The term 3PL or Third Party Logistics means different things to different people. There is, of course, a definition for 3PL but, particularly when additional services or products are included, it can be quite a different animal.
This is how Wikipedia’s defines 3PL:
“A third-party logistics provider is a company that provides the service to its customers of outsourced logistics services for all, or part of their supply chain management needs.
3PL providers ‘typically’ specialise in integrated operations, warehousing and transportation services that can be scaled and customised to a customer’s needs. How they’re tailored will be based on market conditions and the demands and delivery service requirements for their products and materials.
Often, these services go beyond logistics and include services related to the production of goods. The provider is generally then known as a supply chain management service provider (SCMSP) or third-party supply chain management provider (3PSCM).”
There are numerous descriptions and definitions but the final paragraph above most closely describes the services offered by the Fencor Packaging Group.
3PL is Often Best Explained by these examples;
In the first example, an International logistics business has a considerable amount of product delivered from China for a key customer. The goods are accepted into the warehouse, racked and stored to await further instructions.
The customer receives orders which are subsequently inserted directly into the logistics company’s IT system. The system then picks product according to the order, repackages it as needed, loads it for shipment and forwarded to its next or final destination.
This is a completely integrated 3PL (Third Party Logistics) supplier.
Whilst Manor Packaging are not as integrated as that in terms of our offering, we do provide elements of that service and are similar in many ways.
Here’s an example of the service we provide for one particular client;
The customer manufactures a product but they don’t hold packaging in stock. There are some one hundred and fifty different lines stocked for them in our warehouse which we’ve manufactured here on site. As the customer manufactures their products, they will request what’s needed from us to fulfil their orders each day. The packaging required is picked from stock, loaded onto transportation and delivered to them on a JIT (Just In Time) basis.
This example does make it sound very simple and it is, however we do have to work hard to ensure it is as straightforward and uncomplicated as possible. It is this process that enables us to deliver the customer’s corrugated packaging in full, on time, on a daily basis.
To make it seamless it is first necessary that we take care of;
- Structural design
- Graphic design
- Raw material supply
- Stock inventory control
If you’d like to discuss your stock and serve needs how you could possibly simplify your packaging supply chain whilst removing some cost and hassle factor, Contact us now, to discuss your 3PL – Third Party Logistics