What is a 3PL?

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) enable companies to outsource elements of their distribution, warehousing and fulfilment. Unlike second-party logistics providers (2PLs), 3PLs are always integrated in their clients’ inventory management systems, helping deliver real-time, end-to-end supply chain traceability.

The close relationship that exists between 3PLs and their customers helps explain why these partnerships tend to succeed. According to the 2017 21st Annual Third-Party Logistics Study, 91% of 3PL users and 97% of 3PL providers reported that their relationships are successful, and that their work is yielding positive results.

Pallet and pick storage aisles within James and James's UK fulfilment warehouse

As a specialist third-party logistics company, we’ve succeeded in providing integrated fulfilment, warehousing and transportation services that adapt to each of our clients’ requirements. This allows both small businesses and established retailers to enjoy a global reach, which scales easily to meet their increasing demand.

This is in large part due to ControlPort – our award-winning, cloud-based order fulfilment software platform. ControlPort ensures that while you outsource your fulfilment, you’re still able to manage and optimise your inventory, and receive live order tracking for you and your customers.

So while you receive the benefits of outsourced fulfilment – the extra time to focus on your passion, and expand and improve your product line – you also enjoy full, real-time inventory visibility.

Want to focus on the core aspects of your business, and take full advantage of the flexibility and scalability that a 3PL can provide? Contact us today for a free, no-obligation chat about how our 3PL solutions can help your business.