Outsourcing is a hot topic today. Some of the benefits to outsourcing warehousing and distribution include access to better skilled management, more versatility and scalability. Infrastructure, equipment and workforce skills are also important considerations when outsourcing.
There are many factors to account for when selecting someone else to handle your warehousing and distribution. Most important is reputation. In day to day life, people gain a reputation, and they have to live with how others think of them. It’s the same in business: If an organization has a poor reputation it’s likely they will not be very successful. Skilled management must completely understand a customer’s needs to stand a chance of providing top quality service. If during certain seasons access is needed to more facilities, a strong 3PL third party logistics provider will find solutions to accommodate these growing needs. A partner with a great reputation in the city or region is crucial when it comes to securing additional space.
Examining a third party logistics provider’s warehousing and distribution technology is extremely important, yet often overlooked. It must have 360-degree compatibility and growth flexibility. And any 3PL without an in-house Information Technology (IT) Department might not be worth the phone call. Understanding the abilities of a 3PL to meet these needs can save major headaches down the road.
A major pitfall when hiring a 3PL provider is making a decision strictly on price. In warehousing and distribution, there will always be one bidder whose primary selling strategy will be low prices. Before taking bids, it would serve well to estimate all costs to easily eliminate the highest and lowest bidders. There is more to cost than dollars: no amount of money can repair a ruined reputation. Remember, you get what you pay for, and sometimes it’s better to spend a little extra to get a little extra.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and its complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing website.