While these aren't the type of benefits that come with a concrete price tag, they're still costs which can make or break a business in any market. Shoring these up in your favor by teaming up with a 3PL should be considered insurance for success.
With the right 3PL, you're gaining a partner who not only understands your goals and needs but one who can grow your operations faster and more efficiently than you could ever do on your own. They know the ins and outs of the business, areas of wasted cash flow you can eliminate, how to best spend your resources, and let your team focus on the products that fuel your operation.
Using all of this information, the most appropriate solution can be determined/evaluated to satisfy the account requirements. Potential considerations for storage and operational types are:
All this information creates the best operational configuration for the activity type and flow of the facility. This flow directs the determination of what staffing and material handling equipment are needed.
This is where your 3PL should truly shine; a balanced, customized warehouse management system (WMS) along with the customized layout flow, and the right material handling equipment would help you automate best-case, efficient placement of your items based on sales volume and frequency, for example, and options like moving overflow to an auxiliary shared warehousing solution can free up valuable space in your in-house facility, too.