July 8, 2016 Shipping Methods

How to Choose the Right 3PL Carrier For Your Needs

While it may seem counterintuitive, outsourcing your logistics to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) can save you significant amounts of money. Thanks to their network of relationships, insider expertise, and ability to haggle for volume discounts, a 3PL can make your supply chain logistics much easier to manage while saving you money. However, as with any business decision, you’ll need to choose the right 3PL who has what it takes to meet your needs and ensure that your shipping logistics go smoothly, every single time. In this week’s blog, learn more about the most important qualities to look out for in a 3PL.


Working with the right 3PL will save you time, money, and headaches.

How to Choose the Right 3PL Carrier

Proven track record

When it comes to choosing a 3PL, their track record will tell you far more than you’ll ever learn in a sales meetings. That’s why you should always find out about their reputation before making your final decision. Do they have multiple long-term customers? Are they known for being an industry leader? Do they have a reputation for staying ahead-of-the-curve by implementing state-of-the-art technology? At AFP Global Logistics, we have over 25 years of experience under our belts and a well-established track record of success.

Industry recommendations

You should always feel comfortable asking a 3PL for industry recommendations and if they hesitate to provide you with any, this is a major red flag and you should look for another provider. If a 3PL does give you the recommendations you ask for, be sure to pay attention to what previous clients say about their ability to reliably meet deadlines, provide flexible solutions, and offer built-in safety and security measures. If recommendations are anything less than stellar, continue looking for a better fit.


While there are many benefits that come with outsourcing your logistics to a 3PL, cost is often the driving factor. Any trustworthy 3PL will be able to provide hard data that will show the specific ways in which they will help your company save money. If a company balks at showing you proof of the cost-benefits of their services then they are not worth your time.


AFP Global Logistics

If you need to choose the right 3PL logistics handling experience, AFP Global Logistics can handle any and all of your needs! We provide a full range of shipping services, and our 25 years in the business have given us the tools we need to tailor our logistic solutions to each and every individual customer. For more information or to start designing your own logistic solutions today, get in touch with AFP at 410.590.1234 (toll-free 800.274.1237), email us at info@afplus.com, or fill out our quick and easy contact form here!

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