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Growing Pains: How to Prevent Outgrowing your Supply Chain

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 29, 2017 2:19:33 PM

Prevent Outgrowing Your Supply Chain

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.

1. Trusted Relationship – We Know Your Business – One of the greatest advantages of outsourcing your logistics to a 3PL is the relationship that is built and maintained. A quality 3PL will take the time to learn your business’ current process, culture and needs. Once this understanding is established, they can create a customized freight solution that is aligned with your current and future goals. Having a partner who is experienced with your business practices, suppliers and shipping preferences, is better suited to act as an extension of your logistics team, providing an invaluable advantage over your competitors.

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. 

Topics: Supply Chain, Business Growth