Date Added: Jan 2010
By consulting an experienced third-party logistics provider (3PL), the business can gain valuable expert guidance and access to world-class tools and services that might otherwise be beyond the reach of most small- and medium-sized businesses. Research the options, and identify a partner with the experience and solutions to serve as virtual logistics department. One can save valuable time by automating as much of the shipping process as possible. Shipping technologies exist to help businesses of all sizes automate shipping functions, such as simplifying down to a few key strokes the traditionally complex task of generating commercial invoices on international shipments. Some shippers and 3PLs offer applications that can be integrated into the company's business system and customer-facing website to improve efficiency and customer service.