It is becoming more and more common for companies to contract warehousing or distribution services for their products or merchandise. The reasons may be many, ranging from lack of resources such as space or physical locations to carry out these functions, to lack of time for such activities.
But how can a 3PL operator help me improve my company’s operations? Why should I trust you to do a good job?
Although in recent years many companies have talked about the improvements they have brought to their companies, it is better that you learn how they make it possible and the importance of an optimal and efficient logistics plan.
What is a 3PL?
3PL Logistics, also known as Third Party Logistics or Outsourced Logistics, are the services that a company hires someone else to take care of its logistics, such as warehousing, order picking, shipping or transportation.
Therefore, the 3PL service providers are responsible for delivering the goods or products to the customer, which makes it an intermediary.
What is the meaning of 1PL, 2PL, 3PL…?
The classification of logistics operators varies according to the number of tasks they perform in the company. The reason why their classification is PL is because of their term Party Logistics, which means “Logistics Providers” and the number is nothing more than the specification of the amount of services that these providers offer.
1PL (First Party Logistics): In charge of transportation
2PL (Second Party Logistics): In charge of transportation and warehousing
3PL (Third Party Logistics): In charge of transportation, warehousing and management of these activities.
4PL (Fourth Party Logistics): In charge of consulting, supervision and auditing of 3PL operators.
5PL (Fifth Party Logistics): Integration of services performed by 3PL and 4PL.
If you want to know what type of logistics provider your company needs, it will depend on the line of business, size and activities your company performs.
What differentiates a 3PL from a 4PL?
One of the most notable differences between 3PL and 4PL providers is that the 3PL service has its own warehousing and transportation space for shipping.
In short, 3PLs are in charge of providing the aforementioned services, while 4PLs are only in charge of providing knowledge for process improvement.
Why is it important for 3PL providers to have a fixed location?
As already mentioned, one of the main characteristics of 3PLs is that they have a space where they can carry out their activities.
This is one of the main points of interest for companies since many times they do not have these spaces and hiring a 3PL represents a saving in land costs and of course, personnel, which is an advantage economically speaking.
In addition, 3PL providers usually have centers that streamline the delivery of goods, are usually located in places that, of course, facilitate logistics and provide a fast and efficient service to the end customer.
The advantages of hiring a 3PL provider are many, but it is important that all those 3PLs interested in continuing to grow in their line of business, continue to search for spaces that give them the opportunity to remain competitive in the market and among companies.
Are you a 3PL provider looking for space to keep your company on the rise? We can help you!
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