulfillment and/or shipping solutions, contact a2b Fulfillment today at 1-866-843-3827.