And what exactly is the definition of 3PL services? A third-party logistics provider, sometimes called a 3PL or 3PL company, is a firm that provides outsourced logistics services to client companies for part, or all of their supply chain management functions.
Every 3PL company is different. For us (ProPack), this involves warehousing products, fulfilling orders, and forwarding freight (northbound and southbound), all while keeping our clients thoroughly up to date on the status of their goods.
Logistics are what we’ve been doing all day every day for over two decades. Even if you have the resources to take care of your logistics yourself, ProPack offers supply chain expertise with great positioning within the supply chain itself, thanks to our multiple warehouses. More advantages?
- Sharing Responsibility – ProPack shares responsibility for managing global supply chains, keeping customers and stores properly stocked, and delivering the perfect order every time to take some of the weight off your shoulders.
- Reengineering Distribution Networks – Logistics outsourcing can be a quick way to reengineer distribution networks to meet global market demands and gain a competitive edge. Our software, P3PL, tracks the history of each SKU number, when and where every piece ships, when new stock arrives, and how many arrive so you stay in the know.
So, you already know that warehousing involves storing products, but you might be asking what exactly do these other service terms mean. (We know. There’s a lot of verbiage in our industry.) Get ready for more definitions.