Finding a Third Party Logistics Company (3PL) for Amazon Fulfillment

Episode 38

In this episode, we will be discussing how to find a third-party logistics company (3PL) for Amazon fulfillment. In our current situation, where eCommerce business has increased significantly, the need for a better, cheaper, and more efficient order fulfillment service has also arisen. Many e-commerce owners are planning to add another warehouse where they can add another sales channel to reach more customers and add a little bit more diversity.

Let’s dive right in and gain some information about third-party logistics company (3PL) and how to find the one for our company

[00:01 – 12:00] The significance of finding the right 3PL 

  • Opening Segment
  • We give some background on why we want a 3PL
  • What is 3PL and why is it important for eCommerce business owners
  • The downside of Amazon Fulfilment
    • The significant increase of storage fees in Q4
  • Two days shipping and the size of the warehouse
  • We talk about the significance of shipping zones in 3PL companies
  • Steps on how we crowdsource the 3PL recommendation  list
    • Post questions on 3 related Facebook Groups
    • Emailing all of our connections and colleagues for any recommendation

[12:01 – 24:00] Questions to ask the 3PL company

  • How is the order being processed
  • What costs are involved
  • Total packages
  • What are my total fulfillment fees for products that stay for months
  • Numbers of the fulfillment centers
  • How quickly can they ship the orders
  • How will the order be packed
  • Large order volumes
  • Shipping discounts
  • How long does it take to receive and process products
  • Can they handle international shipping

[24:01 – 29:37] Finding the Best 3PL for Your Products

  • Finding the best 3PL will depends on what kind of product you sell
    • Do your own due diligence, because what is best for other companies might not be the best for yours
  • Transparency on pricing is not on most of these companies website
  • We talk about the crowdsource of 3PL prospect funnel lists
    • See below for links mentioned
  • Find the downloadable pdf of questions and templates at  firingtheman.com/3plchecklist
  • Final words

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