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What is a 3PL

Does Your Business Need a 3PL Partner?

Learn how partnering with a 3PL provider like Unishippers could improve your company’s freight shipping logistics.
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Unishippers: The 3PL Made for SMB Shippers

Let's face it: running a business takes time — and sometimes you simply don't have the time and resources you need to dedicate to your shipping logistics! That's why streamlining your shipping processes with the help of a third-party logistics (3PL) partner is a great (and easy) way to level up your business. In fact, according to a 2019 study, more than 80% of companies outsource some (if not all) of their domestic shipping.

There's no doubt that working with a 3PL is a great way to optimize your business shipping, however, most 3PLs tailor their services specifically to enterprise businesses with huge shipping volumes. If you're a small to mid-sized business (SMB) shipper trying to use tools and services that were made with larger companies in mind, then you're not getting the value you deserve.

Your business is worthy of a shipping partner that prioritizes your unique needs. With Unishippers, you're not just an afterthought. Unlike any other 3PL partner, we focus specifically on the needs of SMB shippers like you. So what can Unishippers' SMB-driven logistics services do for your business?

1. We leverage the combined shipping volume of our customers to provide you with unmatched shipping rates.

When you become a Unishippers customer, you join a network of 83,000+ SMB shippers who receive great rates for their business shipping. While your individual shipping volume may be small, leveraging the combined shipping volume of all our SMB customers enables us to negotiate discounted rates with 65+ top freight carriers. Not to mention that we are the largest non-retail Authorized Reseller of UPS® shipping services, which means we also offer great rates for all your small package needs. In other words, by partnering with Unishippers, you'll gain access to freight and small package pricing that's typically only available to larger shippers — all from one full-service 3PL company. Get a freight or small package shipping quote today.

2. We provide industry-leading tools and technology, purpose-built to help SMBs like you manage their shipping with ease.

Adopting the various shipping technologies needed to stay competitive can get expensive fast! We've solved this problem by creating a state-of-the-art online transportation management system (TMS) to provide a simpler, smarter way for SMBs to manage their shipping. And even better, it was purpose-built for the unique needs of SMB shippers like you! Our proprietary TMS is an all-in-one shipping solution that puts you in the (metaphorical) driver's seat. From full-scale quote comparisons to dynamic shipment tracking and everything in between, our TMS system is designed to make managing your small package and freight shipping dependable and cost-effective. The best part? As a Unishippers customer, you get free access to our TMS so you don't have to invest in one yourself. Our team will even help you get your business set up on the Unishippers platform so you can enjoy a seamless transition into an elevated way to ship. Schedule a demo of our easy-to-use TMS today.

3. We understand the unique challenges that SMBs face and provide you with personalized solutions.

Third-party logistics companies are often large enterprises. While that has its benefits, it can also cause your 3PL partners to overlook the distinct needs of small businesses — because let's face it, your needs are different from larger shippers. Luckily for SMBs that partner with Unishippers, our franchise owners are small business owners themselves, so they understand the specific difficulties that you face. Pair that unique small business expertise with the backing of one of the nation's largest, must trusted 3PLs (not to mention our 30+ years in the industry) and you've got everything you need to succeed. As a Unishippers customer, you'll get access to a dedicated support team who will learn your business's unique challenges and use our comprehensive resources and expertise to help you craft a winning shipping strategy to simplify your logistics. Request a shipping analysis today to get started.

Choosing the right 3PL for your business is essential if you want to optimize your shipping logistics (and save time and money in the process). With Unishippers, you get the best of both worlds — access to the buying power and resources of a leading third-party logistics company while working directly with people who understand the specific needs of SMB shippers like you. That means you get access to better (and easier) ways to save on all of your business shipping.

Ready to work with a 3PL that puts you first? Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your business!