Supply chain transparency has historically referred to the ability to track production flow, inventory, and shipments. While that still holds true, transparency is critical to ensuring a sustainable partnership between the shipper and 3PL. Clear communication, the establishment of specific performance metrics, and a thorough understanding of how services can be scaled or modified to meet changing demands are all part of the discussion.

Fostering a culture of trust and mutual respect is key to building a sustainable partnership in any business. This means being transparent, keeping promises, and being willing to work together to find solutions when issues arise.

Partners, especially 3PLs, must strive continuously to improve their processes, innovate where possible, and look for ways to improve efficiency and drive down costs. It’s as much a part of the 3PL DNA as scalability and flexibility.

Projecting Growth? Start with Scalability.

The very nature of a sustainable partnership requires a long-term perspective, which typically brings scalability as a core value. So make sure you address these points.

  1. Capacity: The ability to scale volume without impacting the quality of service.
  2. Flexibility: Adapt to changes in demand and scale their services accordingly.
  3. Technology: Use technology to automate and streamline processes, making it easier to scale operations.
  4. Collaboration: Work with other logistics providers to increase capacity and flexibility.
  5. Resources: Have the assets available to serve increased volume, such as warehouses and vehicles.

All these require planning for future growth, scalability, and potential changes in the business environment. Overall, a successful partnership with a 3PL requires a mutual understanding of each other’s needs and a commitment to working together to achieve shared goals.

Partner with a Flexible “Competitor”

Your provider should have a competitive mindset, driven to offer the best possible service and pricing, which can help to drive down costs and improve efficiency. Additionally, a competitive 3PL provider may be more motivated to invest in new technologies, processes, and equipment to stay ahead of their competition, which can also help to improve performance.

It’s important to note that the concept of “competitive” must be viewed in context to your needs. You don’t need a competitive steamship if you never ship overseas. When the partnership is right, a competitive 3PL provider can help to drive down costs and improve efficiency. 

Can Your 3PL Remain Efficient when Scaling

Remaining efficient during periods of rapid growth requires careful planning, efficient systems, strong leadership, effective communication and transparency, and the ability to adapt and evolve to meet the organization’s changing needs.

One of the key challenges of rapid growth is managing the increased complexity that comes with it. This can include scaling up operations, managing a larger workforce, and dealing with a wider range of stakeholders. To address 

these challenges, organizations may need to implement new systems, processes, and structures to support the increased scale of operation.

That’s the value of Wavepoint Wavepoint is an optimal partner when you can’t afford to lose efficiency during the go-times…and you don’t want to pay for capacity you’re not using during the not-so-go-times. Wavepoint combines the benefits of both non-asset logistics and traditional 3PLs. During periods of high demand, we can quickly scale up operations by utilizing our network’s resources and assets’ resources and capabilities. Moreover, we offer a more flexible and customizable approach to logistics, which we believe offers you great value.