With the transformation of modern enterprise production and operation methods and changes in external market conditions, 3PL logistics has begun to attract people's attention, and people have shown great interest in it. In developed Western countries, the logistics models of advanced enterprises have begun to shift towards 3PL and even fourth-party logistics. 3PL refers to third-party logistics or contract logistics, which means that services provided by intermediaries in the logistics channel. The services include providing all or some of the logistics services required by the enterprise in a certain period of time in the form of a contract.
What are the benefits of 3PL logistics for enterprises?
Focus on core business: Enterprises are able to optimize resource allocation, concentrate limited human and financial resources on core business, conduct key research, develop basic technology, and develop new products to participate in global competition.
Cost savings: Reduce capital accumulation. Professional 3PL logistics providers use the professional advantages and cost advantages of scale production to save costs by increasing the utilization rate of each link, allowing companies to benefit from a separated cost structure. According to a survey of industrial vehicles, the main reason for enterprises dissolving their own fleets and replacing them with public transportation services is to reduce fixed costs, which includes not only the investment in vehicles, but also expenses related to workshops, warehouses, shipping facilities, packaging equipment, and employees.
Inventory reduction: Enterprises cannot afford the unlimited growth of multiple raw materials and product inventory, especially high-value components are required to be sent to the assembly point in a timely manner to achieve zero inventory and ensure the minimum inventory. 3PL logistics providers, with well-planned logistics plans and real-time delivery methods, minimize inventory and improve enterprise cash flow, achieving cost advantages.
Enhance enterprise image: 3PL providers and customers are not competitors, but strategic partners. They consider for customers and make the customer's supply chain management completely transparent through a global information network. Customers can understand the supply chain situation through the network at any time; 3PL providers are logistics experts, they use complete facilities and well-trained employees to completely control the entire supply chain, reducing the complexity of logistics; they greatly shorten delivery times through a global delivery network and service providers (subcontractors), helping customers improve their services and establish their brand image. 3PL providers develop customer-centric, low-cost and high-efficiency logistics solutions through a "tailored" design, making customers stand out among competitors and creating favorable conditions for enterprises to win in competition.