Fulfillment & Third Party Logistics Blog

B2B E-Commerce: The 3PL Solution

With the emergence of new technologies and platforms, the expectations of consumers have never been higher. Over the past ten years, companies have been forced to adapt and create solutions across the B2C landscape.  Today, one of those solutions, e-commerce, is also rapidly expanding in the B2B sector with no signs of slowing down.  According to a recent Forrester Research report, the B2B e-commerce market in the U.S. has reached $560 billion compared to the $270 billion for the BtoC market.  With statistical indicators such as this, businesses are beginning to understand the leverage a sound e-commerce platform provides. The early adopters in this segment are discovering a wealth of opportunities and efficiencies that are available to them.  On the other hand, companies that delay any launch into the B2B e-commerce world may start to trail their aggressive competitors. 

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The Impact of Social Media in the 3PL Industry

As technology continues to grow and impact the way the logistics industry operates, it also continues to expand the opportunities that we have to reach, educate and interact with our clients and the public.  Just as consumers have become more savvy and specific with how they want orders to be processed and delivered, their opinions, concerns, questions and insights are also more available than ever. 

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Improved 3PL Performance: 4 Trends To Watch

The landscape of the logistics industry continued to evolve in 2013. The growing demands from consumers and the expansion of platforms available to place and receive orders posed new challenges for distribution centers everywhere.  With these changes and expansions in the industry, fulfillment centers are developing more efficient methods to get product from point A to point B.  Being a third party logistics company, Barrett Distribution has been able to devise our own processes to provide accurate, quality distribution services for our clients and their customers.   

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Keys to Logistics Excellence

At Barrett Distribution Centers, we look at 4 key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how well we are performing as a company:

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