For many people, the start of a new year is a time for taking stock. For businesses, in addition to literally taking stock, they can review processes, find efficiencies and make changes accordingly.
We’d like to suggest you take even a bit further this year. To the core of what your business offers its customers. Why? Because a company can often get caught up in the logistics of providing a product. Often to the detriment of product development and other core areas of the business.
The logistics of taking your product to market can sap the resources that you otherwise would use to make the product better, or find new markets for it, or discover more efficient ways to manufacture it.
And that fact hints at just one benefit you get from using third-party logistics (3PL) services.
Focus on Your Core Competencies
While your company might have processes in place for warehousing, inventory management, transportation and even the logistics of returns, none of them are really what your company does best. Imagine what your business could become if you didn’t have to manage any of them.
Reduce Internal Logistics
There’s an added bonus to focusing on your core competencies and outsourcing your logistics. You also get a reduction of all the internal processes, from accounting to human resources, that you needed to maintain your logistics in-house.
Improve Customer Satisfaction
By hiring a business that specializes in logistics, your business instantly onboards expertise in logistics. That means a more reliable supply chain, fewer stock-outs, more on-time deliveries, less lost inventory, fewer damaged goods, and, ultimately, higher customer satisfaction.
Reduce Your Risks
Using the services of a 3PL means you eliminate the risks you face in keeping logistics services in-house. You no longer have to maintain fleet safety ratings, licenses, insurance certificates or carrier contracts, just to name a few.
To learn more about 3PL services, check out our recent post “Why it’s Beneficial to Work With a Supply Chain Consultant“.