As customers look to outsource more of the logistics side of their businesses, more opportunities are opening up for 3PL providers to offer additional services to support customers with supply chain planning.
The September 2022 CCLI whitepaper found more than one-in-ten providers were currently offering insights and analytics to their customers to support them with future planning for demand and supply chain.
Some respondents said their cloud software automated the data to provide to their clients, others ran powerful logistics reporting tools to collate and analyze data once a month, or employed customer success managers, who communicated internal data to customers.
“We have full transparency with all of our customers and allow them access to our system via customer portals.” - Respondent, Business Owner, Warehouse & Transport Operations.
“Most definitely, stock inventory and movements are important to the customer and the more attention to detail and transparency you can provide build trust and relationships.” - Respondent, Operations, Warehouse.
The report shows an evolution in what it looks like to be a third-party logistics provider, as logistics companies like this are exploring new and innovative services they can offer to customers, to increase revenue with increased billable services, to attract and retain new customers, and to ensure the success of their customer’s growth.
While providing increased visibility, order tracking, and integrations to customers was the most popular service currently offered to customers to help navigate logistics options, over a third of respondents later said they didn’t feel their company had the means to capture and track this data.
The report showed many companies were looking to invest in technology in the coming six months, to create more efficient operations and provide greater customer service.
Investing in digital solutions benefits both the company and the customer. Integrations for tracking and order updates provide greater transparency to customers and can also remove manual data entry workload from the provider — by automating data management and sending updates as certain order or delivery milestones are met. This provides transparency for customers, to see where their orders and inventory are at any given time, without the need for a phone call or manual data reporting.
To optimize operations, 19% of respondents said they would be investing in fleet and warehouse technology upgrades in the coming six months, with a further 17% prioritizing removing paper-based processes, 15% looking to implement barcode scanning, and 14% introducing automated workflow optimization.
Integrated WMS and TMS software provider CartonCloud lets you provide full transparency to customers by providing an online portal with up-to-date reporting, automatically generated by cloud-based software — so you don’t have to lift a finger.
The software company has designed its end-to-end warehouse and transport management software alongside industry members, to create a solution designed for small-medium sized logistics providers, allowing them to compete with larger players in the industry. With out-of-the-box software integrations ready to go, automated invoicing, and automatically calculated rate cards — the software does the heavy lifting of transport and warehouse management, allowing companies to focus on growth.
Seamlessly merging industry insights with technology developments, CartonCloud’s team draws from their experience in the logistics industry to provide intuitive solutions designed directly to help smaller operators overcome daily issues, and grow with ease.
The CartonCloud Logistics Q3 Index (CCLI), gathered feedback and insights from over 80 members of the logistics industry to assess how industry changes were impacting businesses. The September 2022 CCLI Whitepaper will be available for free to all members of the logistics industry, alongside previous reports, on the CartonCloud Logistics Index Archive. https://www.cartoncloud.com/cartoncloud-logistics-index-archivehttps://www.cartoncloud.com/cartoncloud-logistics-index-archive