Between trying to schedule time-sensitive deliveries and keep freight costs down, coordinating transportation for shipments can be challenging. To help navigate shipping difficulties and keep supply chains running smoothly, many businesses hire third-party logistics (3PL) companies.
3PLs coordinate and handle logistics for a business. Businesses go to 3PLs with their shipping needs and transportation method, which could be truck, rail or ship, depending on what the 3PL offers. Whether you are looking to streamline your supply chain or receive help with the shipping process, partnering with a 3PL offers many advantages, including the following:
Lower freight costs
Controlling freight costs is important to many businesses. The strong relationships 3PLs have with a network of carriers allow 3PLs to negotiate freight rates and ensure their customers receive fair, competitive rates.
More efficient use of time
Finding carriers can be time-consuming and take employees away from other important tasks. Working with a 3PL who takes care of finding a carrier and coordinating shipments allows employees to focus their efforts on other aspects of their business.
Streamlined supply chain
Businesses strive to make their supply chain more efficient, but it can be difficult to know where improvements can be made. 3PLs understand the unique shipping needs of each business they partner with, allowing them to make supply chain recommendations tailored to individual businesses.
Some shipments, such as less-than-truckload (LTL) and just-in-time (JIT), can be particularly difficult to coordinate. Employees at 3PLs have years of experience in logistics and can coordinate time-sensitive shipments to ensure they arrive on-time at their destination.
When looking to partner with a 3PL, it is important to make sure the company is experienced and trustworthy. Red Kite Freight Solutions has a strong network of reliable carriers and a team with decades of combined experience. Red Kite founder Lacey Jackson has experience working on the shipper side, giving her insight into the challenges logistics teams face.
Unlike most 3PLs, Red Kite will not commit to a load we do not already have a truck for, reducing the chance for a service disruption in your shipment. Customer service is our top priority, and we will advocate to ensure you are getting the best rate.