Third-party logistics, or 3PLs, are third party companies that provide businesses with order fulfilment and distribution services, including stock control, order processing and packaging.
Guardian Warehousing offer full logistic provisions to UK businesses of any size and across all industries.
We have years of experience in logistical operations and supply chain management, as well as on-site experts who can oversee and manage the entire process for your business from the moment you receive an order to the point of customer delivery with even further support available through our reverse logistics service.
We will work closely with you to create a package that is perfectly tailored to your business needs and ensures a smooth process and excellent customer experience.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS PROVIDER?
There are many reasons why businesses choose to handover their logistical operations to a third-party logistics provider, so if this is something that you are considering doing for the first time then here are some of its advantages…
LEAVES YOU WITH MORE TIME AND RESOURCES
The logistical operations of a business are comprehensive and complex which can use up a lot of time and resources. It requires a large team to handle everything from processing and packing orders to delivering them to customers and, if not closely monitored and managed, it can make or break a business.
By outsourcing the services of a third-party logistics provider, you will have instant access to a large team who have years of experience in logistical operations and supply chain management and can ensure that this area of your business runs smoothly, leaving you to focus on other things, such as sales and marketing.
It can be substantially cheaper to invest your money in a third-party logistics company than to build your own logistics team in-house, especially because 3PLs have good relationships and more leverage with freight companies than individual shippers do so they can negotiate competitive rates.
SCALE UP AND DOWN AS REQUIRED
When you have a full-time inhouse logistics team, it can be difficult to manage any peaks in demand that the business is likely to experience at certain times of year.
You will either need to expand your team, which can then cause problems further down the line when demand is lower, or you end up overworking the team that you have in order to get orders out on time.
A third-party logistics provider will have all the resources to cope with an increase in demand, even at short notice, without putting pressure on your company and with no additional costs, so they can be flexible in scaling up and down with the business.
Logistical operations don’t run smoothly all the time; unforeseen circumstances can pop up (take a global pandemic, for example) and shipping delays can happen. When things do go wrong, a 3PL is responsible for resolving the issue and ensuring that the customer receives a good experience – this removes all liability from you. You’ll also be protected in the event of damage or loss of goods.
ACCESS TO A WIDER DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
Third-party logistics providers have access to a wide distribution network which means that your goods can get to the customer – no matter where they are in the UK – faster with next-day, or even same-day, shipping often possible.
This will improve customer experience and make your business more attractive against competitors.
Guardian Warehousing are a leading third-party logistics provider who have a highly skilled and well-trained team of workers that can carry out every aspect of your logistics to a high standard so that you can experience all the above benefits of working with a professional 3PL.
We also provide businesses with a safe, secure and clean site to store their goods and products with our pallet storage and block stacking options.
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