A third party fulfillment center can be the key to the exponential growth your organization has been looking for. Dealing with shipping and tracking can take away from the time you need to focus on your business’ core competencies. Outsourcing to a 3PL can save valuable time and cut down on costs, and it only requires that you follow a few suggestions to develop a successful partnership.
1. Select the Right 3PL
Do your research before selecting the appropriate third-party logistics services. Ensure that the organization you choose to partner with can provide service to the locations you need, as well as specialized solutions. Can your 3PL offer customized solutions to scale for seasonal demand? Are the facilities food-grade certified and temperature controlled?
Your partnership needs a solid foundation – know your goals for the next quarter and next year, and communicate with your fulfillment center in regards to a plan for meeting these goals.
3. Adjust, and Re-adjust
Establish regular check-in points to deal with minor problems. If you have established open communication with your fulfillment center, it will ensure that they have the ability to adjust to environmental conditions quickly, and optimize your fulfillment services as needed.