Third-party logistics includes tasks like transportation, warehousing, picking and packing, inventory forecasting, order fulfillment, packaging and freight forwarding.
For the full definition of 3PL, take a look at our ‘What is 3pl’ blog post.
3PL works well with e-commerce businesses, where small management operations have access to larger storage and despatch operations, controlled remotely.
A 3PL provider like Bray Solutions can take care of the whole thing. From the despatch, order processing and keeping control of stock. With 3PL, also, we take care of all of your warehousing responsibilities. Including the little extras such as unloading pallets and containers, sorting, picking and packing orders, and handling all of your despatches.
3pl Services – The Process:
First of all…
Goods in – We can receive your shipments in any format – cartons, pallets or containers.
Stock management – Stock is broken down, checked, palletised if necessary, and stored securely using our Warehouse Management System (WMS).
Order processing – Orders received via multi-channel system are processed by the sales team, and sent to the relevant warehouse, where a Wi-Fi scanner will it pick it.
Packing and dispatch – Your orders are professionally packed and despatched to the agreed timescales using our logistics partners, worldwide.
Full reporting – Stock is in our control. We will provide you with reports to manage your business.
Aftercare – Our customer service teams are there for you while supporting your customers too. They will answer any customer queries or complaints so you don’t have to.
What to look for in a 3pl service provider:
Space – Especially relevant, a warehouse should have the space to expand with your business. Do they offer bulk store or racked, seasonal and overspill storage?
Flexibility – Can the warehouse receive your goods in any format? Either single cartons, pallets or container? Do they have the latest WMS to be able to do so?
Cost effective- Flexible, cost effective warehouse storage options on both a long and short-term basis should be available to your business.
Security – Do they provide modern warehouse facilities with the latest security systems and safety features? You should feel rest assured that your goods are well taken care of in addition to 24hrs a day monitoring.
Transparent reporting – With the very latest IT Systems, a warehouse should be able to promise full management reports to keep track of goods, orders, and deliveries to help evaluate your business.
Haulage – How will the warehouse distribute your product?
When your business is taking the next step and services are expanding or the product base is growing, working with 3pl services will help your business stay on track during growth.
Bray can offer the above and more. To find out how Bray Solutions can support your business with our full 3pl services, contact us on 01780 784875 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Warehouse scalability is the allowance of a process or system to keep track of work in the warehouse, thus providing the ability to accommodate warehouse growth.