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    Hiring a third-party logistics provider - what to consider?

    By Mahesh Kumar|4th Feb 2018
    Every company needs a highly effective, efficient and an uninterrupted supply chain. So, when a company decides to hire a Third-party logistics ( 3PL) provider for their logistics distribution needs, it is always a big decision. 
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    Every company needs a highly effective, efficient and an uninterrupted supply chain. So, when a company decides to hire a Third-party logistics(3PL) provider for their logistics distribution needs, it is always a big decision. And while making such a big decision, it is essential to know what are the different factors that need one needs to consider before the final decision is taken.

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    Here are five major things that should be considered before the hiring of a third party logistics provider:

    Scalability of the operation

    No company is going to remain the same size as time goes on, like with every other business, it is going to grow. And it is important to know whether the logistics service you opt for will be able to expand their scale according to the needs of your operation. Apart from long-term growth, the logistics company must be able to increase the scale of operations during the times of high demand. And at the same time, when during the times of low demand, the logistics company must be able to scale down the operations to cut down the risk of wasting money. So, in the end, an ideal 3PL company must be able to expand and contract the services it offers in tune with the needs of your business.

    High-end technology platform to boost efficiency

    Logistics service is something that requires the use of ultra-modern technology to increase the efficiency of the entire process and to cut costs. So, when hiring a 3PL provider, it is always in the best interest to find out whether or not the service provided by them makes use of the latest technology available.

    Track Record

    While going with a new company is not always a bad idea, it is always the safest option to go with a logistics company has an excellent track record. It reduces the risk factor and alleviates any fear that your customers may have their shipment.

    Financial Stability and Payment History

    The financial stability of your logistics partner is critical, and you must always consider that. A company with a dodgy financial history might end up causing a lot of troubles to your operation, especially when it comes to payments.

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