Companies in need of handling large amounts of goods need warehouse space, but once storage space is secured, another problem emerges; how to transport everything in and out of that warehouse? For some, the answer is to buy a fleet of trucks, hire a staff of drivers and add some coordinators to keep everything on track. This is an expensive and complicated solution.
Most companies, however, will benefit from using outsourced transportation services to handle their logistics needs. While some companies only specialize in one branch of logistics, many will find it’s better to choose a third-party logistics provider that also offers warehousing solutions. This allows almost every step of the supply chain process to be taken care of with just one contract. The warehouse services will deal with the storage of the goods, receiving of more materials and preparing existing stock for shipment. The transportation service arm will then take over to get everything where it needs to go.
Transportation services that are connected to warehouses handle a surprising array of pick-up and delivery needs. They can shuttle materials between a factory and a warehouse; handle dock-to-dock deliveries between ports, rail yards and airports; take care of express and other special-delivery needs; and even do pick-and-pack distribution right from the warehouse. This makes using these services the perfect all-in-one solution for all distribution requirements.
Outsourced warehousing and transportation are especially beneficial to e-commerce companies, which are often run by people that have very limited space at their offices. Some may have no office space at all! Despite this, they still need the ability to move hundreds or thousands of packages every day. By outsourcing, the owners of these businesses save themselves from making substantial investments in infrastructure, purchases and staffing. E-commerce companies, however, aren’t the only ones that benefit from this practice. Any small or mid-sized firm can save substantial amounts of money by letting someone else handle supply chain operations.
Take a step back and evaluate your business model, your warehousing needs and your distribution operation. Chances are good that you’ll find inefficiencies that we can help with. CWI Logistics is more than just your storage solution; we are a full-service third-party logistics provider with an established supply chain network and the experience to support your company.