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GB Fulfillment Oct 25, 2022 5:15:43 PM 6 min read

5 Things a 3PL Can Do That You Might Not Know About

3pl-warehouse-1It’s widely known that a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can improve your business in several key areas, including shipping, receiving, inventory management and more. However, there are other important, lesser-known capabilities 3PLs can do to help boost your bottom line.

Partnering with the right 3PL can provide your business with the following services and benefits that you might not know about.

Consultation Services

A 3PL partner should work hand in hand with its clients, talking through processes and recommendations that can benefit their businesses. Since necessity often is the mother of invention, a 3PL should be accessible, transparent and experienced in developing a strategy to meet each client’s unique needs.

At G&B Fulfillment, we learn about what you need and develop a strategy that works for you, ensuring your fulfillment is simplified, streamlined and more effective.

Transportation Services

When it comes to efficiency and cost savings, transportation management software matters. For single or multiple-station shipping operations, having a single, easy-to-use interface enables users to compare rates and ship using any carrier while providing seamless integration with business systems.

The ability to route orders and better manage transportation reduces the need for multiple shipping routes, cutting costs and minimizing potential damage to products. GBF’s transportation management portal provides you with cost details, real-time alerts, key performance indicators, reporting metrics and seamless supply chain visibility into every order.

Supply Chain Support

A 3PL partner will guide you through volume peaks and valleys to support your growing business and bring peace of mind to your supply chain. With the lingering effects of the pandemic still altering production around the world, many businesses face supply chain disruptions.

A key benefit that a 3PL can provide is the optimum utilization of both equipment and labor in a shared distribution center environment. The goal is to match the needs of fulfillment operations with other users of the facility who have complementary peaks and valleys.

In addition, a valuable 3PL provider has focused experience where you need it within the supply chain. Because a 3PL has experience moving different products in many industries to and from all parts of the world, it can provide insights and knowledge that its customers may be missing.

Warehousing Space & Location

Many 3PLs are located in key areas for more seamless distribution. By partnering with GBF, you gain access to more than 350,000 square feet of existing warehouse space in our Southern California warehouse in addition to a new, state-of-the-art warehousing facility in Victorville, California. Located near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, the new 475,000-square-foot facility is slated for completion in May 2023 and will help shippers save while significantly expanding their storage capacity.

Value-Added Services

Performing as many services as possible in one place saves your company time and money. A 3PL partner can provide the following value-added services:

  • Kitting (bundling multiple items together)
  • Price stickering
  • Relabeling
  • Adjusting pack sizes
  • Blister packing, bubble wrapping and shrink wrapping
  • Managing recurring subscriptions
  • Return shipping/processing
  • Product personalization (engraving, embroidery, etc.)
  • Custom gift notes and gift wrapping

Whether you need ecommerce, multichannel fulfillment or transportation management solutions, you can trust the experts at G&B Fulfillment to provide the support your business needs as it grows. Contact us today to learn more.

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