Saturday, January 28, 2012

3PL, and the software that runs it

Third-party logistics or 3PL uses special logistics companies to do stuff that have traditionally been performed in-house. According to Wiki definition, third-party logistics includes any form of outsourcing of logistics that were previously performed within the company itself. If a company with its own warehousing facilities decides to employ external transportation, this would be an example of third-party logistics. 

Logistics is an emerging business area in many countries and so there are a lot of companies that provide these services. In today's computer age, automation is everywhere. Just like industrial automation, logistics is also highly automated to improve the throughput and efficiency of it's services. There are a lot of firms that provide software for logistics companies. But for an already high tensed process, the software has to be extremely smooth and problem free if you are to truly make your system efficient. The software should also be free of bugs and other problems that usually crop up in bad coding. 3PL Central provides great third party logistics software. Just like companies that specialize in logistics, this software is from a company that specializes in logistics software. So you can understand the kind of focus that they might have given it.

The 3PL Central software also allows you to view the whole inventory online so that you don't have to multiple spreadsheets at a time - and we all know how irritating spreadsheets can be.

And you should also note that among the large number of partners that 3PL has, they also partner with Motorola and Rackspace.

If you are really more interested in 3PL rather than the software company, you could check out some of these good 3PL resources at their website. They have got webinars, white papers, case studies and then some.

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