How Can a 3PL Help Resolve eCommerce Shipping Challenges?

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As your business grows, so will your inventory and your needs. The more orders you have to fill, the more challenges you face. With supply chain setbacks running rampant for most of 2021, eCommerce shipping challenges could be exponentially bigger and more costly for your business. And as we approach peak season, it’s important to create a long-term strategy to avoid holiday shipping nightmares. Working with a 3PL could be the solution for your business. Not only can a 3PL help you manage incoming inventory and outgoing orders, but you’ll also have access to shipping discounts, unlimited storage space, and professional returns management.

Increased Labor

As your orders increase, managing your own shipping and fulfillment becomes extremely difficult. Not only do you have to keep track of reordering out of stock items, you will also have to accurately pick, pack, and ship outgoing orders. On top of that, you will be solely responsible for returns and exchanges. If you're sending out hundreds of orders a day, you risk making serious mistakes on your shipping. This is where a 3PL can come in handy.

When working with a 3PL, you will have access to a whole team of logistics professionals. These experts handle eCommerce shipping and order fulfillment on a daily basis and know how to efficiently get orders in and out of the warehouse. This will increase the speed at which you can fulfill your orders and you will save money in the long run.. You won’t have to worry about things like payroll, benefits, or training. As a professional shipping company, your 3PL takes care of all of these for you. All you have to worry about is growing your eCommerce business. 

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Infinite Storage Space 

With peak season around the corner, online retailers are stocking up on inventory. In many cases, they are doubling or tripling the amount of merchandise they normally carry. Storage space quickly runs out and businesses owners are forced to quickly look for alternatives. As a result, inventory is constantly being moved around and retailers risk eCommerce shipping challenges like late deliveries and even lost merchandise. Avoid constantly stressing over shrinking storage space by partnering with a 3PL that scales with you and your business.

Professional shipping companies have access to a network of warehouses that provide nearly infinite space for your business. This allows you to spread your inventory out in the cities closest to your customers and cut down your overall shipping costs. With multiple warehouses, you’ll have space for all of your inventory in and out of peak season. 

Exclusive Shipping Discounts

3PLs work with many online businesses and ship out thousands of orders daily. This allows them to have huge discounts with local and national shipping carriers. Small businesses handling their own logistics won’t have access to these exclusive rates. They are likely paying more for the same service and may be limited to which carriers they can use. As a result, these businesses could be subject to major carrier delays and find that their peak season orders arrive late. Partnering with a 3PL will unlock these discounts and streamline your shipping.

By working with a professional shipping and fulfillment company, your business can utilize all carriers, local and national, at extremely discounted rates. This means that even peak season surcharges won’t break the bank because your overhead shipping cost is reduced. You can also avoid delivery setbacks by using an extensive 3PL shipping network and work with smaller mail carriers in cities near your customers. 

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As peak season approaches, it’s crucial that you get your shipping and fulfillment together now. Inventory strains and supply chain disruptions will likely continue in the coming months as the pandemic continues. Customers will rely more heavily on eCommerce businesses to fulfill their essential and nonessential needs. 

Get your logistics plan in place now before Shipocalypse 2021 arrives. Partner with the peak season eCommerce experts at Rakuten Super Logistics and achieve 100% order accuracy on every shipment. Get a quote today and secure the success of your business this holiday season.

Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) is the leader in eCommerce order fulfillment services and freight brokerage. RSL offers national fulfillment services and a network of fulfillment centers across the US, including Anaheim (CA), Atlanta (GA), Austin (TX), Carlstadt (NJ) Chicago (IL), Denver (CO), Houston (TX), Las Vegas (NV), Olean (NY), Reno (NV), Salt Lake City (UT), and Scranton (PA). Their state-of-the-art technology allows for integration with popular shopping cart platforms and online marketplaces including Amazon, Big Commerce, Channel Advisor, eBay, Magento, ShipStation, Shopify, Volusion, Walmart Marketplace, and WooCommerce.

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