26 Mar Outsourced Logistics during COVID-19
COVID-19 and Outsourced Logistics
The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has manufacturers, distributors, and carriers wondering and worrying about what is coming next. Shutdowns, cancellations, and layoffs have folks scared and scrambling. We know you’re worried about your families, your products, your supply chain, and the well-being of the folks you work with and live among. We’re here to help. Logistics is complicated enough when things are good, but right now you have more than enough on your plate. A good 3PL with expertise in a wide-variety of outsourced logistics services could really alleviate some of the upheaval you are experiencing.
You have a lot to think about these days, and even more to do. But there are some significant reasons it might be the best time for you to turn to a 3PL who can help you with outsourced logistics.
3 Benefits of Outsourced Logistics
There are tons of great reasons to outsource logistics on the best day, and those reasons are amplified during difficult times. 3PL partners like AM Transport Services are uniquely positioned to navigate the disruption.
- Experience: We cannot stress enough how important experience is. 3rd party logistics providers with over 20 years experience (or 30 which is how many years we have been in business) have navigated through a myriad of changes over time. Working with manufacturers of different sizes and different needs, gives these 3PLs an edge over new digital competitors with little experience. Experience and longevity means you are working with teams comprised of career professionals who are cross trained in all aspects of the transportation business.
- Customer Service: Never is customer service more important than during times of disruption. Here at AM Transport Services, we answer our own phones. We understand that communication provides customers and carriers with hard-to-attain peace of mind. Now, more than ever, you do not have time to wait on hold or punch buttons as you make your way up a phone tree. In addition, COVID-19 is changing the way everyone does business. You can’t afford the liabilities you might incur if you’re not working with a 3PL up-to-date on all new regulations.
- Technology: A transportation management system (TMS) is a must. And still many companies do not have the time or the resources to invest in or implement a good TMS. 3PLs, like AM Transport, are at the forefront of transportation technology and have been for 30 years. In fact, we implemented a TMS long before many of our competitors, and when we realized the necessity and benefits of moving to a cloud-based system, we were a first adopter. That means we can work from home (or wherever we land) whenever it’s necessary. We do not and will not miss a beat. Our customers can rest assured that we’re on it, 24/7/365 days a year.
Consider Outsourced Logistics Services
Whether you work with AM Transport Services or not (and we don’t mind saying we believe we are the best choice for manufacturers and distributors who need reliability, technology, customer service, and access to capacity), now is the time for you to consider outsourcing some or all of your logistics services with a 3PL who has your best interests at heart.
If you have questions about outsourced logistics, or how we can help you during this time, please give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.