How Third-Party Logistics Can Help Scale Your Business

Whew! You have designed and either built or sourced great products. You have efficient manufacturing partners and your marketing is scaling. Customers are finding you online and orders are rolling in steadily. But the big question is: can you be — or do you want to be — the one to fulfill and ship all of those orders?

The time may come at some point in your e-commerce business to consider outsourcing some or all of your operations to a third-party logistics — or 3PL — provider. According to Shopify, a 3PL provider is a link in the supply chain that companies use to outsource part or all of distribution and fulfillment. Additionally, 89% of companies in the Fortune 500 and 96% of those in the Fortune 100 rely on 3PL providers.

WHY 3PL GROWS YOUR BUSINESS

Let’s face it: You cannot do it all alone. You need a trusted partner to receive inventory from your manufacturers and ship it to customers — whether those customers be retailers, wholesalers or individual consumers.

A 3PL provider can warehouse the products, ship them and even handle returns. The investment needed to rent warehouse space and hire workers to carry out fulfillment is usually far beyond the reach of small to mid-size e-commerce companies. Another reason to consider 3PL is that your customers need not know that another company is actually handling the fulfillment and shipping. It’s your brand from start to finish.

Ultimately, a 3PL provider delivers your orders with a seamless experience. Let’s have a closer look at some of the services offered by a typical 3PL provider.

WAREHOUSING

The most common type of 3PL provider stores, ships and handles returns. When considering a provider, ask if it has relationships with a larger warehouse network. The more warehouses in the network, the closer your products will be to your customers, which means faster shipping and happier customers.

TRANSPORTATION AND DISTRIBUTION

A 3PL provider may also operate its own transportation network for even easier and faster access. A provider that has a transportation component might transport inventory between its warehouses and your factory or between you and your wholesale customers. This service is especially important for e-commerce businesses that primarily sell to retailers.

SHIPPING AND RECEIVING

Larger 3PL providers with warehouse networks can often use their size to negotiate deeper discounts than you can — and that provides a tremendous advantage. However, you might have better shipping rates than the 3PL you’re considering. If so, ensure your warehouse partner will accept them. Also, you want to factor in insurance and daily cutoff times for fulfillment. These may not seem important, but they can impact the delivery windows within which your customers receive your products.


WHY TAYLORED SERVICES

Taylored Services is a fully integrated 3PL provider specializing in wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer unit fulfillment. The company operates 1.5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space within close proximity to the Port of Los Angeles,  the Port of Long Beach in California, and the Port of Newark, New Jersey. 

E-commerce businesses need a partner with significant investments in systems and technology, along with established long-term relationships with other interim suppliers along a box’s “shipping journey.” Clients of Taylored Services can track their merchandise at every step through and from the warehouse to multiple points of destination.

Services include:

Warehousing & Distribution

Supply Chain Management

Value Added Services

Transportation Management

Working with a full-service, integrated logistics provider, such as Taylored Services, not only helps e-commerce businesses of all sizes to service customers more efficiently, but it also allows them to scale when necessary without significant investment.

Jake Wengroff writes about technology and financial services. A former technology reporter for CBS Radio, Jake covers such topics as security, mobility, eCommerce, and IoT.

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JONATHAN ROSENTHAL - COB

Jonathan has spent a lifetime as an entrepreneur. He started his
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Jonathan is passionate about both expanding and sharing his
knowledge and expertise. He has lectured in transformational
change at the University of Chicago, UCLA, John’s Hopkins, and
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JOE DESAYE - CEO TFMI

Joseph DeSaye has spent over 40 years in logistics. His journey began in 1980 when he co-founded FMI International with his father and brother, specializing in air and ocean forwarding services. Together, they expanded the company to include comprehensive services that grossed over $350 million in sales.

He has a proven track record of success, growth, and leadership within the logistics industry.

THOMAS MCCORMACK - CIO

Thomas has dedicated over 20 years of his career to working in IT for 3PL companies where he has grown to deeply understand the importance of keeping pace with a dynamic and ever-changing marketplace. Prior to joining Taylored in 2014, he led IT or a $2.8 billion window manufacturer and a $1.2 billion electronic media organization. He holds a degree in accelerated mathematics/calculus from LaGuardia Community College and an MBA with a focus on computer software engineering from Fordham University.

Thomas is passionate about coaching and mentoring teams and sharing his experience in cross-functional team leadership. He knows that one of the best ways to grow an organization in today’s society is through the implementation of effective technology that allows them to stay ahead.

MIKE YUSKO - CFO

Mike overseas finance, human resources, and legal at Taylored, as well as directing Taylored’s operating companies. After over 35 years in 3PL, vitamins and supplements, consumer products, engineering, and construction, he is a man of many talents. He has served as CFO at companies ranging in size from $50-$700 million and spent 15 years at PepsiCo as the senior finance leader of a $1.2 billion beverage unit.

Mike holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Clarion State College. He is passionate about providing solid leadership and applying “Fortune 50” know how to elevate smaller companies.

JIM DEVEAU - CEO

Jim Deveau is a retailer at heart, with over 20 years of experience leading in the retail industry with companies such as Lord & Taylor, AnnTaylor, Charming Shoppes, and Footstar. After assisting with Footstar’s restructure in 2004, Jim transitioned into the 3PL industry. Over the next ten years, he held various C-suite positions at FMI International, Summit International Logistics, and Toll Global Forwarding before becoming Taylored’s President and CEO and board director.

Jim is passionate about sharing his knowledge. Holding an undergraduate and graduate degree from Northeastern University, together with his extensive experience, he frequently speaks at industry trade shows and conferences and has been recognized as a leader within the industry. He also currently sits on the advisory board of warehouse exchange and was chosen by the US Chamber of Commerce to represent retail trade post 9/11.

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