If you have started your own e-commerce business, or if your business is seeing growth and it’s a challenge to keep up with demand, you may be considering what options are available for your order fulfilment processes.
An e-commerce business has many advantages over traditional stores, yet it does present some different hurdles to get over. For example, without premises, you need to find a secure place to store your inventory and find cost-effective ways to deliver orders to your customers. That is where handing over responsibility to a third-party provider (3PL) can be a benefit. Here’s some frequent question people have about using a 3PL.
What does a 3PL provider do?
A 3PL supports your order fulfilment and logistics needs, and you can give them as much or little control over it as you wish. For example, you can hand over the entire process, or just some parts. A 3PL can provide warehousing for your inventory, picking and packing, delivery to your customers and more.
As a business grows and orders increase, it becomes more cost-effective to use a provider that has logistic experience and expertise to ship good nationwide or internationally.
Isn’t 3PL just another extra cost?
It depends on how you look at it. Yes, a 3PL will charge you for their services, but trying to do everything yourself could be more expensive and will take up much more of your valuable time. It is often worth spending a little extra to take the headache out of organising orders and deliveries, giving you peace of mind that that part of your business is running smoothly. You can then put your efforts into developing your business further, increasing growth and profits.
Using a 3PL you will also save costs on insurance, running a fleet of vehicles, employing extra staff members, and the hardware and software used to manage the operational processes.
Why partner with LTS?
Using LTS as your 3PL provider brings many advantages to your e-commerce business. Our industry knowledge and expertise mean we lead the way in logistics operations for our customers.
Our clean, secure warehousing is centrally based, so we can both safely store your inventory and get goods delivered to your customers in good time. Our modern systems provide everything you need so you always know where your goods are, such as timestamping in and out of our facilities, GPS systems for our fleet, and electronic proof of delivery. We also offer a range of services that can be tailored to your specific business, so we can be as hands-on, or hands-off, as you need.
At LTS, we pride ourselves on always finding the most cost-effective solutions for our customers, and we practice regular monitoring of both our operations and the industry, so we are always on the cutting edge. If you’re looking for more advice on using 3PL for your business, or want to get started, feel free to contact us!
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