Logistics Blog | The Grimes Companies in Jacksonville, FL
Many companies start out handling their own logistics as a means of saving money while controlling the processes. But, at some point, turning things over to a 3PL provider can be more efficient, as well as cost-effective. So, how do you know when it’s time to find a 3PL logistics provider?

What Do You Have Now? There are many things to consider before making the switch from DIY to a 3PL provider, so start by taking inventory on what you have versus what you need at this stage in your company development. Here are a few questions to help clarify where you are at:

  • Does it make sense to free up your time so you can focus on building the business?
  • Do you have all the needed equipment, space and technology to properly manage things today, and grow with you tomorrow?
  • Is managing customer service for shipping and returns taking time away from your other responsibilities?
  • Can you afford to hire more people, buy more equipment, and increase your space without hurting your bottom line?
  • Can you cut shipping and freight costs by taking advantage of a 3PL’s economy of scale?
  • It May Be Time To Find A Logistics Partner When your business is constantly running in high-demand and you need more resources available to keep up, a 3PL partner can help keep you from developing a backlog of new orders or returns by making the process more efficient. Additionally, they can offer shipment and inventory management that can make things easier on you, and more positive for your customers.

    With 3PLs you pay for what you use, so you can save money by scaling back during slow seasons, and are able to ramp things up when things are moving. Best of all, you get a team of people working with you without having to add more to your payroll and benefits budget.

    Making It Work There is no easy formula for determining whether or not it’s time to bring on a logistics partner. You must look at what will work best for your business, your people, and your customers. The good news is there are many options available and with a little research, you can find the right solution for your needs now, and in the future.

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