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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Freight Class Tips to Know
When you schedule a shipment without first determining the proper freight class, there’s a good chance your shipping quote won’t match your final invoice. By taking time to understand the freight classification system, you’ll be able to classify your freight correctly and avoid surprises down the road.