Outsourcing Warehousing and Logistics for Your Products
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Whether you have a small startup or a large company, on-time delivery of your products is an important factor in maintaining a happy customer base. While some companies choose to deliver products using their own fleet of vehicles, not every company has this option. The same can be said about product storage and warehousing. Many companies have discovered the value of outsourcing their warehousing and transportation needs to third-party logistics companies that have expertise in these areas. Let’s discuss the benefits of using a third-party logistics company to ensure reliable service to your customers.
What is trucking logistics?
Trucking logistics involves taking care of the entire delivery process of the products in the most efficient and effective way. Logisticscompanies build and maintain relationships with transportation carriers in order to find the most optimal way to delivery your products on time and without issue. These companies will take care of every detail related to your deliveries including ensuring the use of the most appropriate delivery method, shipment tracking, and fair rates.
What is warehousing?
Warehousing is more than just storing the products at a safe location - it is a major part in the supply chain. The type of warehouse you need depends on the type products you deal in and also plays an important role in the safe storage of your products.
For example if your company deals in perishable food items, then you would need a refrigerated or frozen storage. Or if you supply electronic components that are moisture sensitive, you would need a moisture controlled warehouse.
What role does warehousing play in logistics?
Warehouse management and transportation make more sense when combined as you need to consider both when you plan for the loading times and understanding the space constraints. When the trucking and storage facilities are in constant communication, you can cater to the unexpected shipping needs and therefore treat the supply chain as a single entity.
How does warehousing and transportation save you money?
Using warehousing, you can consolidate different shipments to one which helps you can transport goods for several customers in the same truck and hence save on the shipping costs. Customers can use the warehousing facility to keep a reserve of goods in case they need to ship additional units at the last moment.
Benefits of outsourcing your warehousing and logistics?
Storing and delivering your products using in-house services can be both, expensive and time consuming at the same time. First, you need a building with enough area to accommodate your inventory. Then you need to have the right environment for your products e.g. temperature humidity etc. In addition, you will need employees to pack, sort label etc., the products and load them on the trucks when they have to be delivered.
Outsourcing the warehousing service will save you time and money as they warehouse has its own dedicated teams to take care of the products throughout there cycle at the premises. Also, the warehouse can store your products for longer periods to elongate the shelf life.
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