Questions About 3PLs
As logistics experts, we get a lot of questions about 3PLs.
A lot of our own customers have a laundry list of problems with their existing 3PL partners.
Many of them see 3PLs as “necessary evils” since they provide a very needed service, but they’re rife with problems that obstruct business objectives.
So Why Use 3PLs?
Well, for a lot of businesses, fulfillment simply isn’t in their wheelhouse.
Their core competencies could be in their product, their branding, or other parts of their supply chain, but it’s rare to find a business that can “get” fulfillment in their growth stage.
In order for fulfillment to be considered a core competency for a business, that business should be able to do both of these things:
- The ability to deliver products to customers across the U.S. (or any national) market with the same speed (regardless of location) and for the same price.
- The resources to spend at least 30% of your R&D budget for improving fulfillment technology and processes.
Unless you’re able to pull that off with your business, you should outsource your fulfillment to a 3PL.
It’s why we believe 3PLs to be a business necessity for the majority of eCommerce companies.