Picking the Perfect 3PL

It's almost as important as choosing the shoes you wear.
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Choosing the right third-party logistics (3PL) provider is as important as selecting the shoes you wear each day. You may opt for a pair of sandals on a sunny day, but you wouldn’t want to wear those same sandals on a rainy day. The same goes for shipping freight. What fits your needs one day might not be the right fit for the next day.

Working with a trustworthy 3PL company presents your business with a “wardrobe” of options for the most efficient, cost-effective, and fastest freight shipping options based on your needs. For example, if the freight you are sending isn’t time-critical, you could compare options from multiple carriers in the 3PL network to get a better rate. Or maybe you need a carrier who has proved reliable with inside delivery and handling fragile pieces.

What is a 3PL?

3PL stands for third-party logistics and refers to businesses that outsource supply chain management elements, including distribution, warehousing, packing services, fulfillment, and reverse logistics. A 3PL company may provide a single service or a bundle of services spanning multiple aspects of your supply chain.

Benefits of using a 3PL provider for your business:

Shipping expertise: supply chains are complex, and shipping large volumes of products can come with significant challenges, but a 3PL knows the ins and outs to reduce shipping errors, streamline operations, and relieve stress.

Save time and money: potentially eliminate the need to invest in an expensive transportation management system, warehouse space, and employees to carry out logistics. A 3PL allows you to focus on your core business objectives while they handle your shipping logistics.

Greater negotiating power: a single carrier has set rates that you’re stuck with. A 3PL has multiple carriers to negotiate the best rates, routes, and service level for your needs. Plus, the volume a 3PL handles may qualify you for bulk discounts you likely wouldn’t qualify on your own.

Risk mitigation: with a single shipping carrier, you’re putting all your eggs in one basket; however, a 3PL on your side can provide alternative solutions to reduce risks, and have carriers that offer an array of services such as:

  • White glove delivery
  • Military base delivery
  • Limited access delivery
  • Temperature controlled service
  • Volume shipments
  • Excessive length shipments
  • Alcohol shipments
  • And much more!

Contact Unishippers for the Best 3PL Services

As an established 3PL, Unishippers works with over 65+ carriers to cater to just about any need. So don’t get stuck wearing those sandals on a rainy day when it’s not necessary.

Contact Unishippers for a free assessment of your shipping operations to see how beneficial the right 3PL can be for your business.

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