If you’re trying to execute the shipping process without the aid of logistics, chances are that a carrier company has you where it wants you: with no formal knowledge of logistics and therefore at the mercy of whatever shipping solutions it suggests. Like shipping companies, carrier companies are in business to make big money, and the more money that they can make you pay, the better. Unfortunately, hiring the logistical knowledge necessary to take the mystery out of the shipping process can be costly as well, unless you decide to implement a logistics software solution, which automates most aspects of the shipping selection process to insure that you’re presented with the best options for your situation. Ultimately, a logistics software solution allows you to become your own logistics provider, which has six major benefits compared to other logistics options.
More Comprehensive than Cheaper 3PL Solutions
If you’re considering third party logistics (3PL), you’ve probably encountered some attractive service rates. But you have to be careful about who’s offering them. In most cases, cheap 3PL rates are offered by standard 3PL providers and service developers, both of which focus on specialized solutions and not a comprehensive, innovative approach to the shipping process.
More Affordable than Comprehensive 3PL Solutions
There are 3PL solutions that offer a comprehensive, innovative approach to the shipping process, and are offered by 3PL providers that are known as customer developers. Like customer adapters, customer developers handle your logistics process. However, unlike customer adapters, they also develop innovative solutions. Unfortunately, a customer developer’s highest level of service is almost always unaffordable to small and midsized companies.
More Affordable than Hiring Your Own Logistics Experts
Almost every shipper would like to have its own shipping fleet overseen by its own team of logistics experts. But hiring those experts-not to mention buying the shipping fleet that appropriates their presence-is a significant investment to say the least. Until your company gets bigger, implementing a logistics software solution makes the most financial sense.
Puts You in Control of the Shipping Process
It’s understandable that a company would rather have someone else handle their logistics function. Yet, the number one complaint of 3PL customers is that they feel distanced from their logistics provider. When you implement a logistics software solution, the software does the work of a logistics expert, allowing you to choose from among recommended shipping options and putting you in full control of your shipping process.
Presents You With a Greater Range of Shipping Options
When you contract with an asset-based 3PL provider, the shipping options that you receive are also based on how they sync with the provider’s interests, and the same is true of when you contract with a non asset-based 3PL provider, in which case the provider typically offers shipping options that result from striking a deal with certain carriers. When you implement a logistics software solution, you cut the middleman out of the logistics function and realize an uninhibited range of shipping options.