One trend we frequently see as companies grow in reach and size is the need to adapt change within the organization and apply it to their supply chains. As more businesses expand their services nationally and especially internationally, it’s crucial to take another look at your inbound and outbound shipments to ensure you are cutting costs and time, while saving resources.
Easier said than done. Although your organization quickly outgrew your current supply chain, it can take three times as long to update it so it now aligns with your current business process and goals. By the time changes are implemented, your business could have grown significantly again! However, creating a partnership with a 3PL can greatly benefit your organization as it continues to grow. Below are 3 ways your business can benefit from leveraging a 3PL relationship.
2. Ability to quickly adapt – Time is of the essence in every aspect of business. As your company grows, it can be difficult to ensure each department is adapting likewise and maintaining consistency without losing sight of your business’ goals. However, through your 3PL partnership, they are able to make adjustments to your shipping processes. Regardless if you are changing shipping modes or implementing a new drop shipment procedure, a 3PL is able to quickly adapt your shipping needs, without sacrificing service or the quality you expect.
3. Reduce the Learning Curve – Although logistics is not a new process, the requirements, policies and industry standards continue to evolve. Rather than using valuable internal resources to attempt to keep up with changes in the industry, leverage a 3PL’s experience and knowledge. This will allow you more time to focus on other internal processes.