Third-Party Logistics in Retail Business

Jun 14, 2022 | 3PL

The retail industry has experienced substantial growth due to increased consumer reliance on e-commerce in the past few years. With this increase, third-party logistics (3PL) in the retail business are becoming even more critical. The consumer market has progressively expected faster service in everything they do. Your business’ 3PL may have been very effective a few years ago, but today they may not be the most beneficial solution. 

To keep up with this ever-changing climate, we must prioritize finding effective and efficient logistics processes. With the substantial growth of the retail industry over the past few years, it’s time to reevaluate and revamp your logistics strategy. 

What Is Most Important for Logistics in Retail Business?

Logistics make an order show up at the consumer’s doorstep, a retail storefront, quite simply, the destination — a pretty important step. Many moving parts go into the transportation process, including inventory management and warehousing. Below we will explore five different transpiration services.

Types of Retail Transportation 

Retail transportation services enable companies to create a transportation plan that caters to their retail logistic needs. Some retail transportation services to consider to ensure your retail logistics plan is as efficient as needed in this fast-paced industry include:

  • Pool Distribution
  • FTL Freight Transportation 
  • LTL Freight Transportation
  • Courier Services
  • Last-Mile Delivery

Each of these services isn’t always necessary for every retail business, but they each offer their own benefits when revamping your logistics in the retail industry. 

Benefits of Pool Distribution 

Retail pool distribution lets you ship a large amount of freight in one truckload to a shared pool area in a specific region. Upon delivery, the shipment is sorted into short-haul local delivery trucks for different destinations within the same region. 

  • Saves delivery time and shipping costs
  • Transports more freight in less time
  • More environmentally friendly

Service Express offers extra benefits with their pool distribution services, including:

  • Secured freight
  • Optimized routes 
  • Direct-to-store options 
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Benefits of FTL Freight Transportation 

Full truckload services are excellent for large shipments and come with many benefits since your freight will fill up the entire truck.

  • Exclusivity of an entire truck
  • Less risk with fewer touchpoints
  • Direct transportation 

Service Express offers eight regional FTL services, including:

  • Pickup and delivery 
  • Expedited delivery 
  • Local shipments
  • Regional shipments 
  • Same day trucking 
  • Dedicated fleet services 
  • Specialized services and trucks 
  • Over-the-Road shipments 

Benefits of LTL Freight Transportation 

Less than truckload services help you save time and money by consolidating your freight with other freight going to the same area. 

  • More cost effective
  • Utilizes all the space in the truck by sharing space with other companies
  • Saves money for small shipments

With TSA certified driver, Service Express offers superior LTL freight transportation:

  • Secured terminals 
  • Flexible Inbound and outbound scheduling 
  • 26′ and 53′ liftgate delivery
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Benefits of Courier Services

Courier services are a great form of transportation for last-minute or time-sensitive deliveries. These services frequent residential areas and provide secure ways for consumers to pay for their products at their doorstep. 

  • Track freight 
  • Faster delivery
  • Secure payment

Service Express offers varying types of courier services and delivery vehicles. We pride ourselves on our accurate and reliable tracking system that offers real-time tracking data. Most of Service Express provides more benefits, including: 

  • An extensive network of carriers
  • Fully insured drivers 
  • Our team manages your shipments
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Benefits of Last-Mile Delivery

Last-mile delivery ensures that your transport of products is successful, indicating that your products arrived on time, in good condition, and at the correct location. Whether that’s a retail store or a consumer’s home, ensuring that you have constant tracking on all your products is imperative. 

  • Up-to-date order status information
  • Real-time notifications 
  • Route optimization

Service Express offers residential last-mile delivery and six B2B services, including a specific retail service. Benefits of working with Service Express include:

  • Adaptability and agility
  • Secured vehicles and buildings 
  • Integrity
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Ensuring Retail Logistics Success

At Service Express, we prioritize customer relationships built through satisfaction and integrity in our work. Contact us or explore our website to learn more about what we offer.