3PL or Third Party Logistics is a term which has thrown around freely in the transport sector over the last couple of decades, but not every transport company is a 3PL provider in the genuine sense.
The US Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals defines 3PL as:
Outsourcing all or much of a company's logistics operations to a specialised company....Preferably these services are integrated, or bundled together by the provider. Services they provide are transportation, warehousing, cross-docking, inventory management, packaging and freight forwarding.
Cochrane's has been providing companies with a full suite of these services for over 20 years, and can lay claim to South Australia's most integrated 3PL solutions. We have genuine and demonstrated experience covering:
- Order management and administrative processing
- Stock receipt and condition checking
- Warehousing and inventory control
- Order picking and packing
- Metro and regional distribution
- Reverse logistics and returns management
- Container deconsolidation and order makeup
The sectors we work with both in the past and present are broad, but include:
- Print media
- Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) & food products
- Retail Chains
- Marketing and Point of Sale (POS) materials
- Automotive products
Why Do Companies Choose Cochrane's as Their 3PL Provider?
For most companies, utilising a 3PL provider is driven by two key objectives:
- A need for genuine expertise across the services required, and
- A desire to reduce fixed costs and capital investment
The costs of leasing, staffing, managing and meeting compliance requirements of your own solution can often be significant and are generally fixed regardless of your turnover. Cochrane's works with clients to develop a largely variable cost base and a fully integrated solution, which allows our customers to focus upon what they do best - product development, marketing and sales.
Contact Us now to discuss your requirements and see how we can work with you to transform your South Australian logistics model.
With over 45 years experience , Cochrane's Transport is the supply chain partner you can trust.
Contact us now to see out how we can work together.
We have utilised the services of Cochrane's since 2011. Cochrane's are our sole freight provider under contract for our twenty South Australian retail stores. Deliveries ex our Melbourne DC to our South Australian stores are seamless week in, week out.
Godfrey's chose Cochrane's over other carriers based on reputation and quality of service. In the four years that we have partnered with Cochrane's they have never let us down.
National Distribution Manager - Godfreys/ICSG