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Fulfillment Shipping: How to Make the Most of a 3PL Partnership

Building a Strong Shipping Network Strategy Can Help You Build Stronger Customer Relationships

One of the key parts of working with a third party logistics (3PL) provider is their ability to manage and maintain the shipping of your products. Fulfillment shipping can help put your focus back onto advancing the growth of your business by taking the majority of the work off your plate.

If you’re regularly overwhelmed by the number of orders you need to fill, or you’re running out of storage space and your packaging supplies are getting close to the ceiling, working with a 3PL on a fulfillment shipping strategy can help get your business and your to-do list back on track.

When your business grows, you’ll have more orders to ship out, and you’ll need to think about how you’re going to manage the increase in shipment size and demand. You can hire more workers to get the additional orders out in a timely manner, or you can consider starting a partnership with a 3PL provider to manage the packing and shipping of your orders. If you choose to outsource, you’ll be able to expand the abilities of your existing business without having to acquire more workers or more space.

How Can a Fulfillment Shipping Strategy Help Your Business Succeed?

Managing more orders can make it harder to keep up the level of service that you’ve maintained up to this point. With more work to do and more focus placed on administrative tasks, it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks. If you want to be able to offer memorable customer service, accurate fulfillment, and faster delivery times, fulfillment shipping can help you reach your goals. Here are some of the benefits of fulfillment shipping that your business can take advantage of.

3PLs get your orders ready to go
If you’re shipping your products to major retail stores, part of shipping is getting your products ready for shipping. Assembling displays takes up additional time and money from your business, but a 3PL can handle this work for you. 3PLs can get your products ready for shipping by assembling, kitting, packing, and sorting your orders so that they arrive at their destination already prepared for the sales floor. If you don’t have retail displays to manage, 3PLs can take care of managing your shipping supplies by keeping your packaging products in their warehouse. In either situation, your only responsibility is to get your products to the 3PL warehouse and they’ll take care of the rest.

Fulfillment shipping can help you save money
Increased amounts of orders, especially large ones, mean that you’ll be looking at higher costs for shipping. By working with a 3PL, you’ll likely be able to cut costs on your shipping rates as well as your packaging supplies. One of the many reasons that businesses choose to work with a 3PL provider is that they’re tired of damaged orders being returned. Since 3PLs are experts in shipping, you’ll be able to trust that your orders are being delivered safely, and the decrease in the number of returned orders will help you save money in the long run as well.

A 3PL partnership can help your orders get to customers who are far away
As your business grows, you might also see orders coming in from new locations, and not all of them might be within your delivery area. If you have customers that are states away, or even on the other side of the country, working with a 3PL can ensure that these customers will still get their orders on time. For example, if you have several customers on the east coast, you can work with an east coast 3PL provider to ship out your orders to these customers so you don’t have to worry about incurring extravagant shipping costs, or not getting orders out on time.

Each of these aspects can help you develop a smart shipping network strategy without having to take up your time, space, or money. With a 3PL partner, you can focus on making more of your products, not how you’re going to get them to your customers on time. At Jamestown Container, our 3PL warehouse can help you with all your fulfillment shipping needs. Whether you have retail displays that need to be assembled before shipment or you want an easier way to get your products to customers on the east coast, our warehouse can help make sure your orders arrive quickly and on time. Interested in learning more? Reach out to us today.

Jamestown Container Companies

Jamestown Container Companies has been helping companies navigate their packaging and shipping challenges with innovative solutions since 1956. We're a family owned and operated organization, and we're dedicated to being a partner to all of our customers from initial concept to the moment their products reach their final destination.