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Third Party Logistics (3PL) Companies

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Third party logistics (3PL) companies are a becoming an important part of today’s supply chain. These companies offer services that can allow businesses to outsource part of all of their supply chain management function. This is a opportunity to have logistics experts look at your specific outsourcing challenges and needs, and give you free, no-obligation advice, solutions, and information specific to your request. It is a firm that provides multiple logistics services for use by customers. Preferably, these services are integrated, or “bundled” together, by the provider. Among the services 3PLs provide Transloading, warehousing, trucking, fulfillment, drayage, bulk transloading, cross dock, shipping, order fulfillment and freight forwarding.”Blackhawk Logistics provides a one-stop value added logistics solution. Deciding to a use a third party logistics company is a decision that depends on a variety of factors that differ from business to business. The decision to outsource certain business functions will depend on the company’s plans; future objectives, product lines, expansion, acquisitions, etc.

Once a decision has been made to outsource certain processes then a company will begin a search for the right 3PL that fits all their requirements at the best possible price. Asset based third party logistics companies use their own trucks, warehouses and personnel to operate their business. Management based companies provide the technological and managerial functions to operate the logistics functions of their clients, but do so using the assets of other companies and do not necessarily own any assets. The third category, Integrated Providers, can either be asset based or management based companies that supplement their services with whatever services are needed by their clients.

When selecting a 3PL, the request for information (RFI) or quotation (RFQ) should be as detailed as possible. The company that is selected should be able to fulfill all the logistics requirements and that can only be assured if every requirement is communicated to potential companies. The RFI should include a detailed description of the areas to be outsourced. As The scope of the contract, including locations, facilities, departments. And Information on volumes involved; number of deliveries, warehouse sizes, number of items, etc.

Choosing the Right Fulfillment Solutions Provider

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Order fulfillment, or delivery of goods, is a part of commerce operation once an order is received. Fulfillment refers to those providing the storing of customers’ materials until they request delivery to themselves or to a third party. Vendors also provide fulfillment services of requests received form a customer by mail, phone, fax or any other electronic means, better known as “pick and pack.”

Choosing the right fulfillment solutions provider for your business is a decision not to be taken lightly. The company that you decide upon should, hopefully, be an improvement over your own ability to provide high quality services in a reliable and efficient manner while also maintaining your bottom line. Finding a business partner that meets or beats all of these requirements is not an easy thing to do. Nor should it be. Good help is hard to find, but it shouldn’t keep you from making a profit. Finding the right fulfillment center with a sound distribution network, at an affordable price, will no doubt ensure that your company has a unique competitive advantage over the other guys in your industry.

So how do you find the right fulfillment company for you? Before answering this, it is imperative that you have a sound understanding of your company’s own talents and deficiencies from a logistical standpoint. When you know what your organization is not, then the answer to what you are looking for from a potential partner in fulfillment distribution should suddenly become clear. This new business associate must be able to satisfy not only your needs, but more importantly, they have to be willing and able to step in and provide these services to your customers with the same passion for quality that your company has worked hard to become known for.

Your business partners and customers have come to expect efficient quality at an affordable price. In order to make certain these valued relationships are not compromised, please remember that you need to do your homework first. There are plenty of “decent” fulfillment houses out there to find. Finding a “great” fit for your company can be done if you are simply willing to put in the necessary time and effort.

American Fulfillment is a Connecticut based international company with over 60 years of proven performance in fulfillment, lead management, inventory management, distribution and mailing services. As an extension of your marketing, sales and general communications efforts, they bring to every assignment the enthusiasm, dedication, reliability and timely service that is essential for a successful program and a long term relationship.

Their experienced professionals understand that attention to detail and exceptional communications are the key ingredients to providing an outstanding level of service. All work will be completed to your satisfaction – ensuring the highest standards of workmanship, confidentiality and control. You will find their pricing structure competitive and their “cost-conscious” project suggestions insightful. Let them help you hit your targets.