Need a new shirt, a new pair of shoes, even a new car? In the age of the internet, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking fo it’s no wonder consumers are embracing online shopping in droves. Not only are you able to compare products to your liking, but online shopping is convenient, with some online vendors offering one- or two-day shipping options.
With these changes in consumer expectations, e-commerce companies need to change their distribution and warehousing strategies to provide even better services and encourage more growth.
As the market grows and the number of products increase, warehouse owners have easily adjusted their services to offer more flexible options for these ever-growing companies. Some e-commerce companies have even opted-out of buying their own space to mitigate capital expenditure.Owning and operating your own warehouse may sound appealing, but logistics can be a daunting task if you don’t have the proper resources. Instead, outsourcing to a 3PL can be a cost-effective solution that benefits your business strategy.Here’s how:
Flexible warehousing solutions that benefit your company
Cross-docking requires unloading goods from inbound delivery vehicles and loading directly onto outbound vehicles. This reduces the need to store the products in a warehouse while also reducing delivery times, supply chain cost, and carbon footprint while increasing throughput.
Scalable and Flexible
Inventory can fluctuate for many reasons — seasonal changes, discontinued items, new products. 3PL warehousing adds much-needed flexibility to your supply chain by providing extra space when you need it and when you don’t need as much during quiet periods
Security and Safety
It’s important for your 3PL to include high–quality security solutions and fire prevention services to safeguarding your inventory. 24/7 surveillance, alarm services, and fully automatic fire sprinkler system are a must as well as a C-TPAT certified 3PL.