For a business, efficiency is the key to success. Keeping a cap on weaknesses while taking advantage of opportunities and strengths in your workforce are the best ways to build a business that grows. Handing off your supply chain management to the experts is a great way to do just that. Here’s how:
Decrease Shipping Costs
When working with a 3PL over parcel shipments, your business is increasing the economies of scale in many directions. When working with a parcel distribution network, you’re negotiating at the same level as any citizen with access to UPS, USPS, or FedEx. But with us, you’re working with a business to cover a larger quantity of shipping fees at a time, which creates opportunities to drastically decrease shipping costs per product sold.
Move Product More Effectively
When you’re working with a team that gives you access to bulk packaging, pickers and packers, customized distribution channels, supply chain planning experts, and more, of course they’re going to be more capable of moving your products reliably and efficiently. With parcel shipping, you’re going to run into barriers like maximum weights, maximum size, and wildly varying price expectations outside of a short range of distance. These things are not the same when working with a 3PL. With them, you can plan for your business long term and quickly scale as your business grows without repercussion.
Provide More Detailed Distribution Tracking
When your entire business is centered on shipping products to customers, it’s only a matter of time before a package is lost. But working with a 3PL allows your business to gain access to tracking technology you wouldn’t have otherwise. You’ll get shipping notifications at every distribution node your product passes through as well as the ability to see other parcels shipped at the same time. This can help you quickly discern whether a particular package is lost or just delayed. But you can also gain access to GPS shipment trackers to track particularly sensitive shipments in real time. These are all great solutions to help empower a nervous customer in the case that their product doesn’t arrive in the time they expected.
Advance Your Sustainability Efforts
Making your operations more eco-friendly is increasing in popularity, especially for those of us in the logistics industry. This can sound like a daunting effort to initiate in your company operations, but when you partner with a 3PL you can get your foot in the door with ease! A partner like us can boost sustainability across your supply chain through reduced energy consumption, sharing resources, reducing risk and more. The big push for green initiatives presents another hurdle: sustaining them over time. Implementing new practices might require a learning curve for your team, but your 3PL team already has it down to a science; they can further your efforts toward more green operations without you having to lift a finger.
Third-party logistics partners give their users access to many logistics advantages, but one of the most clear is how efficient it can make your distribution system. These kinds of changes are nice to see on paper, but what they’re especially great at is making an impact on every aspect of your business from product development to sales to customer service. Sound good? Reach out to our team to learn more about how JIT Services can help grow your business.