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Choosing the Right 3PL for your Apparel Business

The third-party logistics industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the last couple of decades. This growth means that businesses have more options when choosing 3PL companies that can deliver products on time and offer value-added services.

Before you select a 3PL to help your apparel business reach its goals, you should consider how these three features will affect the services you receive. They are some of the most important factors in determining a 3PL's success.

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A Central Location

Something as simple as location can make a significant difference in the services you receive from a 3PL. Ideally, you should choose a company with a central location that makes it possible for it to deliver products to your warehouses, retail stores, and customers quickly. Location becomes even more important when you consider that 28 percent of online apparel purchases get returned to sellers.

The Apparel Logistics Group benefits from its location in northern Texas. Lewisville sits near the country's middle meridian, so it's easy for shipments to reach any warehouse within the continental United States within just a few days. Whether you're sending shirts to Miami or shoes to Seattle, you know that the shipment will arrive on time.

A 3PL located on either coast can't make the same promise because its trucks have to travel long distances to reach some cities. If you choose a company located on the West Coast, for instance, products could need to travel over 3,000 miles to reach customers in New York City. From Lewisville, Texas, trucks only need to travel half that distance.

Inventory Control

A reliable apparel 3PL will help you know exactly what items you have in stock. Without this knowledge, you could run out of a popular product that customers want right away. When you run out of that item, each passing hour means that you lose money. Shoppers who don't find what they want at your store, after all, will turn to one of your competitors.

The Apparel Logistics Group makes it easy for you to control your inventory. Depending on your needs, you may want to use sales forecasts or vendor-managed inventory features that make it possible for you to keep items in stock even during the busiest times of the year.

Technology That Keeps You Connected

Successful 3PLs have spent a lot of time developing technology that gives you greater control over your products and services. Your business will likely benefit from warehouse management systems and enterprise resource planning solutions that keep you informed of where your items are, how many products you have in stock, and how to improve your customer services to attract more buyers.

The Apparel Logistics Group has invested heavily in technology to give you the latest options. We provide custom programming that matches your unique needs, electronic records that help you keep track of inbound and outbound transactions, and on-demand report generation.

Learn more about how The Apparel Logistics Group helps businesses like yours by requesting a consultation. Choosing the right 3PL can make a big difference in your apparel business's success. Make sure you have the information you need to select one that's right for you.

Posted: 10/26/2016 11:36:43 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments


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