Friday, 11 April 2014

Tips for a Flawless Global Supply Chain – 3PLS Part Two

It’s important to find the right 3PL that will help you to improve your services and run a smooth ship. Here are a few tips that will help you to pick the 3PL and build a relationship that benefits everyone.
  1. Check the 3PL has the legal authority to provide you with the services you require. The last thing you want is to find the firm or their activities are not properly covered by insurance.
  2. Ask your 3PL how they decide on the different carriers they choose to use. You must have faith in the providers, knowing they will not use a carrier that could cause problems or provide a poor service. The 3PLs need to check the operating authority, safety rating and insurance at the very least.
  3. Have the right kind of 3PL contract that contains the right clauses and that have key protections included. Check the contract is full of the correct type of jargon and language for the services you’re using.
  4. Discover the types of technology the 3PL has in place. Technology is essential in logistics as it ensures a faster service, reduces errors and improves the flow of information.  Check the different online tools that are available and discover if they’re able to provide you with a customizable application if you have special needs.
  5. Make the most of your 3PL by using them as solutions providers. You can use them as and when you need to, as an extension of your supply chain or to deal with only specific areas of your chain. Let them manage as much or as little of your shipping process as you need.

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