3 Reasons Why a 3PL Partnership Is Important to Your Business

A lot of different components come together to make your business successful, like its product or service, its employees, its delivery system, its business processes, and its customer service.

An important piece of that puzzle is logistics, which is why your company’s warehousing, distribution, and other services need to be properly aligned to deliver the ultimate in service.

One way your business can accomplish this goal is through a partnership with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider, like Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. In fact, three factors in particular make such a partnership key to your company’s bottom line.

Reason #1: Advanced Warehousing and Distribution Processes

It’s pretty hard to justify investing in assets for logistics functions if they are not your core business. This is where a 3PL partnership is a viable solution. Your business can enjoy advanced warehousing and distribution processes without having to invest in infrastructure, equipment, software, staff, and other related expenses.

And if your company is in a highly competitive field, these advanced processes can set your business apart from your competitors. This will help you retain your existing customers and attract new ones.

For example, as a 3PL partner in your business, Brendamour Warehousing can evaluate your warehousing, distribution, and logistics services and implement advanced processes specific to your business that can make a difference to your bottom line and the service your customers receive. This, in and of itself, can put you ahead of your competition.

Reason #2: Faster Response to Issues

Any crimp in logistics, whether it’s a delay in receiving raw materials, out-of-stock inventory, or delivery delays, can set your business back. But with a 3PL partner, any type of issue not only can be predicted, but resolved quickly.

Public warehouses with 3PL services, like Brendamour, are experts in ensuring a seamless operation of your logistical process. It is, after all, their core business.

Using advanced technological equipment, programs, and services, monitoring of all warehousing and distribution activities takes place continually, so incidences of an out-of-stock item in the warehouse or a delay in meeting your promised delivery date are minimized or eliminated completely.

Reason #3: Valuable Logistics Intelligence

Many business owners look at a 3PL as just an outsourced service. However, you are not just hiring a company to manage your warehousing, distribution, and other logistical services. You should view it as hiring a firm to be a partner in your success.

For example, Brendamour Warehousing has a staff with incredible knowledge to provide insight into logistics, expertise in technical support, and skills to handle your goods safely while in our warehouse.

At Brendamour, our success is solely reliant on your company’s success, which is why we provide the business intelligence to make your logistics success happen.

Partnering With Brendamour

If you’re ready for your business to achieve a higher level of performance in the areas of warehousing, distribution, and other services, contact Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services today to get started.

We’ll develop a complete logistics system for your business that is tailored to your needs. In doing so, your business will be well positioned to realize market position advantages, customer service improvements, cost efficiencies, and long-term success.

Put Your Time to Good Use with Public Warehousing & Distribution

Time. There never seems to be enough of it in a day for business owners to accomplish what they set out to do.

But here’s a best kept secret on how to get back some time – use a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

How a 3PL Saves Businesses Time

What is your company’s main purpose? If it’s like the majority of other businesses, it’s selling a product or service. So, all your resources should be aimed at growing your product line, marketing efforts, and market reach.

But are they?

If you’re currently using your staff to perform functions like warehousing, distribution, and logistics, then your employees are focusing a lot of time, energy, and resources on activities that are not your core focus.

A better way to put your employees’ time to better use on your core business functions is to outsource to a 3PL like Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. By doing so, you can take advantage of these time-savers:

Inventory tracking – Knowing your inventory counts is essential for smooth business operations. With a 3PL’s technology, you have access to real-time inventory levels. As such, you can better manage out-of-stocks and overstocks, plus gauge your high demand seasons.

Efficient warehousing – Cutting down on time to fill orders starts with accurate storage density calculations. A 3PL has the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to ensure the best use of storage space and develop a pattern for quick order processing.

Accurate and fast order fulfillment – A 3PL can provide businesses with more order fulfillment options based on the type of order to be filled. These options are automated and fully customized to your customers’ needs. Not only does this save your business time, it also gets your goods out faster to your customers.

Shipping – The complexities of shipping can be burdensome to businesses. It takes time and resources to perform key tasks that will save your business money. Because it is their core business, 3PLs have the tools necessary to determine the best transportation method, perform transit calculation estimates, create bills of lading, coordinate pickup and delivery times, and track shipments in real time.

Other Brendamour Warehousing Timesaving Benefits

At Brendamour, we have the advanced technology, equipment, and software in place to handle the most complex tasks related to receiving, storing, and moving your goods.

Among them is a warehouse management system that accurately and efficiency manages the inventory of your goods and gives you real-time access whenever you want it.

One area that sets Brendamour Warehousing apart from other 3PL public warehouses is our scope of services. We offer bulk storage, light assembly, custom packing and labeling, pick and pack, and so much more, all designed to enhance your operations and make them run more efficiently.

Save Time With Brendamour

By outsourcing your warehousing, distribution, and other logistics needs, you will have the time and resources to explore new opportunities for your company’s core functions.

Isn’t it time your business focused all its time and resources on what it does best? Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services is here to help you do just that.

Contact Brendamour today to learn how you can simplify your warehousing, distribution, and logistics. After all, isn’t your time worth it?

 

The Top Public Warehousing Trends for 2016

Every new year brings exciting new trends, and the public warehousing industry is no different. While they may not be the latest fashion trend or color of the year, the 2016 trends in public warehousing and distribution will be beneficial for both businesses and their customers.

Take a look at these five developing trends that Brendamour Warehousing and other industry leaders have identified as the top public warehousing and logistics trends for 2016.

1. The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical assets that are embedded with sensors, software, or other electronics to give them network connectivity capability so they can collect, send, receive, and exchange data.

A lot is being discussed about the IoT and how it can be applied to different applications throughout various industries. In logistics, the IoT allows businesses with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to integrate all aspects of inventory, warehousing, and distribution activities between the public warehouse it partners with and that facility’s warehouse management system and transportation management system.

This network of connected devices, in turn, gives businesses mobile access to their performance data at any time. This allows for increased accuracy, improved efficiency and reduced costs, essential ingredients for competing in today’s global marketplace.

2. Electronic Data Interchange

Real-time communications are essential for a smooth running supply chain. An electronic data interchange (EDI) enables businesses to exchange logistics information electronically in a standard format so all vendors involved in producing and moving their goods are kept in the loop.

While some companies already use EDI, those who don’t will find it challenging to conduct business in 2016 and beyond. EDI fosters compliance throughout the entire supply chain, so 2016 will see more companies embedding EDI in their applications.

3. Inventory Optimization

As technology allows businesses to gather more data about consumers’ buying habits, market trends, etc., greater opportunities for inventory optimization will exist in 2016.

Companies that utilize big data analytics will attain smarter solutions to improve their inventory planning, including forecasting, demand planning, and speedier order fulfillment across all channels.

Furthermore, by working with a public warehouse, businesses can optimize floor space utilization and warehouse inventory according to the findings of their big data analyses. These efforts will result in substantial bottom-line savings.

Businesses that optimize inventory will also realize a lean and stable supply chain, with an emphasis on enhanced efficiencies and a maximized workflow.

4. Traceability Through the Entire Supply Chain

In most every type of business, there is some form of compliance, whether established by the business itself, or required by government or industry regulations. In 2016, the focus on compliance will extend to traceability.

Real-time traceability allows businesses to see where their goods are at the moment by tracking the chain of custody. This encompasses not only what’s in the warehouse facility, but also from where the goods originated, the various transportation paths they take within the supply chain, any modifications made to the goods or packaging along the way, and their final destination.

More importantly, this information can be shared among everyone involved in the supply chain, fostering real-time accountability and quality of product.

5. Collaboration With Third-Party Logistics Providers

A full integration of all systems cannot be accomplished without collaboration among all those involved in a company’s supply chain. But in 2016, businesses will more fully recognize the value of partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

A 3PL goes beyond public warehousing and distribution to offer other key logistics services. As an example, Brendamour Warehousing and Distribution is a 3PL because it offers a full array of logistics services, including warehousing, distribution, processing, packing, contract trucking, and importing and exporting.

Collaborating with a 3PL instead of doing logistics internally or using separate vendors affords businesses the opportunity to tap into vast industry knowledge and trends.

Businesses also realize discounted pricing that 3PLs are able to secure from their logistics partners, including freight and distribution carriers.

Get Ready for the New Year

Facing a new year brings both excitement and challenges. However, businesses can ease those challenges by making a resolution to switch to a public warehouse with 3PL services.

Brendamour Warehousing can help you identify your needs and establish a plan of action to ensure your supply chain and associated logistics work efficiently and deliver savings to your business.

To get started, simply contact Brendamour today for a free consultation.

 

Your Guide to the Different Types of 3PLs

Most businesspeople know that a third-party logistics (3PL) company provides outsourced logistics services for all or part of a business’s supply chain. These functions include public warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, transportation management, and any other services needed to move goods to where they need to go.

But did you know that there are four different types of 3PL providers? Knowing the differences between each one will help you select the best one for your business.

First, let’s start off with the official definition of what a third-party logistics company is.

Federal legislation passed in 2008 legally defines a 3PL as “a person who solely receives, holds, or otherwise transports a consumer product in the ordinary course of business but who does not take title to the product.”

This guide explains the different types of 3PLs and the services they can provide your company based on its logistics requirements.

Standard 3PL Provider

A standard 3PL handles basic logistics services. These are defined as public warehousing of your goods, picking and packing them, and distribution.

Standard providers perform a small range of logistics services and typically offer them at a low rate.

However, logistics is not a core function with these types of 3PLs. Therefore, they are not the best solution for businesses looking to partner with a logistics provider who can offer comprehensive services or cost-saving solutions.

Service Development 3PL Company

A service development 3PL has an enhanced infrastructure, advanced automated equipment, and warehouse management technology to provide a greater range of services than a standard 3PL.

The warehousing facilities are designed to safely and securely store all types of goods, including raw materials, finished products, food products, and refrigerated goods.

This type of 3PL firm has the technology in place to perform all sorts of business functions related to supply chain management.

In addition to basic logistics services, other functions include a wide range of processing services, such as custom packing, assembly work, inspection, bulk mailing, folding, bundling, labeling, advertising kit preparation, stretch wrapping, etc.

Other services offered include contract trucking, import and export, packing services, and more. Additionally, service development 3PLs offer value-added services to meet the customized needs of their clients. These may include specific packing requirements, cross docking, and tracking.

However, businesses looking for even greater logistics services and solutions, or customized transportation management may not be the best fit for these types of providers.

Customer Adapter 3PL Business

A customer adapter 3PL completely manages all of a company’s logistics activities. In other words, a business has the 3PL take over its total logistics operation and the 3PL uses its existing infrastructure and technology to perform the functions.

Although the cost is higher, the services are comprehensive for handling the supply chain from beginning to end.

Among the vast array of services provided are procurement, warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, order processing, shipping management, transportation management, tracking and tracing, cross-docking, customized functions, and much more.

Customer Developer 3PL Provider

A customer developer 3PL provides the most comprehensive oversight of a company’s supply chain functions. Usually, the 3PL integrates itself into the company and evaluates current processes to identify opportunities to enhance effectiveness and efficiencies.

This type of logistics provider has complete control to change the current supply chain process or add new specialized logistics solutions to it.

Businesses using these types of logistics providers also can expect comprehensive reporting. Regular data and matrix reports are generated that supply information on freight data, inventory management, cost accounting and control, etc.

However, businesses must be willing and comfortable with giving over complete control of their logistics operations to a customer developer 3PL.

About Brendamour Warehousing

Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services is a public warehouse that offers 3PL services. We are a service development 3PL company whose functions also cross over to the customer adapter type of third-party logistics providers.

At Brendamour, we offer comprehensive logistics services, as well as customized services and solutions.

Consider us your partner in finding innovative solutions to your logistics needs. Contact Brendamour to learn more about the warehousing, distribution, logistics, and other services we offer to meet the needs of your business.

See How 3PLs Can Lower Your Costs While Increasing Customer Satisfaction

A successful business is one that has found the perfect balance between keeping costs down while achieving high customer satisfaction. There’s definitely a science to it, and data is certainly at the forefront, providing the analysis business owners need to deliver value to customers while growing the bottom line.

One thing that all successful businesses have in common is focusing on their core competencies. That’s why most outsource their warehousing, distribution, and logistics to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider. In doing so, they have discovered the ways a 3PL can reduce their costs of doing business while increasing customer satisfaction.

A Comprehensive Logistics Analysis

Third-party logistics companies just don’t provide a service. They form a partnership with you and are equally dedicated to reducing your company’s costs. When hiring a 3PL, it first performs a comprehensive analysis of your supply chain to determine where savings are hidden.

Some areas where Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services often finds opportunities to save costs for businesses are:

  • Order fulfillment, by automating the process;
  • Shipping, by consolidating orders;
  • Distribution, by switching to more efficient and less costly transportation methods;
  • Supply chain, by shortening it to eliminate redundant administrative tasks, reduce fuel usage, and minimize disruptions within it.

More Efficient Warehousing

Public warehouses are typically more efficient than in-house storage because they are equipped with the latest in warehouse management equipment and technology. And a more efficient working warehouse reduces the number of times an order is touched.

At Brendamour Warehousing, our advanced warehouse management system  better connect the entire supply chain, from suppliers to carriers to customers. These systems have been proven to better control costs.

Expedited Shipping and Lower Costs

Third-party logistics providers have a proven record of expediting shipment of your goods and lowering distribution costs. This is accomplished through well-established shipping networks and the implementation of a variety of transportation management tools and strategies.

Some of the mechanisms Brendamour has in place to lower your costs and enhance customer service are:

  • Load consolidation to reduce your logistics costs.
  • Diverse shipping methods, such as partial truckloads or multi-drop truckloads, to meet your customers’ delivery expectations.
  • Strategies to reduce shipping costs and fees.

Partner with Brendamour

When looking for the best 3PL, look no further than Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. We have the best warehouse facilities for your goods, the latest technology and equipment to perform the most efficient order processing and order fulfillment functions for your business, and optimal shipping networks to deliver the highest service to your customers.

Our comprehensive 3PL services are adaptable to your business and scalable to meet your company’s supply and demand needs. This flexibility also allows us to quickly respond to the fluctuating demands of the market, your business, and the customers your business serves.

For a more customized look at how we can lower your costs while increasing customer satisfaction, contact Brendamour Warehousing for a free consultation. In no time at all, your company will enjoy lower logistics costs and better service to your customers.

How a 3PL Can Benefit Small Businesses

Small businesses are known for their personalized and exceptional customer service. It’s why many consumers choose to shop at a small company over a big box store or large retail chain.

Thanks to e-commerce, small businesses can provide their personal service around the country and even globally without sacrificing their small business ideals. What makes it all possible? A third party logistics (3PL) provider.

Small businesses that have yet to tap into a public warehouse with logistics services are missing out on the many benefits a 3PL can provide to make it easier for them to provide their personalized customer service without location restrictions.

3PL Public Warehouses Help Small Businesses Fulfill Customers’ Needs

Besides personalized service, small businesses pride themselves on knowing their customers’ history, likes and dislikes, and needs so they can make the best recommendations when they come to shop.

Developing this one-on-one personal service is vital for small companies as they build ongoing relationships that keep customers coming back.

No matter whether the customer is in your local community or hundreds of miles away, a 3PL allows small businesses to build these trusting relationships with their customers by providing reliable order fulfillment and distribution services.

For example, at Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, our sophisticated warehouse management system makes it possible for small businesses to get their goods to their customers quickly, accurately and efficiency.

3PLs Match the Flexibility of Small Businesses

One of the many advantages small businesses have over large companies is flexibility. Because of their size, small companies are quick to change and try new things to appeal to their customer base.

A 3PL is equally flexible and has the logistics services in place to help small businesses quickly bring a product to market.

At Brendamour Warehousing, our value-added services allow small businesses to bundle goods to offer an online flash sale, custom pack products, or assemble similar goods together at a moment’s notice based on customer feedback without having to dedicate additional resources.

An Omni Channel to Optimize the Customer Experience

Small business customers have expectations when they shop a small business, which can be incorporated into an e-commerce website. But when it comes to back-end operations, like fulfilling and delivering orders, small businesses have fewer logistics resources than big companies. That’s where a 3PL benefits small businesses.

Logistics operations can be complicated for small businesses with limited resources. But Brendamour Warehousing can provide the resources you need and handle your company’s logistics operations so you can focus on your customers.

First, we will evaluate your existing supply chain and help streamline it for maximum optimization. We can also provide those missing pieces, such as order processing, order fulfillment, transportation management, negotiating carrier rates, and reverse logistics, to expedite delivery of your customers’ orders to their front doors.

3PLs Deliver Exceptional Customer Service, Too

No doubt about it, people patronize a small business for the service. Customer service is the foundation of third-party logistics providers, as well. Just like small businesses, 3PLs provide attentive, accurate, and quick service to keep its customers.

At Brendamour, we have the systems, equipment, technology, and people in place to deliver red carpet service to you and your customers. We treat everyone like part of the family and deliver the customer service they expect and deserve.

As a small business with 3PL services, you can go beyond a brick-and-mortar store and personally interact with customers nationally and worldwide by partnering with us.

Learn more by contacting Brendamour Warehousing and see how a public warehouse with 3PL services can benefit your small business and provide your customers with a seamless shopping experience.

Is Outsourcing Logistics Right for Your Business?

It’s a question many companies face, especially when it doesn’t make sense to allocate precious resources to a process that is not part of the core business.

Yet, turning over supply chain functions to a third party logistics (3PL) provider takes a lot of trust. However, the end results make it all worthwhile in terms of enhancing company profitability and effectively meeting customers’ needs.

So how do you get started in deciding whether to outsource your logistics to a 3PL provider? Here are some guidelines to help you decide if outsourcing logistics is right for your company.

Analyze Key Performance Indicators

Before deciding whether a 3PL vendor is the best route to take, conduct an analysis of key factors, such as the cost of your supply chain operations, a cost comparison of in-house versus outsourcing, and the financial impact to the company and its stakeholders.

Also analyze the performance of your current supply chain and any gaps or challenges that are costing your company money. The analysis should also include suitability aspects of outsourcing with respect to your supply chain strategies.

Get input from others in your organization, such as key staff members from operations, sales, and accounting.

Outline Your 3PL Expectations

After conducting an analysis of your key performance indicators, outline what you want to achieve by using a public warehouse with 3PL services. For most businesses, it’s one or more of the following reasons:

  • Reduce costs
  • Increase revenue
  • Enhance capabilities.

However, companies may have different objectives within these main reasons. For example, when it comes to reducing costs, one business may want to reduce operating costs or lower development costs, while another may want to reduce capital investment or meet downsizing goals.

Likewise, a company may want to increase revenue to gain supply chain flexibility and responsiveness, while another business may be looking to increase the speed to market or decrease customer response time.

Using a 3PL to enhance capabilities may mean gaining access to new technology in a more affordable way for one company, but for another, it might mean creating additional or backup capacity.

Identifying your goals for 3PL services will help in your conversations with 3PL companies and in making your decision on which 3PL to choose.

Decide How Much of the Supply Chain to Outsource

A 3PL contract can be customized to meet your needs. Most public warehouses have extensive logistics services and can design a supply chain process to complement your existing structure.

You may choose to outsource certain aspects of your supply chain functions, such as warehousing, order fulfillment, distribution, and reverse logistics, or outsource the entire supply chain operation.

Resolve Any Preconceived Notions about Outsourcing

It’s only natural for a company to have concerns when outsourcing business functions. For example, you may think outsourcing will be more expensive, that customer service levels will drop, or that you will lose control over your business.

It’s important to resolve these concerns before transitioning to outsourcing. When interviewing potential public warehouses, be sure to discuss your concerns and expectations so they can be addressed within the structure of your contract agreement.

Choose a 3PL Public Warehouse

An evaluation criteria checklist is helpful when choosing a public warehouse. The checklist should consist of identified functions, such as procurement, warehousing, order fulfillment and processing, customized packaging, transportation management, etc., that you want the 3PL company to handle.

Under each function, identify all processes, such as inbound inspection, picking, tracking, and reporting. Next, develop evaluation protocols, such as product knowledge, customer interaction, service level, distribution response time, etc.

Match your list with each of the public warehouses you are considering. In particular, evaluate the logistics provider’s facility infrastructure, technology, equipment, and personnel to determine if they can handle the scope and scale of your supply chain needs.

The goal is to determine if the 3PL vendor can execute your supply chain processes seamlessly, effectively and efficiently.

Outsource to Brendamour Warehousing

We know setting up your supply chain operations with a 3PL can be challenging at first, but in the end, it will be extremely rewarding for your business. But at Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, we have measures in place to make the transition an easy and stress-free one.

At Brendamour, our business is ensuring the success of your business, so we strive to be a vital partner to your business operations. Get in touch with us to learn more about our warehousing, distribution, and logistics services and how we can tailor them to meet your supply chain objectives.

By outsourcing your logistics processes to Brendamour Warehousing, your company will be able to focus on its core business with the peace of mind that your goods are being supplied to your customers in an efficient, accurate, and timely manner.

And your bottom line will reflect the rewards, with cost savings and high customer satisfaction rates.

4 Key Distribution Questions to Ask a 3PL

One great thing about businesses is their uniqueness. You could have two companies selling the same type of product, yet they are vastly different from each other. It’s that difference that should be taken into account when evaluating a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to handle your warehousing, distribution and other logistics needs.

Taking some time to determine what you need from a 3PL to meet the unique circumstances of your business, its products and/or services, and its customers will result in a successful partnership.

These four key questions will help you identify the best 3PL for your company.

Question #1: Is Your Product Easy to Distribute?

This is where size, weight, and shape matter. Take a look at your product from a packing and distribution viewpoint. Consider things like:

Is your product oversized or undersized?
Is it an awkward shape or require fragile handling?
Is your product perishable or need to be maintained at a certain temperature at all times?
Does your product need to be assembled, bundled, or require special packaging before distribution?

Since distribution capacity differs among public warehouses with distribution and logistics services, it’s important to select a 3PL, such as Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, that can accommodate any special distribution needs your product may have.

Question #2: Where Is Your Product Being Distributed?

Currently, your business might require only local or regional distribution, but take a look into that crystal ball to see what the future may hold.

How will your distribution routes change as your company expands?
Will you need cross-country distribution?
Will you be selling your products in other countries?

For most businesses, the market areas they begin with are either modified or increased to respond to product demand. Logistics providers have different distribution routes, so it’s important to select a third-party logistics company at the onset that can handle both countrywide and international distribution.

More importantly, you want a 3PL who has strong partnerships with transportation networks so it can effectively achieve your distribution goals. For example, Brendamour Warehousing distributes throughout the United States, as well as internationally. What’s more, our distribution network spans to all modes of transportation, including train, plane, ship, and truck, to get your goods where they need to go in the most cost-efficient manner possible.

Question #3: Does Your Business Conduct International Trade?

While you might not be selling your product internationally, your business still might have international connections.

For example, does your business work with manufacturers or other suppliers from foreign countries? If so, you need to outsource your public warehousing and distribution needs to a logistics provider who handles international trade needs.

At Brendamour Warehousing, we have the knowledge and foreign trade zone designation to process international imports and exports. With us, there are no barriers to your domestic and international sales.

Question #4: What Are Your Customers’ Needs?

Whether your end customer is a retail store, a big-box store, a small boutique, or an individual ordering direct from your website, each customer has different needs. As such, you need a public warehouse that can handle these diverse needs.

With regards to your customers’ requirements, consider:

How much product will your customers need each month?
Are your customers limited to how much product they can handle at one time?
Do your customers have special requests, such as inventory-related, how they receive your product, etc.?
Do customers have seasonal demands or peaks in sales at certain times of the year?
How quickly can your business respond to increased demands?

Brendamour Warehousing Is Your 3PL Solution

When you partner with Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services, you have a full-service 3PL handling all your logistics needs. Our history of excellence in public warehousing, distribution, and logistics speaks volumes to the extra care we take when handling your goods.

With Brendamour, you have a 3PL that can handle your product’s special needs, as well as the special requests of your customers.

Contact us to learn how we can enhance your company’s distribution and deliver value to your bottom line.

3 Signs Your Business Needs a 3PL

Are you currently handling your own logistics? You’re not alone. Most businesses start out managing their own warehousing, order fulfillment, order processing, and distribution. But more often than not, there comes a time when your business gets to the point where you have to outsource your logistics to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

From a business standpoint, it makes sense to use a public warehouse with 3PL services since warehousing, distribution, and logistics are not your company’s core activities. So why use valuable capital on them?

But how do you know if your business has reached the point where it would be better served by outsourcing your warehousing, distribution and other logistics services? We’ve put together these three key signs that indicate your business needs a third-party logistics provider.

Sign #1: You’re getting behind in processing orders.

If your business is getting backlogged filling orders on a regular basis and mistakes are occurring, it’s a sign you need help with your order processing and order fulfillment functions. Sure, you can add more staff, but consider this: Is adding more expenses to a non-core business function something that will help your business be profitable?

A 3PL already has the resources you need and can transition your processes over to theirs in a few days. As an example, Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services has a highly automated system for order fulfillment and order picking. It’s designed specifically to get orders prepared for shipping quickly and accurately.

As your company grows, your order processing and fulfillment will become even more challenging, so it’s best to have a 3PL in place to seamlessly and effortlessly handle that growth.

One of the many advantages of outsourcing to a third-party logistics company is its scalability. It can easily scale up and down as your business dictates and you pay only for the amount of services you use.

Sign #2: It’s difficult to handle peak seasons.

Just about all businesses have busy seasons, but it’s how well they are handled that determine their profitability. Many companies go the traditional route of adding additional staff and renting out storage space. But what happens during the slow seasons when you can’t justify those added business expenses?

It takes a lot of time and resources to continuously hire and lay off staff and negotiate short-term rentals. A less cumbersome and efficient solution is using a 3PL because you only pay for the warehouse space you need and the services you use. It’s the ideal scenario for dealing with peak and slow times of the year.

A public warehouse with distribution and logistics services, like Brendamour Warehousing, has the expertise and technology to quickly and seamlessly adjust resources when product movement is in high demand and to scale back when demand is less.

Sign #3: Inventory issues are slowing down order processing.

Out-of-stocks, mislabeled inventory, damaged goods, too much inventory. Your business has probably experienced just about all the inventory mishaps that can occur. But if inventory issues are disrupting operations, it’s time to look into a public warehouse with logistics services.

When shopping around for a public warehousing and distribution solution, be sure to ask about the functionality of its warehousing management system (WMS). Not all systems are as sophisticated in offering you the best in inventory management.

We’re proud to say that Brendamour Warehousing has the most technologically advanced warehouse management system. Besides allowing us to accurately and efficiency inventory your goods, it gives you 24/7 Web-based, real time access to your inventory levels. You can also submit orders and receipts, track orders, and see shipping status at any time of the day and from wherever there is Internet access.

We’re Here When You’re Ready

When your business is ready to transition to a 3PL, we hope you consider Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services. We have a proven track record for utilizing the latest in technology and applying industry best practices to provide you with the best in warehousing, distribution and logistics services.

Contact us to learn how we can optimize your current logistics processes and provide an even greater positive experience for your customers so you can focus on the core aspects of your business.

Warehouse Management System: A Deciding Factor When Choosing a Public Warehouse

A warehouse management system (WMS) keeps track of the storage and movement of your goods within the facility. If you want to know where a particular product or shipment is at any given time, all you have to do is check the warehouse management system.

That is, of course, if the storage facility, whether in-house or third-party, is using a state-of-the-art warehouse management system.

In fact, the capabilities of the warehouse management system should be a top deciding factor when updating an in-house system or choosing a public warehouse.

WMS Functionality

A WMS monitors, controls, and optimizes the daily functions related to warehousing and distribution. Very basic functions pertain to moving and storing goods within the warehouse, such as receiving goods, stock put away according to bin utilization, locating goods, and shipping.

But when choosing a public warehouse, you want one with a more sophisticated WMS that can handle additional functions to better manage your supply chain.

In addition, you want a public warehouse with a modular WMS so you can select the functionality you need for your specific business processes and have the option to expand functionality as your business dictates.

More advanced WMS functions that will help your business stay competitive or expand globally include:

  • Advanced shipping notifications from vendors to automate the receiving process;
  • Inventory control;
  • Order processing and management;
  • Multiple picking methods;
  • Inventory management and record keeping;.
  • Cycle counting;
  • Operating strategies that reduce errors and omissions and speed up distribution;
  • Optimization strategies to streamline your goods throughout the entire supply chain to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs;
  • Automated data collection;
  • Comprehensive accounting systems, including activity-based costing and billing.

Brendamour Warehousing Utilizes an Advanced WMS

Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services has the most advanced warehouse management system available.

Because we are a public warehouse with a full complement of third party logistics (3PL) services, our WMS controls order fulfillment and processing functions, such as assembly work, picking, custom packing, bundling, labeling, and other special needs.

In addition, our WMS is capable of handling all aspects of inventory, shipping, and order tracking in the most efficient and cost-effective way, while ensuring speed and accuracy.

Our WMS Commitment

At Brendamour Warehousing, we are committed to providing efficient and accurate handling and inventory of our customers’ goods. That’s why we continue to upgrade our WMS as new technology is developed.

Our WMS also utilizes other technologies, such as bar code scanners, radio frequency identification (RFID), automatic identification and data capture, and mobile computers, that more efficiently handle the flow of goods and produce reports valuable to your business operations.

Our technologically advanced WMS is web-based, so you can submit orders from anywhere at any time, and access your real time inventory whenever and wherever you choose.

Our warehouse management system also provides a seamless link between order processing and logistics management. It is designed to make it easy for you to do business with your customers around the clock.

Our ultimate goal is to minimize order fulfillment times and costs so you can better serve your customers. We do this by:

  • Maximizing warehouse space to reduce your warehousing costs.
  • Ensuring requirements, such as first-in, first-out, proper material handling, etc., are being met.
  • Helping you cut expenses by minimizing overstocks.
  • Preventing lost sales by ensuring there is enough inventory on hand to meet demand.
  • Warehousing popular or bundled products in an area that allows for speedier picking, packing, and shipping processes.
  • Utilizing the best picking method based on the volume of your fulfillment.
  • Reducing cycle times so you can enhance service to your customers.
  • Carefully handling your goods when they arrive in our warehouse and when they are shipped so they arrive to the end customer in good condition.
  • Utilizing task interleaving to achieve maximum productivity.
  • Furnishing you with useful data so you know how long your goods are warehoused, the suppliers who provide them, and your peak demand seasons.

Get the Brendamour Advantage Today

To benefit from the added functionality a public warehouse with a sophisticated warehouse management system can provide to your business, simply contact Brendamour Warehousing, Distribution & Services.

We have the technology you need to boost your customer satisfaction levels, remain competitive, and lower your business costs.