Companies are putting more emphasis on logistics due to the impact it has on customer loyalty and earnings. At the same time, logistics costs are increasing and transportation management is becoming more complex, digitized and fast-paced.
To combat these complexities, companies are looking for logistics service providers that do more than simply book shipments and take orders. 3PLs that are solution-focused and can solve logistics challenges are pivotal to adding value to a company’s supply chain.
What to Expect from a Solutions-Focused 3PL
Solutions-focused 3PLs move businesses beyond freight transactions, helping them evolve and think strategically about logistics and transportation management. The difference between a transactional and solutions-focused 3PL is like vacation planning. If you’re taking a week-long vacation to Disney World, do you show up at the entrance your first day to buy tickets and book a hotel room, or do you plan in advance to secure the best prices and terms?
The same goes for logistics and freight. If you buy at the last minute, you’re paying a premium on the spot market. Thinking long-term and holistically helps you predict demand so you can secure cost-effective contracts at competitive rates. Solutions-focused 3PLs help you plan, strategize and purchase your transportation in a consultative, collaborative and data-driven way.
A solutions-focused 3PL will provide the following value-added services:
We encourage you to look beyond your freight planning as a series of independent transactions to a well-thought strategy, which will help you become more efficient, improve performance and save money.
Learn how a solution-focused 3PL can drive overall cost savings and efficiency into your supply chain. Request a logistics and freight needs analysis: call 855-444-6608 or contact us.