What is a 3PL? Intro to Third-Party Logistics
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What is a 3PL? Intro to Third-Party Logistics

Third-party logistics or 3PL offers external support and expertise to run your supply chain more efficiently and gain a competitive advantage.

What is a 3PL? Third-Party Logistics Explained

This article explains the benefits of 3PL for Direct-to-Consumer (“DTC”) brands who want greater productivity, increased profitability, and lower overhead costs.


Your Customers are like Kids Waiting for Santa

How do kids make it to Christmas without self-combusting? There is an exact date on the calendar when Ole Saint Nick arrives. He shows up on the 25th of December. Not give or take 3-5 working days. We are talking about a substantial commitment to meet his deliverables. Between reindeer and elves, this guy has his logistics locked down.

There is nothing worse than waiting for a package. Let me correct that; there’s nothing worse than having a kid waiting for a package. I talk from experience, as I have a 10-year-old who is not good at waiting. But if you give her a precise, reasonable delivery date – you can buy a little relief from the barrage of “Where is it?”

But if you give her a range, say over those 3-5 working days, she’ll expect it on the earliest possible delivery and will let you know every hour when it is late. And to be honest, she’s not that much different than most adults I know, present company included.

When we buy things, we want them. That’s why the brick-and-mortar model works so well—instant gratification. I can go into big-time “Karen” mode when the unsuspecting clerk tells me it’s out of stock. “Are you sure? Can you look in the back? I need to speak to your manager.” Trust me; it is not pretty.

When we shop online, we have expectations. I expect it to be in stock if it’s on your website. If you tell me it’s arriving on Wednesday, it had better show up on Wednesday. And I am like every other customer out there. Make me happy, and you have a customer for life. Disappoint me; you’ll find me on Yelp!

When Your Online Dream Business turns into a Nightmare

Everyone starts their eCommerce journey somewhere, and most figure out that running a shipping company is not what they had in mind. So, rather than focusing on developing your next product line, you are stuck filling boxes and running to the post office. So, let’s get you out of the stockroom and back to where you belong. We want you to spend more time growing your business and less time packing orders.

We offer third-party logistics or 3PL to Direct-to-Consumer (“DTC”) brands to grow their businesses. Our meticulous facility is fully automated to fulfill faster and more efficiently to meet the demands of online retail head-on. This means that your inventory stays accurate, and your customers receive what they ordered on time.

What is a 3PL?

Third-party logistics or 3PL offers external support and expertise to run your supply chain more efficiently and gain a competitive advantage. Services include:

  • Inventory storage
  • Inventory management
  • Freight forwarding
  • Transportation
  • Distribution
  • Customs clearance and declaration
  • Packaging
  • Warehousing
  • Reverse logistics

We Drive Customer Satisfaction

You need a fulfillment partner that can get your products to your customers quickly and accurately, now more than ever. As your orders automatically import, we will pick, pack, and ship the same day, if received by noon PST, while leveraging our heavily discounted shipping rates that are shopped across carriers in real-time, so you spend less.

Shipsters has the resources, the latest technology, and the industry-proven experience that brands like yours depend on daily. Our job is to make you look good.

Shipsters Accelerates Your eCommerce

At Shipsters, your customers get fast delivery while you get phenomenal pricing, exceptional service, and access to cloud-based software, giving you the freedom to scale as you go.

Contact us today to start your journey to DTC success!

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