The cost to hire a Third-Party Logistics Company (3PL) is usually done on a pay as you go basis.
For example, if you use a 3PL to handle and manage your transportation needs, the typical way that they charge you is by marking up their transportation costs before they invoice you.
Here are some good reasons to hire a 3PL to manage your transportation:
- BUYING POWER: Riverside has numerous clients, using the same carrier base. This allows them to leverage this volume into lower rates than if you dealt directly with the carrier yourself. The amount of discount and reduction that Riverside receives, plus our markup percentage, is usually very competitive to the level of cost you yourself could find or negotiate. This means that we are usually more competitive, even with our markup than you would be on your own. Lower cost means cost savings.
- EXPERIENCE: Riverside has negotiating experience across many industries. We know carriers give more competitive pricing the better they understand the characteristics of the freight (i.e. commodity, dimension, weight, origin, destination and product value). Our goal is to find the best cost/service ratio for our customers using our visibility of a larger network portion of the supply chain.
- MANAGEMENT: Riverside has experience and expertise that allows us to be your Transportation Department. This means you don’t have to pay for a staff to manage and execute your transportation needs. We do it. This represents a substantial advantage to you. We handle all your freight audit and pay activity, making sure that the invoices are fully documented and are correct before we pay them.
- SYSTEMS: Riverside uses technology to capture the relevant transportation data to efficiently run your business. This is important in today’s supply chain. It means we can track your shipments, transaction cost, and shipping and receiving metrics. All this can be done in real time. A 3PL utilizes these systems to properly manage and execute a logistics strategy that keeps you competitive.
In summary, a transportation 3PL brings a disciplined approach to purchasing and executing your transportation strategy. The ultimate goal is delivering service to your customers at a competitive price while saving you money.