Finding the right third-party logistics provider (3PL) can have many benefits for your growing business. An expert provider can help your business lower costs, improve customer service, and increase overall efficiency. At Fry-Wagner Relocation and Logistics, we recommend you follow the steps below to select the right 3PL provider for your business.
Do your Research
When forming a partnership with any business it is important to do your research. Navigate the company’s website to learn more about the services they provide. Read online reviews and check their BBB rating to ensure they are conducting good business practices. Learn more about their affiliations and their portfolio of previous work to see if the provider is familiar with the scope of work you need.
Look for a Range of Services
It is important to select a 3PL that has a wide variety of services, so you can rely on one company for all your transportation needs. Do they handle LTL, FTL, and time sensitive shipments? If you do not see a service offered that you need, ask the provider if they are able to accommodate.
Learn more about their Technology
Having up-to-date and reliable technology to conduct efficient logistics services is important. Consider the technology the provider uses, and make sure that it is advanced enough to accommodate your evolving business.
Do they have the Proper Accommodations?
It is imperative that the provider you select has the space to accommodate your product, the necessary equipment to complete the scope of work, and enough staff to keep you up to date on your project. Discuss the scale of their business to ensure that you as a customer will have all your needs met in a timely manner.
Do they have a Partner Network of Locations?
It is essential for any 3PL provider to have a partner network of locations to help you determine the right distribution center for your project. Ask about this established network and how centrally located they are to your facilities to ensure ideal efficiency for your current and future business.
Establish a Partnership
Once you have done all your necessary research and explored all the potential facilities, reach out and communicate with the logistics provider to see if they would be willing to assist with your project. Pay attention to how responsive their team is to your questions and concerns and keep an open line of communication with them. It is important that you are completely comfortable communicating with the provider you have chosen.
We understand how difficult it can be to choose the right 3PL provider for your business. At Fry-Wagner we take pride in our 3PL services, and we are ready to assist your business with any short-term or long-term project. Learn more about all we have to offer your business here, and reach out to us today to discuss how we can be of assistance with all your logistics needs.