There are a multitude of advantages that businesses can utilize by outsourcing their logistics and supply chain needs to a third party logistics (3PL) provider. While every 3PL is unique in how they operate and what they provide their clients, many offer the same comprehensive solutions for shipping, warehousing and distribution of clients’ goods. The following are 4 benefits we find customers are able to take advantage of by using a 3PL provider.

  1. Leverage and Utilize a Stronger Shipping Network

By leveraging and utilizing a 3PL’s resource network, each step in the supply chain can be executed in the most efficient, cost effective way possible. 3PLs have the ability to leverage relationships and volume discounts on their client’s behalf, which result in lower overhead and the fastest possible service. By outsourcing your logistics and supply chain needs your business will thrive with new resources that might otherwise be unavailable to an in-house team.

  1. Free-up Time and Money

A good 3PL will eliminate the need to invest in warehouse space, technology, transportation and staff to execute your logistic process. They also save your company valuable time by handling the complexities of your supply chain, freeing up your staff to focus on core competencies and day-to-day business. With a 3PL there is no need to worry about paperwork, billing, audits, training, staffing and optimization involved with getting your goods where they need to go.

  1. Benefit from Professional Expertise

An experienced 3PL is knowledgeable of your industries best practices, capable of advanced reporting and inventory management and provides greater visibility during the entire process. By utilizing a 3PL service, your business can have confidence knowing all their logistic and supply chain needs are being met by reliable and experienced professionals.

  1. Continuous Optimization Efforts

3PL providers like AFS have resources dedicated to your company and have the ability to make adjustments and improvements to each link in your supply chain.  They are there to make sure your company’s needs are met by leveraging efficient and cost saving strategies and systems.

Outsourcing your logistic and supply chain needs to a 3PL can help you to maximize profits, minimize transit time and ensure continuous improvements to your shipping needs. To learn more about AFS and how we can help maximize your supply chain efforts contact us at 877-242-3383 or