Quality distribution through a 3PL can be the difference between successful business operations and losing customers as fast as you can acquire them. Quality distribution can only come from third-party providers that analyze your business processes, foster supply chain relationships and focus on the successful delivery of your product or inventory.
Does your distribution partner include access to services like cross-docking, dedicated fleets, and pick-and-pack shipping? The right service provider will have the necessary systems already in place to analyze your unique needs and suggest which of their services are the best fit for your operation.
Storage is a key part of your distribution process. The right 3PL will have options for cross-dock processing that feature limited to no storage time. Additionally, you need options for long-term inventory storage on slower-moving, higher-priced items. Your inventory and product needs to be accessible at the right time, with limited handling.
For small and medium-sized businesses, developing dedicated partnerships is critical to providing low costs and high quality. While it is important to build a strong relationship with your distribution services partner, it’s equally important to review your partner’s dedicated relationships. Your distribution partner builds relationships with shuttle services, rail transport carriers, trucking companies and more. If these relationships are nurtured appropriately, the benefits to your business are a guarantee of consistent quality and possibly a lower cost of business.
Process analysis and dedicated partnerships combine to create an environment dedicated to your success. Everyone has experienced receiving a shipment only to discover it was crushed, ripped, ruined by weather or damaged in some other way. Stuff happens, but you have the ability to decrease the chances of something happening to your product in transit. Preventing your customer from experiencing the woe of receiving a damaged product requires a distribution partner focused on superior service. This level of service needs to be maintained from the moment your product leaves your hands until it reaches its end destination. Decreasing the chances of damage increases the perception of overall service quality, and your costs decrease with less resulting re-working and replacement costs. Finally, the positive word of mouth surrounding successful and consistent delivery of goods can help supplement your marketing dramatically.
Choose the right 3PL to guarantee quality distribution through each supply chain link. Choose CWI Logistics, Inc. and enjoy all the perks associated with a quality distribution partner; save time and money while increasing your customer base.