3 Reasons to Consider a 3PL for the New Year

The new year is the perfect time to make a fresh start and to adopt better habits. Many people seize the opportunity to lose weight or to save more money. But for entrepreneurs like yourself, the new year is the ideal time to think about the way your apparel organization operates. Do you have the right strategic partnerships in place? These are just three reasons you should consider partnering with a quality third-party logistics (3PL) provider in the new year.

It Could Cut Your Costs

It may seem counterintuitive to employ a 3PL provider to reduce your costs, but spending money on such services is an excellent investment in your apparel business's operations.

Quality 3PL providers can often help organizations reduce their excess carrying costs and returned goods expenses. Most are well-versed in the best security practices to reduce lost goods. The best 3PL providers can also help businesses simplify their operations, optimize their distribution networks, and operate more efficiently. Using a 3PL provider's apparel warehouse may be more cost-effective than maintaining your own on-site warehouse.

Changing processes might seem daunting, but you can benefit from your 3PL provider's experience. They already have the infrastructure and technology in place to help transitions occur quickly and with minimal disruption to your business. By suggesting changes in a variety of areas, 3PL providers can potentially save your company a substantial amount of money, according to IndustryWeek.

It Can Increase Your Resource Network

Partnering with a 3PL provider can help put you in touch with a wealth of valuable resources for your business. These resources can help fill the gaps within your own operations.

The best 3PL providers have close relationships with shipping companies that could help you access special discounts and faster delivery options. They also have well-appointed warehouses with leading apparel industry innovations, such as automated conveyors and sortation, Railex garment on hanger technology, Crisplant tilt tray sorters, and more. Adding these solutions to your apparel warehouse would be much more expensive than accessing them through a 3PL provider. Customer service teams, accounting professionals, and tech support can also be made available to you through a quality 3PL provider.

It Will Make Expansion Easier

If you're considering expanding your apparel business operations in 2018 or beyond, partnering with a quality apparel 3PL provider is a valuable first step. Choose a 3PL provider centrally located in an area you hope to target or are familiar with in serving your potential new market. Your 3PL provider can share its experience with you and help guide your expansion efforts. As well as sharing insider knowledge about the market and its purchase decisions, a good 3PL will teach you about local regulations and other key information for successful expansion.

Partnering with a 3PL provider for expansion is a much lower-risk strategy than opening a new distribution center in an untested market, according to Logistics List.

The new year is the ideal opportunity for assessing your strategic partnerships and forging new ones. Complete our free online consultation form to learn more about how partnering with The Apparel Logistics Group could be the best decision you'll make in 2018.

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