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How to Hit a Homerun with your 3PL As a logistics company that handles thousands of units of athletic products ranging from bikes to snowboards to hockey and baseball equipment, McKenna Logistics has tons of “games played” when dealing with sporting goods logistics. Not only do we have the experience that comes from handling the tough ground balls, […]
Business owners and managers all seek to hire efficient and productive warehousing and distribution service providers. The quality of that service, however, varies greatly within the fragmented industry of third party logistics. Let's face it, logistics and warehousing covers a lot of ground. Some studies suggest that less than 4% of the entire industry is controlled by the 'Big and Moderate Players'. That leaves a lot of opportunity for individuals, in the spirit of the Old Wild West, to hang out a shingle and declare themselves 'open and ready for business'. So what should you look for when you seek to identify a superior warehousing and distribution operation?
The "Reverse Logistics Association" defines reverse logistics as, "all activity associated with a product/service after the point of sale (POS). The ultimate goal is to optimize or make more efficient aftermarket activity, thus saving money and environmental resources."
Whether your business involves consumer electronics or industrial electronics, both present unique challenges with respect to choosing a logistics provider. Challenges in electronics logistics stem from the fact that anything with memory or a processor has the shelf life of food, requires the same security as a pile of cash and needs the same protection as your dishware during a move. These are all realities of your business, and your third party logistics provider (3PL) should already have them covered. If they don't then it is likely in your best interest to move on.
The easiest question to ask when trying to find a third party logistics company (3pl) is "What are your rates?" but there are better ways to start a business relationship. A company that can answer that question without finding out the details about your product is, in most cases, the wrong company to choose. The correct 3pl is the one that asks you all the right questions to understand your business before throwing out numbers. Where is the product going? What does it look like when it comes in? Are there any special handling instructions? A logistics company that bases its rates specifically on the actions it will be taking with your product understands its own business and can help you with yours. They go beyond offering services to become your logistics consultant, helping you map out the best short and long-term plans for your business.
As a logistics company that handles thousands of units of athletic products ranging from bikes to snowboards to hockey and baseball equipment, McKenna Logistics has tons of "games played" when dealing with sporting goods logistics. Not only do we have the experience that comes from handling the tough ground balls, we also know how to "squeeze" the most out of our customer's products.