Signs You Should Be Switching 3PL Partners

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics

Noncompetitive Pricing: It’s no surprise that it’s less of a hassle to remain with a current 3PL provider than to hire a new partner. However, if you’re current provider isn’t supplying market competitive rates, then it might be time to look for a carrier who will provide both fair rates with competitive service.

  • Poor Quality Service: If the service quality has decreased over the course of your partnership, then you should look into companies who are eager to provide exceptional service.
  • Internal Changes: As your companies grows, it might also outgrow the capabilities of your carriers, whether that’d be shipment volumes or I.T. demands. Once identified, you should look for partners that can help grow your company and increase competitive advantage.
  • Financial Warning Signs: It’s important to periodically check the financial status of your current carrier. A string of quarterly losses can indicate poor financial health for your provider and pose a risk for your company as well.
  • I.T. Incapability: Real time reporting of your supply chain is a crucial and cost-saving part of your business. Your carrier should be able to be up to date on your day to day operations almost instantaneously. You can also look into third party I.T. platforms for your current carrier.

If you’re in need of a new 3PL partner, 18 Wheels Logistics located in Vancouver, British Columbia might be the right fit for you. We have years of leading expertise in the logistics industry in addition to trucking, warehousing, transportation, distribution, and co-packing.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.