Look for a 3PL provider that offers a TMS and technological capability to provide real-time data to drive optimized decision-making and automation. Pricing may vary significantly based on carriers, lanes and capacity constraints. 3PLs should provide cost prediction model intelligence on pricing and market trends via a live dashboard to help shippers adapt to rapidly changing market conditions, automate processes, and gain visibility.
2. Multi-modal Expertise
Using multimodal shipping services and logistics solutions helps mitigate capacity challenges and meet customer delivery expectations. Full-service 3PLs have access to a broad range of carriers and transportation services that can be combined to create custom logistics solutions for your business.
3. Carrier relationships
A strong carrier network is essential to a company’s supply chain. Many shippers have varying needs for specific lanes to move freight. Shifting consumer demand, bad weather, driver shortages, fuel prices and an array of influences conspire to shrink available capacity and can impact a company’s ability to move product.3PL providers have a large network of pre-qualified carriers, and can help you find capacity where and when you need it. 3PL provider carrier partners are essential, and 3PLs bring them freight that they would otherwise not have.
4. Supply Chain Solutions
Tap external expertise to assess supply chain risks and develop plans to adapt to them. An experienced 3PL provider has developed strategies for many other shippers and can adapt successful strategies for a customized supply chain optimization plan. When we engage as a strategic partner with our customers, we provide a control tower view over an entire supply chain operation. We work with vendors to ensure that inbound freight is being handled properly and is moving to the right place at the right time and manage the outbound moves to the end customers.
5. Supply Chain Transformation
The vital role that 3PLs providers play in a supply chain is to connect carriers and shipper customers. While that seems like a simple statement to make, it’s a difficult concept to execute. Ultimately, you want to find a logistics partner that provides technology-driven and people-powered supply chain solutions with your customers’ needs in mind, the receivers of the goods. At GlobalTranz, our goal is to find new ways to decrease cost, increase efficiency, provide a competitive advantage for your business and help you increase your service levels with your customers.
Connect with a GlobalTranz Expert to learn how customized supply chain solutions can help you transform your supply chain.