What a Reliable 3PL Can Do for Shippers
A fundamental need of those within the retail business is the search for a cost efficient solution to the transportation of product. For companies without the means to do so on their own, consulting the services from a reliable logistics provider is the best option to streamline your supply chain. Retailers can receive a level of flexibility unattainable without external supply chain management support. Here are five major reasons why shippers should partner with a 3PL to thoroughly accomplish their business goals.
Asset-Based Fleet Transports
3PL providers offer shippers the opportunity to work with a dedicated fleet of drivers that will provide reliable transportation of freight. Each customer will receive a designated driver throughout the entirety of your product’s journey. Customers won’t have to worry about a lack or reduction of service during peak seasons due to the abundant access of transports. This is because asset-based 3PL’s often have sub-division branches and fleets at customer disposal depending on their specified transportation needs. Operating underneath truckload services such as line haul, warehousing and drayage divisions, shippers will receive gratifying service from one or more of the following types of drivers.
- Yard Jockeys / Yard Switcher
- Port Driver
- Regional Drivers
- Over-the-Road Drivers
- Endorsement Drivers
- Double-Endorsement Drivers
As part of a secondary benefit to transportation, retailers can also experience a newfound sense of accessibility. 3PL’s are often located in convenient areas of the country to promote high levels of transportation efficiency. Hub locations can have access to major U.S highways and are in close proximity to the largest national ports for shipping and receiving. This allows product to easily find its way to any destination within the nation. To further maximize the reach of your product, world logistics services can also be used to facilitate all possible advantages and ensure store delivery from any place of origin.
A major benefit of contracting a partnership with a trusted 3PL is the utilization of asset-based distribution space. These privately owned warehouses assure that product will never be lost in a void or gap during transit. Through meticulous and fast-paced cross-docking services, freight can be deconsolidated off of trucks and efficiently consolidated onto new vehicles to make its outbound journey to any location in North America. These warehousing networks allow for the scalability shippers are looking for to increase speed-to-market while receiving careful inventory management.
As business demands shift, costs may need to be allocated elsewhere to maximize business prioritization. Regardless, product still needs to be delivered in a timely manner to meet market demand. Customers can utilize DC Bypass services to simplify their logistics plan. This allows for faster fulfillment rates by reducing handoffs at DC’s altogether. Assistance from a logistics provider will help retailers narrow their focus on other business needs – and DC Bypass is just one of the available opportunities. Here are some of the other cost-saving benefits of working with an asset-based 3PL.
- No cost due to trailer equipment upkeep, maintenance and repairs.
- Lower transportation rates from 3PL’s own transport divisions.
- No spacious warehousing cost due to a 3PL’s own DC’s.
- Eliminate lost sales by quicker to-market speed from prime hub locations.
- 3PL’s offer lower risk and higher return for revenue gain by an expert staff overseeing your product’s transit.
- Already includes cutting edge tracking technology on dashboard that is otherwise costly.
- Asset-based 3PL’s have manpower and are able to offset the cost of managing a terminal by housing multiple retailers under one DC.
Safety and Security
Outsourcing your logistics management to a 3PL may also come with supply chain security. Through supply chain security there are security measures taken to guarantee the protection of your freight in transit. This includes cargo insurance, dedicated security teams at all warehouses, GPS tracking for both tractors and trailers, secure bonded facilities, and 24/7 assisted surveillance.
Team of Industry Experts
When working with a 3PL, you’re getting a partner that includes a huge team of industry experts. For example, you may want to open a DC in California, but since you don’t have a presence out there you may not know the specific regulations. A team of industry experts from a 3PL already has the knowledge of each state’s own unique regulations so you don’t have to worry.
Lean Logistics with an Asset Based 3PL
Shippers are always looking for ways to reduce costs and increasing productivity while transporting their product. In order to accomplish this goal, retail businesses need a 3PL that lowers costs by leveraging multiple customers and that has a successful longevity to get the job done. National Retail Systems, Inc. is a privately owned 3PL provider with precision focus on providing customized solutions to shippers for over 65 years. We utilize all available resources to execute your business needs within a comprehensive goal of lean logistics. These highly personalized 3PL services are tailored just for you and provide the flexibility needed to accommodate any freight transportation requirement. Contact National Retail Systems, Inc. today at 201-330-1900 to learn more about the supply chain solutions available.
The Ultimate 3PL
National Retail Systems, Inc. (NRS) includes Keystone Freight Corp. & National Retail Transportation, Inc. (NRT). NRS is an asset based 3PL that has been providing logistics services for the World’s leading retail companies for 60+ years. Our hub locations include: New York & New Jersey; Los Angeles, CA; Inland Empire, CA; Savannah, GA; Columbus, OH; Greensboro, NC; and Baltimore, MD.