What is Third Party Logistics?

3PL Explained

3PL or Third Party Logistics

is a supply chain service that allows you to outsource your operational logistics from warehousing to pick, pack and dispatch, all the way through to final delivery to the end-user. The most important reason for online retailers to use a 3PL partner, is that it enables them to shift focus, using the core competencies to grow their brand.

There are many services that form the overall end-to-end logistic solution that is called Third-Party Logistics. 3PL can include: freight forwarding, customs clearance, transportation, warehousing, inventory management and -forecasting, picking and packing, order fulfillment and reverse logistics (product returns). 3PL can even help you with marketing in the form of branded packaging and special inserts.

3PL Third Party Logistics

What are the 3PL Benefits?

Third Party Logistics Benefits

Focus on what you do best

Stop taping boxes and licking envelopes! It’s time to get back to scoping out the right product, improving marketing and expanding channels. Focus on growth and leave the logistics to a solid partner.

Gain international logistics experience and reach

Instead of spending years to gain logistics experience, why not hire a partner that has all of that covered? By using an experienced fulfilment partner you can hugely benefit from their knowledge. Expanding into Europe or the USA? There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, especially when you use a 3PL with a network of European warehouse locations. Get ready for Brexit!

Offer more, better and cheaper shipping options to your customers

Connecting to many different couriers gives you the ability to offer more, better and cheaper delivery options to your customers. Same-day dispatch, next-day delivery, priority service, tracking and delivery scheduling are important elements of the purchase decision and the client’s perception of your brand.

Generate cost savings

Not having to maintain your own warehouse space and staff can be a big cost-saving measure. Also, companies that provide good inventory forecasting can help optimize your inventory levels and save on inventory costs.

What else is of major importance?

3PL Pitfalls

A trust-based relationship

Where this is probably true for most business relationships, it is crucial when outsourcing your logistics to a third party. You are handing over control of one of the most critical part of your business, so you must be absolutely sure that it ends up in the most capable hands. Read more here

Company Culture, Commitment and Service

Building a long-term partnership requires a match of company culture and values. Mistakes happen, but it takes a committed partner to deal with them head-on and not “pick things up after the weekend”. A 3PL should deliver service that goes beyond your expectations, is customizable and matches your brand-values.

Systems and Technological Compatibility

The connection between your sales platform, marketplace or multi-channel aggregator with our WMS (Warehouse Management System) and dispatch system should be seamless and flawless. A good 3PL provider’s systems are integrated with most eCommerce platforms and marketplaces. In most cases, setting up the connection should be fast and painless. Using an obscure online retail software package may involve custom fixes to make things work.

Freight Services

We arrange air and sea freight for many of our clients from for instance China into Europe, but also into the USA from the UK.

Customer Service & Support

As your partner, we offer outstanding customer support. Happy customers is what makes us tick.

Inventory Management

Stock checks, expiry date management, replenishment and goods in routines with real time data through our systems.

End-to-end Services

Our service can be modular or span from Freight to Last Mile Delivery with every step in between.

Order Processing

Whether through a simple spreadsheet, FTP or an API, we will keep you in touch with the status of your orders.

Consulting Services

10 years of experience in the Global eCommerce Fulfilment business is a value you can benefit from.

Courier & Delivery Management

We work with most of the UK’s and Europe’s biggest postal operators and courriers. This means we can focus on speed and flexibility.

4PL Services

We offer full service for Brick-and-Mortar businesses that are ready to go online, or take it to the next level.

Address:

Woburn Road Industrial Estate Kempston

Email:

info@profulfilment.com

We are open:

Mn-Fr: 8AM-8PM

Address:

Woburn Road Industrial Estate Kempston

Phone:

+44 (0)20 3581 7944

Email:

info@profulfilment.com

We are open:

Mn-Fr: 8AM-8PM

Address:

Woburn Road Industrial Estate Kempston

Phone:

+44 (0)20 3581 7944

Email:

info@profulfilment.com

We are open:

Mn-Fr: 8AM-8PM