Many companies that ship and handle their freight in-house eventually reach a point where they start to consider ways to make the process more cost-efficient and effective.
Businesses started outsourcing shipping and handling in droves following the 2008 recession in order to help get their items out in a more efficient way. As the market remains strong and shows signs of continued growth, many shippers are now staying the course with their 3PLs so they can continue to focus on growing their companies.
Saving Time And Money Only Part Of The Story
Saving time and money might be the biggest reason many firms turn to 3PLs, but the decision to go with a 3PL can bring many other benefits, too. Their industry knowledge and expertise places them in a unique position to maximize your company’s success. They also typically have a much better freight carrier network in place. 3PLs can also provide continuous support that is tailored to your specific needs.
In short, 3PLs bring value and volume to carriers. In fact, big businesses that forego the 3PL route and ship their products a few times a week will pay more than smaller businesses who opt to partner with a 3PL for the task.
Some of the other time-consuming tasks this helps you eliminate include calling various shipping companies, auditing and billing, filling out piles of paperwork, and occupying extra warehouse space. The 3PL takes care of all of this, freeing you up to worry about more important things.
A 3PL can come in really handy if your business is seasonal because they can adapt to ebbs and flows more easily. Best of all, they can help you stay on top of the latest trends and technology in freight and logistics.
As the industry continues to change, a 3PL can help ensure you are prepared to stay on top of things without taking a hit to your bottom line.
This blog post was based off an article from Tampa Bay Business Journal. View the original here.