Outsourcing in the supply-chain of logistics teams may sound far-fetched. After all, outsourcing typically refers to sending jobs outside. Yet outsourced logistics simply refers to hiring a third-party logistics service, 3PL, to take care of logistics services. From securing inventory to transporting goods from Point A to Point B, 3PL are taking over in-house logistics.
The main reason that using a 3PL service for a brand, big or small, is that outsourced logistics frees up a business to focus on what they know best. After all, unless a firm is in the business of logistics, it is not a forte that comes naturally. As organisations grow and expand, the reality is that they are unable to keep up with the constant changes and advances in the world of logistics. The same goes for the marketing sector and IT departments. While in-house departments were once sufficient to handle the tech, marketing and distribution needs of a company, the expansion created by globalisation and the Internet has changed all that.
Benefits of a 3PL
- Four main reasons why businesses are turning to 3PL are:
- Overall cost for supply-chain
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Capital investment and ongoing expansion needs
- Improvement of service levels thanks to a dedicated logistics provider
On-site logistics support
Tailormade Logistics also provide on-site support for various customers. In such cases, our staff support our customers in the physical provision of logistics services. This support can vary from unloading and dividing up containers to order picking items at the respective customer’s premises. In some cases, TML even has fork-lift trucks, reach trucks and order-picking trucks at customer locations.
TML also often offers support with parking trailers on customers’ premises. Sometimes it can be very useful to exchange a trailer when there is a shortage of space, for example, or when a pick-up needs to take place outside regular business hours.
Finally, we frequently support our customers in issues concerning their own logistics. Our advice can run from warehouse organisation to fork-lift choice to warehouse-management software. Our team likes to share their experience with customers, and sometimes with delivery addresses, in order to achieve an optimal flow of goods.