THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS (3PL)

Store more, move faster, deliver on time

Analysts predict that the 3PL market will reach over 1,337 billion by 2027. Are you doing all you can to stay competitive?

CHALLENGES

Transform challenges into opportunities

Surging e-commerce and B2C fulfillment has transformed the 3PL industry. You must adapt to new demands or risk it all.

SKU Proliferation

The consumer demand for more product options is driving an explosion in SKUs. Now more than ever it’s important to make use of all available floor space. Many operations have looked up for a solution – going vertical with the help of variable height order pickers to access unused cubic space. Others have reduced aisle widths, adding narrow aisle products to enable them to add racking and higher picking zones.

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Increased costs

Controlling costs and driving greater efficiency are at the forefront of most 3PL operations. Additionally, the cost and availability of qualified labor can be a constant struggle. Many operations have turned to robotics to help redeploy tasks, automating routine, non-valued added tasks while assigning more valuable human resources to more complex tasks.

Fulfillment expectations

There was a time when getting a shipment in a few days was amazing. Now same-day or next-day delivery is an expectation. 3PL operations focus on both agility and speed from put-away to picking to shipping. A robust inventory management system can help manage product flow, while specially engineered product solutions can benefit high throughput applications. Employing a telemetry system to monitor and provide real-time data on key productivity metrics can add another layer of control and the ability to flex as needed.

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Last mile logistics

Today’s customers want the fastest delivery at the least cost possible. For many 3PL operations moving to a hub and spoke, or distributed inventory model, is the best solution. Moving inventory into multiple, smaller fulfillment centers located as close to the customer as possible helps more efficiently move product and reduce overall delivery times.

Labor shortage

A more confident operator is a more productive operator. Providing your operators with ergonomically designed equipment can help reduce fatigue and improve productivity over the course of the shift. Confidence is also about safe operation - being aware of both pedestrians and obstacles in the facility. Operator assist systems can help reinforce positive operator behaviors to minimize lost time and product damage.

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REAL WORLD RESULTS


Demonstrated to achieve results

Innovations designed to help increase operational efficiency and achieve next level performance.

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Reinforce operating best practices

Support operator awareness and adherence to best practices and traffic rules with powerful operator assist technology that provides not only dynamic alerts, but automatic truck performance adjustments such as speed reduction, load stability controls and more.

Increasing slot capacity and picking efficiency

Discover how new slotting strategies and innovative multi-level lift truck design can enable higher performance and lower fulfillment costs.

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The ROI of robotics

Discover how robotic material transport solutions help address labor issues, help control costs and help drive greater efficiency.

Small data, big impact

Discover how using telematics can help to right size your fleet, reduce maintenance costs and idle time; safely increasing productivity while reducing total operating costs.

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Distribution center case study

Learn how Nature’s Best was able to add 33-45% more pick positions, increasing the number of SKUs and revenue per square foot.