Why Your E-Commerce Company Should Use 3PL

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics

Logistics is the coordination of transporting goods from the manufacturer to the retailer and/or customer. Establishing the right framework for these services requires much planning. Businesses need to find a reliable third-party logistics service (or 3PL) that can establish a formidable logistics relationship. This is especially true for e-commerce businesses. Read on to learn reasons why your e-commerce company should use 3PL.

​There are Many Services Involved

Third-party logistics companies (3PLs) provide numerous services for businesses. These include supply-chain management, warehousing, order fulfilment, and consolidation. With constant order demands, any of these services benefit e-commerce businesses. After all, if your e-commerce site is a small startup, certain aspects can overwhelm you. You might consider how warehouse storage affects your supply-chain distribution. With just one 3PL company, you don’t need to use separate third parties to store or ship your products. Using these services are a cost-efficient solution to your e-commerce practices.

​It Increases Efficiency

​Another reason to use a 3PL for your e-commerce company is that it increases efficiency. For certain e-commerce sites, specification is important. Certain fringe products require expert packaging and delivery—both of which a 3PL can provide. This naturally increases the delivery and processing rates for those products. In turn, your sales increase, and you’ll see a hefty boost to your revenue. Additionally, 3PLs provide flexibility and scalability. Even small e-commerce businesses benefit from this service. You can set up your logistic demands, such as delivery or storage, without needing to create your own logistics branch. You’ll save time, money, and resources for your own business instead.

​New Technology Ensures Reliability

​Also, you won’t need to acquire new technology to increase your profitability. Instead, a 3PL service—like any third-party service—uses the newest, fastest technology for their work. Their service uses the most adept hardware, software, and equipment to ensure fast transport times and quality product care.

Fortunately, we at 18 Wheels specialize in warehouse and distribution services in the Vancouver area for servicing western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. As an experienced 3PL, we understand the importance of proper distribution, cross-docking, and fulfillment for your e-commerce products. Contact us for a warehouse quote, question, or concern, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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.