Covid-19 has changed everything about the way we do business and has put significant strain on supply chains globally. Pandemic fatigue is affecting us all and this second wave is hitting harder than the first. In spite of this, it is important to re-energize and re-focus on making important business decisions to successfully navigate the storm ahead.
There are empty shelves at retailers again as the virus surges in the US and consumers once again “panic buy”. Widespread capacity shortages are hitting both international and domestic transportation networks due to a spike in demand and a shortage of labour. Ocean and air freight rates are surging at a record pace.
At a time of supply chain disruption, it is crucial to place your supply chain management in the hands of experts. This is where a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) provider comes in. A 3PL acts as an extension of your business, not unlike a logistics department and uses their team of experts to optimize your supply chain and handle the ins-and-outs of your daily shipments. And that’s just the beginning!
Here are 5 reasons why you should outsource your logistics to a 3PL during Covid-19:
1. Stop stressing about shipments and focus on important business decisions
If you sat down and calculated how much time is being spent on supply chain related issues, is it a significant number? Outsourcing to a 3PL can give you that time back to focus on what you do best, running your business. During a pandemic, important business decisions must be made more frequently as business need to pivot at a moment’s notice. This means more time you can spend collaborating, strategizing, and forecasting to ensure your business stays operating efficiently and profitably.
2. Keep operations running, no matter what
3PL’s are deemed as an essential service due to their responsibility to ensure consistent flow of goods, from medical supplies to food products to toilet paper. At Radius Logistics, we have quickly and successfully pivoted to remote operations to ensure the health and safety of our team and the continuity of your supply chain. If your office must close due to Covid-19 regulations or outbreaks, we are here as your steadfast transportation partner to ensure that the show goes on. With daily service tracking reports on all shipments and a dedicated customer service rep, you always have full visibility on your supply chain. This ensures efficient operations and provides you with data to inform critical business decisions.
3. Receive tailor-made plans based on supply chain requirements/issues
Quality 3PL’s employ a team of industry experts in all facets of transportation. At Radius, a sales representative will conduct a supply chain audit, consult with our industry experts, and come forward with a 360-degree solution to move your freight. Our team keeps a pulse on industry news and updates, meaning that you will be informed of supply chain challenges and be provided with options and alternatives to keep things moving. With network capacity issues and soaring freight costs during the pandemic, our team is dedicated to finding the most optimal way to transport your goods.
4. Scale your business up or down with ease
Has Covid-19 caused your business to soar to new heights? This may mean that you are scrambling to figure out how to handle a large influx of shipments. A 3PL is a non-asset-based organization, meaning that they do not own trucks, boats, trains, and airplanes to ship your freight. At Radius Logistics we partner with hundreds of vetted transport providers to ensure continuity in your supply chain. This means that we are not constrained by any volume of freight as we have a massive network of vehicles to choose from. Whether you ship 2 orders or 2000 orders a week, Radius Logistics can handle all your supply chain requirements in an agile fashion.
5. Keep your customers happy
When your shipments arrive on time, your customers are happy. It’s just that simple. Happy customers mean repeat business, word of mouth recommendations, and an enhanced brand image. Ultimately, this means more profit for your organization. Outsourcing to a 3PL means that your shipments will get where they need to be, on time and on budget.
At Radius Logistics we are a 3PL that works hard to build long-term partnerships with our clients. When you work with us, our entire team dedicates themselves to learning the ins-and-outs of your business to optimize your supply chain. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have supported our clients, big and small, through all supply chain disruptions and issues. In a time that is more uncertain than ever, choose Radius Logistics – Certainty Delivered.