It’s that time of the year again for companies to evaluate their supply chain process and send out their RFP’s to find the best-suited 3PL provider for the upcoming year. Some are looking for a simpler solution and others are looking for more affordable options.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers play a huge role in supply chains and how business is conducted. Usually, shippers are looking to leverage 3PL’s for spot loads or as backups to asset-based providers. On the other hand, businesses are constantly looking for the highest quality 3PL providers.
So… what’s the best strategy to choose the correct 3PL provider for your business? Throughout this article, we’ll expand on just that.
Here are 4 tips for vetting your 3PL warehousing provider:
- Look for experienced professionals
You want to make sure that the 3PL provider that you work with has a proven record of their capabilities to successfully manage the volume of work you need completed for your business. Another aspect to look into is case studies or reviews from other customers. This will give you first-hand insight into how they have performed in the past.
- Collaboration is key
It will be crucial to figure out if your 3PL provider is already working with any of your suppliers. By doing so it will be an easier transition because your 3PL provider understands your requirements and has knowledge of picking up or dropping off into your facilities.
- View 3PL providers differently
Usually, they’re looked at in terms of price and how their services are executed. A 3PL provider should also be looked at in value on how they strategize. How do they add value to your business and how they reduce your spending in the long run? Look into what differentiates them from the competition and seek out their core values. Do their core values align with yours?
- Evaluate success rate
It’s of high importance to evaluate a possible 3PL provider’s success rate. This may mean a lot of different things for your business. Whether as a business, you absolutely need on-time delivery or something of other importance, be sure to look into how reliable the company truly is.
Choose JRC Dedicated Services
Since JRC Dedicated Services is a leading 3PL in the Chicagoland area, customer service is our primary focus. We take pride in offering transportation solutions that provide your business with a variety of logistics solutions. We’re happy to provide our customers with a nationwide network of logistics solutions that are tailored to meet your business needs.
Reach out to us today to find out more about our leading reliable 3PL solutions!