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Logistics with a Last-Mile Focus

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Is your company looking to change their logistics after the holidays or during the new year? Are you in need of an excellent logistics solution that your company may not already provide? Perhaps you have purchased something for your home but have no way to get it there. What do you do?

You are in need of a third-party logistics company that truly has it together. 3PD, a third-party logistics company, is your answer as we focus on last-mile delivery. Aside from the nearly 5 million business and job site deliveries made every year, 3PD is concerned with the customer and conducting good business in a professional manner. 3PD provides delivery to job sites, business-to-business delivery and home delivery. 3PD can handle it all – building products, appliances, furniture, cabinetry, fitness equipment, general merchandise, electronics, office supplies, automotive parts, medial supplies and MUCH more! Aside from the array of products 3PD handles, we also ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Perhaps your company needs to outsource logistics versus having an in-house logistics department. After all, it makes sense as you will have less to worry about and save you money all at the same time! Maybe your business has a logistics department but needs a higher level of strategic attention. Whatever the case may be, 3PD is committed in providing many different services including network optimization, business process re-engineering, freight management, site selection, resource engineering and facility design.

The end of the year is approaching and that usually means it is almost time to start fresh! With logistics being such a critical industry in this day and age, why not focus on it with the assistance of 3PD? Let 3PD help ring in the new year with new and improved logistics!

For more information about logistics services, please contact 3PD.

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Last Mile Delivery for the Holidays

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

The holidays can be chaotic, crazy but also joyous and wonderful. So how can you eliminate any stress and mayhem and avoid any mishaps from occurring during the holiday season? Many people are ordering online and having merchandise delivered to their homes from a store, especially items that may be too large to haul yourself. In order to do this properly, you need a third-party logistics company you can depend on and trust.

3PD makes nearly 5 million residential, business and job site deliveries every year. 3PD is also one of the only last-mile providers around. Why trust your merchandise in the hands of others when 3PD is in 500 different locations throughout the United States and Canada?

When trying to have something delivered, particularly during the holidays, it can be extremely stressful. You keep thinking about the “what ifs”. “What if it my new television is not delivered in time?”, “What if my brand new couch has marks all over it?”, “What if my new entertainment center gets banged up in the delivery truck?”. No need to worry, 3PD has you covered. 3PD not only offers business-to-business delivery but business-to-home delivery and job site delivery as well.

3PD also provides White Glove Delivery Service which is another plus. What is White Glove Delivery? It is 3PD’s promise to get your merchandise from the distribution center to your home practically untouched. We provide blanket-wrapped delivery, furniture touch-up, placement in customer’s room of choice, removal of all merchandise, removal of debris, set-up, complex assembly and installation, product training and reverse logistics. If you are seeking a business to get your merchandise from the DC to your home, job site or business, why go anywhere else when 3PD can be your one-stop shop?

The holiday time is chaotic enough. Let 3PD get your merchandise to your home on time! Logistics have become some an important area of business over the last several years and it is 3PD’s pleasure to ensure that you are receiving the best service possible.

3PD is wishing you a happy and stress-free holiday season!

Components of a Good Logistics Company

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to an excellent logistics company. Perhaps you are a business looking to hire a third-party logistics company and do not know where to begin. There are many things to look for if you plan on conducting business with another party. Be prepared to do extensive research to ensure that you are making the best decision.

-Who is the company and what do they stand for?
-What services does this third-party logistics company provide?
-Is the pricing competitive to the market?
-What is the company’s reputation? Have you read testimonials and reviews?

If you’ve done your research and have narrowed it down to a few third-party logistic companies, it is now time to break the decision down further.

What are the benefits of having a third-party logistics company?
First and foremost, it is critical to determine why having a third-party logistics company will benefit your business. Why are you looking to hire a third-party logistics company? Perhaps its simply because you are looking for a cost-saving solution or maybe your company is eliminating its logistics department. Whatever the case may be, using a third-party logistics company is an excellent solution for many businesses.

What is the company strategy?
How do they outsource? What kind of logistic services are provided and how does it set them apart from the competition? What is their supply chain management like? Is the company up-to-date on the latest technology? These are all very important questions to ask and research when deciding on a third-party logistics company for your business.

What are the company objectives?
How will this company benefit your business? Are they organized and structured? What are the goals of the company? Again, these questions are important to ask yourself when choosing the best company for your business.

What sets the company apart from its competition?
Is the pricing competitive? Remember, even if one company is less expensive than another does not mean it’s a better deal. Really weigh out what a 3PL company provides over the other. The services offered should set a company apart from its competition as well as its customer service and technology. Does the 3PL company you are researching provide business-to-business delivery, job site delivery, business-to-home delivery? Truly find out what the company is trying to achieve.

Logistics has become such an important part of our lives and it is critical to choose the best third-party logistics company for your business. Remember to research the companies you are interested in, weigh out the pros and cons and decide how your business can benefit from the 3PL company of your choosing.

The Holidays Are Here, Logistics to the Rescue!

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The holidays can be a very exciting and magical time of year. However, it can also be stressful for those who are purchasing gifts for themselves and for others. When ordering merchandise and planning to have it delivered, reminds people how stressful this time of year can be. As a customer, you constantly have to worry that everything is going to arrive on time, correctly and without any damage. Unfortunately, this is hard to oversee as many retailers are flooding with orders and trying to keep everyone happy and satisfied.

This time of year is a reminder of why a third-party logistics company is so important. A third party-logistics company, such as 3PD, offers business-to-business, business-to-home and job site delivery. Using a third-party logistics company will only benefit you and make your holidays a little less stressful. Logistics is 3PD’s specialty and ensuring that your gifts and merchandise purchased get to you in a efficient and safe way. 3PD focuses on last-mile delivery and provides exceptional white glove delivery service to ensure that your items are handled with the utmost care. Worried about the large 60″ television you just purchased for your husband and getting it to him practically untouched? With the significant amount of wrapping, use of white gloves and assembly and installation provided, what more could you possibly ask for this holiday season?

To prepare yourself for shopping this holiday season, be sure you:

1. Research and Prepare. Write a list of what you need to buy and who you need to buy for. Within these points, make sure you add where to purchase the gifts from to assist in narrowing down your search. Research online, call stores and shop around.

2. The Early Bird Gets the Worm. Shopping early is key during the holiday season. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to purchase and order gifts. Be sure to find out shipping cut offs, shipping dates and the return and exchange policy that each store provides.

3. Know Your Dates. Get familiar with the busiest shipping days during the holiday so that you can plan accordingly. During the 2010/2011 year, December 13-17 is expected to be the most chaotic.

As long as you prepare for holiday shopping and shipping, you will be in good hands. For more information on third-party logistics and delivery services, please contact 3PD.