Every year, we meet with hundreds of companies that are considering outsourcing their warehousing or international freight forwarding to a 3PL provider. Many of these companies are looking for ways they can optimise their logistics business to focus more on their core competencies and their customers. Making the choice to increase the use of a 3PL is something that most companies should at least take the time to consider. In this post, we will share five ways you can increase your customer opportunities with 3PL suppliers which can be a positive alternative to working exclusively with in-house logistics set-ups.

3PL companies in Australia have a wide network across many domestic cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Townsville, Cairns and Perth, and have a trusted global network for freight forwarding 3PL warehousing and international transportation. A good 3PL can customise their services, which can help you expand your market reach or achieve rapid scaling-up or down to fulfil customer demand and optimise your inventory process.

Easily set up new business anywhere in Australia

When starting up any new business or expanding your current business, it can be challenging to manage the supporting functions along with your core business, both financially and operationally. Expert 3PL providers have the ability to manage your logistics requirements with expertise within many cities across Australia. An example would be if your business wanted to start warehousing stock in Queensland so you can expand within that state and deliver fast with a lower domestic transportation cost. Instead of outlaying huge capital to set up the entire structure and operation, using a 3PL means you can obtain a fully customised supply chain service to meet your business’s needs.

Scale-up or down with flexible supply chain expertise

Smart businesses know it is imperative to respond to market fluctuations and seasonality with increased and decreased demand. When using a 3PL provider, you gain the flexibility to scale up or down parts of your supply chain and move stock between locations to fulfil fluctuations in customer demand and optimise your inventory process.

Tap into global opportunities

The inability to access global resources is a major constraint for many businesses in Australia who wish to expand their market globally or import resources from different parts of the world. Leading 3PL providers have strong global networks to access these resources at competitive costs. They provide international freight forwarding and warehousing services that allow you to economically import, export and store goods from many countries around the world seamlessly.

Access the latest IT technology

It is a common challenge for businesses to stay up to date with the latest technology trends in the logistics field. You run the risk of not optimising your stock if you are running your logistics processes on out-dated systems, which may cause inaccurate data and confusion within your inventory process. Innovative 3PL providers ideally provide the latest technologies such as Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) which give you access to 24/7 real-time data about your stock in any location you have it stored. As a 3PL customer, many times you gain access to much of their technology with little or no additional charge.

Choose best practice supply chain management

There are many types of third-party logistics providers that offer supply chain solutions. However, to experience a best practice service you need to consider engaging a provider with decades of industry experience and one that uses innovative cost-effective solutions. You ideally engage a provider that provides warehousing in all the major cities in Australia such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Townsville and Perth. It’s also imperative that the 3PL has freight forwarding, Customs Brokerage and IT solutions available to provide you with an integrated service every time.

Increasing the use of a 3PL provider is not the best choice for everyone, however for many Australian businesses, increasing the use of 3PL is more efficient than only using in-house resources. By outsourcing your logistics to a 3PL provider, your business has the opportunity to gain more customers with seamless operations, up-to date stock technology and the ability to expand into new domestic and international markets.