How to Choose a 3PL and Reap the Benefits – DLS Worldwide
Q: What are the benefits of using a 3PL company for your shipping needs?
A: You can streamline your processes by freeing up your employees’ time to work on other priorities and objectives. You will save money and achieve greater flexibility by leveraging better economies of scale, established carrier relationships, and knowledge of the industry provided by 3PLs.
You can also take advantage of better customer service by establishing a relationship with your 3PL for all of your shipping needs. And if the 3PL operates through a nationwide Agent Station model, like we do at DLS Worldwide, you will find a partner who is familiar with key vendors as well as "who" can make things happen when needed in local markets.
Q: What should you look for when choosing a 3PL?
A: One thing you should consider is the breadth of offerings they provide. Can they handle any mode, any size, or type of shipment? Another consideration is technology. Do they offer robust technology that easily integrates with your existing systems? Is their system easy to use? Does it offer cradle-to-grave capabilities and full visibility of your order throughout the process?
You should also seek a provider that is established and maintains a strong network of locations. Does the 3PL have a proven history? Do they have vast experience as a shipper and a logistics provider? Do they have offices and/or stations in numerous areas to help meet your shipping needs? Most importantly, will they be more than a simple service provider?
When you find a 3PL who can be a true partner to you, takes the time to understand your needs, and is flexible enough to keep up with changes, including with your vendors, the choice should be easy.
DLS Worldwide optimizes your distribution and controls your costs through our spectrum of integrated services, unique sources of capacity, and global, technology-based delivery network.
Rely on DLS Worldwide for:
• Domestic LTL & Truckload
• International Air, LCL, and FCL
• Expedited Air or Ground with Same Day, Next Day, or Two Day Options
• White-glove solutions including install & unpack, liftgate delivery, and more