With a sea of (no pun intended) freight forwarders out there to choose from, how do you go about finding the best fit for your logistics requirements, cost, IT system needs, and your company’s culture and work ethic?
If logistics is a key pillar of your business then it’s crucial that you identify good quality and relevant fit potential 3PL’s (3rd Party Logistics) partners from the off.
In this article, we will look at some of the ways to go about identifying your best fit 3PL partner and identify why Pinnacle International Freight could be that very 3PL that you’ve been looking for and/or need right now.
What are YOUR Needs?
Obviously, in order to find the best fit logistics partner, you need to clearly know and understand exactly what your own requirements are, as a business. It is really worth writing a list of the core competencies you require fulfilling; this way you can more easily identify the best fit candidates of freight forwarding companies.
Figuring out the core needs of your business is the key to finding a reliable partnership that meets you where you’re at. It’s worth considering:
- What their specialty is.
Freight forwarders generally offer ‘air, sea and road freight services’, but they might specialise or focus on certain competencies. For example, do their strengths lie in Latin American cargo transportation and domestic haulage or in Transpacific sea and air freight? Most offer all of these services but when you dig deeper, they may be dominant in one or the other.
- Where they’re based.
It might be tempting to go for a freight forwarder close to you in order to preserve an in-person relationship, but in a post-COVID outbreak world, we know we can maintain relationships online. Therefore, finding a logistics partner well placed to meet your freight needs is likely to be more important than finding one close to you – but this depends on the needs of your business.
- Their size and scalability.
Does the scale, structure and culture of your business best fit with a large multinational 3PL or more of an established SME, with more of a personalised service and senior management access?
It’s also important to think about your own business’s scalability. It’s important to plan for the future, and if your business grows quickly then a freight forwarder without the ability to scale their operation up may not align with your logistics needs, so it is worth being aware of this at the beginning.
How can Pinnacle meet your needs?
As a long established Freight Forwarder (since 1972) and an SME, Pinnacle have built a successful business based on a personalised and high quality service. Our predominant markets are Transatlantic and Transpacific air and sea freight (import and export), domestic warehousing & eCommerce fulfilment in the USA and UK.
We remain competitive and provide a top quality service, through our long established network of partners and direct relationships with air lines and shipping lines. We continually invest in technology to drive efficiencies, visibility and to consistently develop the standard and enhancement of services we offer our customers.
Air freight – When you’re working to tight deadlines on time-limited projects, we are well equipped with extensive knowledge and years of air freight experience to help you get your air cargo to its final destination. Whatever the size, shape, or volume of your air cargo, we offer tailor-made solutions to suit any requirements:
- Export, Import, and Cross Trade
- Direct / Indirect Consolidation
- Temperature-controlled air cargo
- Security screening
- Air charter
We can provide air freight services to and from almost any destination in the world.
Sea freight – We can assist you with cost-effective sea freight shipping options for cargo of all kinds. Whether you need to ship LCL or FCL or you need our expert advice on how best to ship your cargo, we are on hand to make sure you find the perfect shipping solution. Our focus on delivering outstanding service means that you’ll be in the safest of hands.
- Export, Import & Cross Trade
- Loading, Lashing & Securing
- Temperature-controlled cargo
- Container CSC plating
- FCL & Consolidation
- Breakbulk & Charter
- PO Management
- Track & Trace
Warehousing, Fulfilment & Distribution Services – With Pinnacle’s warehouse facilities, we offer the full package from importing your goods from point of origin right through to delivery at your customer’s door. We understand how important and invaluable it is to have a fast, efficient, and accurate supply chain and have support for eCommerce businesses with our system integration technology. Our warehousing services are extensive and cover every single part of the process:
- IT integration (customer website, Magento, Amazon, eBay, plus many more)
- B2C customer service
- Same day dispatch
- Stock management service
- Secure on-site storage
Pick & Pack
- Customized fulfilment services
Reworking & Value Added Services
We also offer the following:
- Specialist Freight Solutions
Could Pinnacle be the right fit 3PL for your business? Contact Pinnacle today and speak to one of our Virginia Beach, VA based team of global logistics experts for information, pricing and advice for your unique requirements.
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