You’ve just launched a new product, you’re having your seasonal promotion, or for an unseen reason, you see an influx in demand. Whatever the reason, you need capacity - and you need it fast.
What is Capacity Solutions?
First, let’s define capacity solutions - also known as transportation brokerage. Capacity Solutions is a way for brands to meet their short-term transportation needs. It usually doesn’t require heavy set up and it allows you to meet any additional or unplanned loads you need to transport. You simply submit the details of your load and a broker reaches out to help you meet that need.
According to JOC, there are over 18,000 licensed transportation brokers in the United States. You have a lot of options to choose from - so why should you turn to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) to help you find capacity? Here are four reasons why you should use a 3PL for your capacity solutions.
When you are hiring someone to transport your product, you need a company you can trust. Anyone can sign up to carry a load, but when your brand and customer experience is at stake, you don’t just want anyone delivering your product.
By working with a 3PL, you can be confident that the carriers they use will be reputable. Third-party logistics providers have vetted and developed relationships with hundreds or thousands of qualified carriers. They also have teams of people dedicated to carrier development so you will know your products are in good hands.
You need to have visibility into every transaction. You need to know when a shipment is getting delivered or if there will be any delays. Without accurate data, you can’t make informed business decisions. But by working with a 3PL, you’ll not only have access to best-in-class Transportation Management Systems, but you’ll also be able to see your transportation data in the context of your entire supply chain.
3. Potential New 3PL Partner
While capacity solutions are for temporary needs, in order to run a successful business you need to have a well-developed supply chain to take care of your everyday orders. Working with a third-party logistics provider for your capacity solutions allows for an easy transition to help you with other supply chain needs such as your long-term transportation, warehousing and fulfillment, or freight forwarding strategy. Plus, you can think of this as a “trial period” for testing out a new potential 3PL partner.
4. Access to the World
To grow your business, sometimes you need to reach outside your own borders. A global 3PL gives you access to potential customers all over the world. From freight forwarding services such as air and ocean freight to warehousing and transportation services such as final-mile delivery, working with a global 3PL can allow you to provide your customers with a seamless experience, wherever they are located.
If you are looking for short-term transportation needs, you should consider looking into working with a 3PL. They work with trusted carriers, provide you with the visibility you need, give you access to the world, and allow you to test out a potential new strategic partner. You can feel confident knowing your products will get to your end consumers on time and in a way that upholds your brand standards.