There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to shipping customers. In fact, your shipping needs today might be very different from yesterday – and different from the days to come. This is especially true for any manufacturer or retailer who experiences seasonal fluctuations in demand for their goods.

This is where a good third-party logistics (3PL) provider can help. Working with an experienced 3PL broker gives you greater flexibility when it comes to shipping. Let’s take a closer look at what 3PL can do for your business.

What is a 3PL?

A third-party logistics broker allows you to outsource your shipping rather than managing it in-house. You tell the broker how much freight you need to move, when it needs to move, and where it needs to be delivered. The broker takes care of arranging the transportation, monitoring load pick-up and delivery, and keeping you informed of the status of your freight.

In some cases, logistics brokers also offer services ranging from warehousing to filling orders and managing inventory. But the most common logistics services are shipping related – via plane, train, ship or semi-truck.

What are the benefits of using a 3PL? With one, you can…

  • Tailor shipping schedules to business demand. Because you’re booking freight shipments in real-time, you aren’t locked into transportation service contracts when demand for your goods slows down. Your 3PL provider will scale up transportation when you need it, and scale it back when you don’t.
  • Focus on your core business and outsource shipping to an expert. Running a business is complicated – managing product design, manufacturing and marketing is more than a full-time job. Unless shipping and transportation logistics are your passion, why add that to the mix? Focus on what you do best and let a 3PL like Halvor Logistics do what they do best.
  • Leverage state-of-the-art freight tracking technology without a big financial investment. What’s your on-time delivery record by week or month? Are there any regions of the country where delivery seems to be a problem? A 3PL broker like Halvor Logistics can track your loads and share custom logistics reports to help you better manage your business. You get the benefit of state-of-the-art software and logistics reporting without making a big cash investment.
  • Scale up when needed without negotiating a new shipping contract. Many businesses negotiate annual contracts with asset-based shippers like our sister company, Halvor Lines, Inc. That’s a great option when you know you’ll have a base amount of freight to move each week and want to guarantee there will be trucks ready to haul it. Sometimes, though, you might get a special order, or step up holiday shipments that temporarily increase your freight needs. A broker can help you scale up without increasing your long-term shipping commitments.
  • Save money. Whether you’re shipping machinery or plush cat toys, shipping costs will play a significant role in your business. In some cases, your best bet will be contracting with an asset-based broker, like Halvor Lines, Inc. In others, a 3PL provider like Halvor Logistics will be the most cost-effective option. If you’re curious about the transportation solution that’s best for your company, contact us. We’d be happy to show you what we can do for you.