Logistics costs for B2C businesses can reach up to 30% of an operation’s full budget, and utilizing a large-scale operation like a third party logistics provider can help manage costs. Though it may be a natural instinct to think that this decrease in costs will also impact your customer service experience, the reality is far from true for most businesses. In addition to decreasing shipping costs, working with a specialized team for warehousing, fulfillment and distribution comes with several advantages to your customers:
The economies of scale available to 3PL providers allow you to adjust your inventory without concern of optimal warehouse utilization, which means you can keep the inventory necessary as your customers’ needs change. Their large scale operation also allows for more frequent deliveries, so your customers get their products more quickly and oftentimes with fewer shipping costs.
Bleeding Edge Technology
Automated de-spacing systems, radio-shuttle pallet systems, pallet wrapping, conveyors, shipment tracking systems, radio frequency identification, 3D printed storage solutions. Is your business familiar with all of these supply chain technologies? If not, you may not be providing the best possible service to your customers. Each industry requires individual technological solutions. Should you be keeping tabs on drones or driverless vehicles to invest in the future of your supply chain? Let your 3PL team review your needs and help you create an optimal logistics strategy to meet your clientele’s needs.
Third party logistics providers have access to expensive systems that track shipments, materials and products for both incoming and outgoing deliveries. Technical personnel trained to maintain and update these systems can provide you with data on the location of critical deliveries to plan your production with greater reliability and provide tracking of deliveries to your customers more efficiently. The resulting streamlined operations reduce errors while allowing the quick diagnosis of a problem to satisfy to the customer.
Do What You Do Best!
Don’t get bogged down in low-tech tracking notifications and finding solutions to scaling your storage. By partnering with an expert 3PL team for your warehousing, logistics and fulfillment needs, you can focus on what makes your business great. Focus your attention on your own strengths to have the greatest likelihood to increase your sales while providing the best service and product innovations to your customers.
In order to provide a competitive service, your business must put the customer first. That is why your customers are our first priority at JIT Services. By working with a member of our service team, together we can create an individualized logistics plan for your business to ensure the customer gets their products just in time, every time.