Third Party Logistics Services (3PL)
As manufacturers, we know that everything we do has an impact on our business, and sometimes it’s the smarter move to outsource some of our business functions so that we can concentrate our efforts in other areas.
Working with a third party logistics (3PL) provider is one of the ways that you can shift your energy away from warehousing, assembly, and repackaging so that you can focus more on other things. It’s also a solution that can easily be scaled and customized for your particular needs.
We offer an integrated logistics solution that includes warehousing services, co-locating, kitting and assembly, VMI, repackaging, just-in-sequencing and more. Using Conner’s 3PL services allows you to reduce the packaging activities done at your manufacturing facility, saves you employee work hours, and protects precious warehouse and manufacturing space. It’s so effective, as part of a total cost solution, that we provide 3PL services to a large percentage of our engineered packaging customers.
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Biggest Benefits of Using A 3PL
Using 3PL services can offer you significant savings in ways that may not be completely obvious. Here’s an example:
Let’s say that we designed a packaging solution for your product, and we provide you with all the packaging materials, sent directly to your manufacturing facility. We send them one truck of wood parts cut to spec, another one with corrugate or foam, etc. Then the customer packages up their product at their manufacturing facility. We work with customers who prefer to operate this way.
Now imagine the same packaging, but instead of sending all the parts separately, we put it together into a “kit” for each product that needs to be packaged. That saves your packaging team the time it takes to pull together all the parts. All they have to do is package each product up using the kit.
When a company outsources 3PL functions to a third party logistics firm, they can realize a significant reduction in their capital investment, depending on the services they employ. For example, if your 3PL takes care of the warehousing, than your company no longer needs to worry about managing and maintaining a warehouse for that purpose, and you aren’t investing in the extra warehousing space. You’ve saved on not only the warehouse itself, but also on all the work hours and employee expenses required to take care of that warehouse.
Clients of third party logistics firms nearly always save money overall. In the warehousing example, not only will a 3PL manage your warehouse and inventory more efficiently, but the amount of capital needed to hire the third party firm is generally less than would otherwise be needed for warehousing operations. Not only can a 3PL firm strategize to decrease a company’s overall delivery costs, they can also help improve management to reduce inventory costs as well.
It’s much easier to scale production to meet supply demands with the assistance of a 3PL. They can help you quickly respond to increases in demand or expansion, and they can also manage your inventory appropriately when things slow down a bit. The best part is that they can scale without any added risk or legwork on your part.
Third party logistics firms have a tremendous amount of expertise and knowledge about the services they provide because that is their core business. They also have industry connections in logistics, warehousing, VMI, repackaging, etc., so they can conduct operations much more efficiently and cost-effectively than most manufacturers are able.
At Conner, we know what the best practices are and we’re able to implement them in your engineered packaging solution.
Business is complex, and it is difficult (or impossible) for a company to have expertise in every single sector or division. When hiring a 3PL firm, you are hiring experts. This can free manufacturers to focus time, energy, and resources on areas of core competency. Instead of diverting capital, personnel, and other assets to managing warehousing, assembly, repackaging, supply chain inventory, and logistics, those resources can be used to focus on your company’s core business.
Optimize Your Supply Chain With The Right Solution
Smart manufacturers know that they need to focus on what’s most important – growing the business. Our 3PL services allow you to focus on your company’s core competencies while knowing that your supply chain is in good hands.
Conner’s value added services are part of the engineered packaging solutions we provide to industrial manufacturers, and are tailored to fit your product and optimize your supply chain. We use a consultative approach to help customers address a wide variety of challenges and help reduce all the costs associated with industrial packaging, including materials. labor, transportation, and damage-in-transit costs. Conner understands how all these costs add up to impact your bottom line.
3PL Services Tailored to Your Needs
With nearly 40 years of experience in industrial packaging, we understand that packaging is just one part of providing solutions that truly meets our customer’s needs. With our consultative approach to engineered packaging solutions, we tailor packaging and service programs that achieve long-term cost control.
Conner offers a wide range of engineered packaging and 3PL services tailored to your product, transportation, material handling, and storage needs. We provide industrial manufacturers with cost-effective protective packaging solutions that are customized to fit your product, and tailor our 3PL services to further optimize your supply chain.
Our team approach provides you with a complete solution. Account managers guide you through the discovery process to identify your key process drivers and define your specific packaging challenges, then our design engineers work closely with you to develop the best solution possible.
With our total cost approach, we have the ability to utilize a variety of packaging products and services to create the right solution for you.
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