Is it important to have a 3PL warehouse near me?

In the current online retail market, using a Third Party Logistics (3PL) warehouse like CBF Fulfilment can be the difference between success and failure. The right 3PL warehouse can provide businesses with the necessary inventory space, transportation and storage needs while meeting customer deadlines. With the right 3PL warehouse, businesses can save time and money while providing customers with faster, more efficient shipping services.

What are the Pros and cons?

Advantages of having a 3PL Warehouse near you

The primary benefit of having a 3PL warehouse like us at CBF Fulfilment near you is the enhanced customer service that comes with it. Locating the warehouse near your customers allows for faster shipping and delivery options. This is because a 3PL warehouse close by offers shorter delivery routes, which can reduce overall transit times significantly.

Additionally, a local warehouse allows for better inventory control. You can easily manage inventory by stocking and fulfilling orders without any interruption since goods don’t have to be shipped over long distances. This decreases the need for excess inventory and reduces the risk of having goods sitting in storage for too long. In addition, it is easier to find quality 3PL warehouse in the same area, which can save time searching for potential 3PL partners.

Finally, local 3PL warehouses can also help with cost savings. By eliminating shipment costs and having goods closer to customers, businesses can reduce shipping costs.

The debate around 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) warehouses is one that has been ongoing since the introduction of this type of warehouse into the logistics industry. With the proliferation of globalization, these warehouses have become increasingly important as they provide a cost-effective means of moving goods around the world. Organizations that rely on 3PL warehouses like ours at CBF, often benefit from the economies of scale that can be achieved by taking advantage of the relatively cheaper services including packaging purchasing power, transportation costs and even labour efficiencies that these warehouses offer from established infrastructure. However, the decision of whether it is important to have a 3PL warehouse nearby often comes with some considerations that should be taken into account.

One of the first considerations concerning 3PL warehouses is that of convenience. Transport companies that rely on these warehouses for the storage of their goods may discover that it is more cost-effective to store their goods within the proximity of their customers rather than having to invest in costly storage and transport farther away. This is especially true in instances where resources are limited and require a quick turnaround time for order fulfilment. By having a 3PL warehouse close by, transport companies are able to benefit from faster deliveries and greater convenience of having their goods close by.

However, one major drawback of having a 3PL warehouse close by is cost. This is due to the fact that due to economies of scale, it is often more cost-effective to store goods further away from the customer, especially if that customer is based overseas. This is because by storing goods further away, transport companies are able to benefit from the lower overheads that come with using the 3PL warehouse and the cost savings can be passed down to the customer. In addition to the cost considerations, there may be certain regulations and laws in place that limit the ability of transport companies to operate an overseas 3PL warehouse, and this should also be taken into account when making the decision.

Gloucester has always been our home and we are proud to employ local staff that work with clients from all over the globe. They choose to work with us because of our South West location and access to good transport links but they also come to us because we are not in the most expensive commercial property and labour market.

Overall, the decision on whether it is important to have a 3PL warehouse nearby ultimately depends on the unique needs of the transport company and its customers. While proximity may be beneficial in some instances due to the convenience of faster deliveries, the cost may be the deciding factor when it comes to deciding which 3PL to use, especially when customers are located overseas. Therefore, it is important for transport companies to carefully weigh the pros and cons of their options and make an informed decision when selecting their 3PL warehouse.  Let's work together to manage all costs and to make us all profitable and scalable. Remember without your success, we have none.


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We are the chosen Distribution Centre, 3PL Logistics and Ecommerce Fulfilment Service Partner for hundreds of clients.  We specialise in fast-moving items from Small and Light to Two-Man lift products.

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"We assigned CBF Fulfilment as our third party logistics company for UK orders 2 years ago.

They have been nothing short of amazing to work with, they are extremely quick to despatch orders and have a team that are always so willing to help when needed.

As an ecommerce business owner that has worked with multiple 3PL companies and can safely say that CBF Fulfilment has been the best we have ever worked with in all the years."


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"We run Climbingvan, a resource for helping people with self-build van conversions. Last year we wrote our book, The Van Conversion Bible, which explains exactly how to convert a campervan.
As we live full-time in our own van and work remotely from the road, it's not possible for us to manage our own fulfilment. CBF help us to get our book into the hands of our customers all across the country, as well as fulfilling our wholesale orders to larger suppliers. We appreciate their flexibility and the bespoke service they are able to offer us. The world of ecommerce was new to us, and the team at CBF have been really helpful in making everything possible for us, and are always friendly and quick to respond."


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"I’ve been really pleased with the service I have received from CBF. Each business is unique, and mine certainly has a lot of personalisation options and additions that customers request. CBF worked to implement these and find solutions to ensure that my brand remained as personal as when I individually wrapped and sent each order myself from my dining room table! Recent reviews from customers have remained positive with special mentions to the quality of the luxury gift wrap and the nice touch of personal notes."


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"CBF have been great in facilitating all aspects of our direct to consumer and business to business order fulfilment as our chosen 3PL company.

The team are always really helpful and resolve any questions or issues in a timely fashion."


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"Moving to CBF has enabled us to improve our service to our own eCommerce customers – next day delivery and orders always despatched on time with full tracking – as well as navigate increasingly complex international shipping.
We are a small business with a peak at Christmas. CBF has given us the flexibility we needed, which was not possible when we were managing fulfilment in house."


Mafalda McCarthy
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"CBF has enabled us to establish our E-commerce platform initially through sales through Amazon. The service was very easy to set up, streamlined and efficient. Whenever any queries arise, they are very quickly dealt with by the CBF staff. We are very pleased to be working with CBF."


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"CBF have handled my orders for almost five years now, which single-handedly allowed me to grow from a bedroom business to a scale I could never have handled myself. I’m really grateful to the hard-working warehouse team who always fulfil my orders to a very high standard, and never seem to miss a beat."


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