If you run an e-commerce business or any kind of business that requires you to ship out products, then you need to find a way to store and ship your inventory. One of the most effective ways to do this is by using 3PL (third-party logistics). The following are a few of the benefits that you will enjoy from using a 3PL company:

  1. Save time – Fulfilling orders takes time and organizational effort. As a SMB owner, you would likely prefer to focus on other aspects of your business to help it grow. Contracting with a 3PL service will free up time so you can focus on priorities better suited to you and your staff.
  2. Save money – If you fulfill orders on your own, not only are you paying for shipping supplies and storage space, you’re also paying for your staff’s time. You’ll end up saving money in the long run on a 3PL service that has developed efficient and effective practices.
  3. Keep up with growing demand – “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Things can get out of hand quickly if demand rises and you’re not prepared to handle it. A 3PL service uses advanced, real-time strategies, adapts to your needs and scales accordingly.
  4. More accurate fulfillment – A 3PL service has the resources and technology to ensure accurate fulfillment, subverting potential issues and protecting or improving your customer service reputation.

Of course you can fulfill orders in-house, but doing so requires time, money and the ability to scale as your company grows. Most small business owners achieve better results by hiring professionals to deal with logistics. Working with a 3PL service generally makes more sense. For information about our services, be sure to contact American Western Distribution today for a needs assessment and to discuss logistical solutions.