3PL Warehousing Services

What is a Third Party Warehousing Provider?

A 3PL warehouse provider is a company that specializes in distribution services for manufacturers, distributors and other shippers that need these services.

What Functions Does a 3PL Warehouse Perform?

Specifically a third-party warehousing provider performs the functions of

  • Receiving
  • Storing
  • Inventorying
  • Order Processing
  • Order Picking
  • Loading

How Does This Benefit Shippers?

This enables shippers to focus on having goods available for customers either through their manufacturing processes, importing, or other procurement activities. Shippers aren’t burdened with the investment of buildings, equipment and labor to distribute their goods freeing capital for product development, manufacturing and acquisition.

A 3PL warehousing company is a vital supply chain partner

that ensures goods are properly stored and inventoried so that goods are available for the 3PL warehouse to fill orders for shipping to the 3PL customer’s consignee/receiver.

Do Third-Party Warehouse Providers Offer Other Logistics Services?

There are wide variety of services offered by 3PL warehousing providers beyond basic warehouse storage and handling services:

Public Warehousing

Contract Warehousing

Transportation Management

Contract Packaging

Ecommerce Fulfillment

Cross-Dock

Transload

Drayage

Light Assembly

Kitting

Pick.n.Pack

Import/Export