Logistics Blog | Total Distribution, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL

If you have a business with increasing transportation and warehousing needs, you have probably been involved with one or two 3PL providers.

When everything is running efficiently and on-time, all is good. But, when a shipment is late, or prices go up far more than expected, you may find yourself looking for a new 3PL partner.

The good news is there are many 3PL providers available, each with their own set of services and capabilities. The hard part is digging through all of them to select the right one that will meet your needs today, and as your business continues to grow.

While there are countless things to consider, here are 3 things to consider when looking for a 3PL provider:

  • 1. Know what you need. It may sound like a no-brainer, but before you go shopping for a 3PL provider, you need to have a checklist of your needs and goals. For example, what type of transportation do you require? Do you need warehousing services? By setting goals and key performance indicators you can concisely express your needs to potential 3PL partners, and determine if they can provide the services you desire.

  • 2. Research and reference. Before you select a 3PL provider, do your research. Check their track record. Get references related to the services you need. Make sure their tracking and technology systems can integrate with yours. And, check their longevity and financial status to protect yourself from a short-term company that may leave you hanging.

  • 3. Look to the future. Your business plan is to grow, and your 3PL provider should be able to grow with you. Whether you move into new regions, or need additional services, a good 3PL will have the solutions you need all along the way.

A little pre-planning and research will go a long way in helping you select the right 3PL provider, which can save you time, money, and stress in the long-run.

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