5 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Third-Party Logistics Provider (3PL Provider)


It’s important that as your business grows, your third party logistics service provider can meet your business demands while exceeding expectations. It is equally important then that your 3PL partner has the capability to meet your specific needs either from a volume stand point or a technology standpoint.

Innovative Technology Platform

Is your 3PL efficient with technology? Such as cloud based platforms, compliant with certain certifications if your industry/niche requires it and able to handle whatever you throw at them. At PDS260, we are ISO 9001 compliant, CGMP compliant, VAWD accredited, State & DEA Licensed, FDA & ABCC Licensed, offer Real-Time Inventory Management System, & EDI capable.

Comprehensive Warehousing & Transportation Options

When you’re vetting a 3PL, you should be offered a vast array of warehousing and shipping options suitable to your operations. Options and alternatives create opportunity within a supply network. When a 3PL has extensive relationships with multiple suppliers, you benefit from their ability to choose the lowest cost option. This makes having the leading technology platforms even more important for managing those options, identifying the most efficient and implementing it seamlessly.

Financial Stability & Payment History

When you partner with a 3PL, you entrust them with your brand, so it is important to find a company with a long history of proven success. Look for a financially stable partner that continues to invest in facilities, systems, equipment, and human resources necessary for optimal logistics solutions.

Proven Track Record & Great Customer Service

After identifying a 3PL with financial stability, you want to make sure they have a proven track record paired with great customer service. It’s not only important to be able to have competitive rates, but you want the product to be able to get to its final destination on time and with little to no damage to your goods/products as possible. And if you have an issue for whatever reason, you want someone to be able answer your call and help diffuse the situation quickly and efficiently. As we’ve discussed, finding the right logistics provider requires a lot of thinking and analysis. Use these 5 factors we’ve talked about to make your search a bit easier. And if you’re looking for a service provider in the Northeast, we have great locations in Taunton, Lakeville, & Mansfield, Massachusetts to help with all your 3PL needs. Contact us today to get started or call us at 508-946-7719!