We can help you choose which warehouse supplier to outsource your 3PL services to. It's not all about saving money. But it helps make the choice.
Outsourcing your 3PL services can be a game-changing decision for your business. It can help you streamline your supply chain, reduce operational costs, and improve your overall efficiency. However, choosing the right warehouse for your outsourcing needs is a critical decision that requires careful consideration.
Let's talk. We can discuss some factors that you should consider when choosing a warehouse for outsourcing your 3PL services. Ultimately we are biased. CBF all the way. But one size doesn't fit all and we work well with fast-moving small and light items.
Location is a factor to consider when choosing a warehouse for outsourcing your 3PL services. The warehouse should be strategically located near your customers and suppliers to reduce transportation costs and delivery times. You should also consider the accessibility of the warehouse and the quality of transportation infrastructure in the area. Some 3PL fulfilment service providers do not have the ability to receive containers and articulated lorries like us. The couriers and Royal Mail need Goods-in and Goods-out areas to aid the movement of goods flowing for our clients. Being located 5 minutes from a motorway junction is not a key factor for most but as long as you are situated on courier and Royal Mail routes your 3PL provider should be able to offer the services you need.
The infrastructure of the warehouse is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a warehouse for outsourcing your 3PL services. The warehouse should have modern equipment, I.T. technology, and storage solutions that can meet your specific needs. You should also consider the capacity and scalability of the warehouse, as well as its security measures, such as intruder and fire alarm systems, accessed controlled areas and surveillance cameras. We are looking after your asset. We need to be secure and earn your confidence in leaving your items in our capable hands.
The reputation of the warehouse is another critical factor to consider when choosing a warehouse for outsourcing your 3PL services. You should research the warehouse's track record and reputation to ensure that they have a history of delivering high-quality services to their clients. You can also ask for references from the warehouse and speak to their existing clients to get a better understanding of their services. We ask our customers to contact current clients and as part of our introduction, we encourage fact-checking about the CBF Group so that all clients are comfortable dealing with us. Our reputation is business critical to us. We are all after 5-star reviews and we learn from some sadly unavoidable experiences. But transparency is key, The door is open.
The expertise of the warehouse is another crucial factor to consider when choosing a warehouse for outsourcing your 3PL services. You should ensure that the warehouse has experience in handling products similar to yours and has the necessary certifications to operate in your industry. You can also ask the warehouse about their staff's expertise and training programs to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills required to handle your products. We like training at CBF. Our Warehouse staff are all trained on your products as if they were their own. We need them to know your stock as well as you do to spot issues before they get to the end user.
Cost is always a significant consideration when choosing a warehouse for outsourcing your 3PL services. You should consider the warehouse's pricing structure and compare it to other warehouses to ensure that you are getting a fair deal. However, you should not compromise on quality for the sake of cost savings. You should ensure that the warehouse can provide stable processes, modular workflows and can save you money on shipping and processing costs compared to your current provider. Overheads change all 3PL business models. While some will offer pallet storage rates, we lean towards the fairer volumetric daily rate, so you are never paying for space you are not using. Talk to us if you're looking to meet a price point, honesty is the best policy and we always try to make things work.
In conclusion, outsourcing your 3PL services to CBF can be a great way to improve your business's efficiency and reduce operational costs. However, choosing the right warehouse for your outsourcing needs requires careful consideration of factors such as location, infrastructure, reputation, expertise, and cost. By taking these factors into account, you can find the right warehouse partner to help you achieve your business goals. Let's hope it's CBF fulfilment. Without your success, we have none. Let's work together to grow and be profitable.
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Testimonial: alya skin. - Cosmetics & Beauty
"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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Testimonial: Lola + Blake - Clothing & Accessories
"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."
Lola + Blake
Testimonial: Bodyhero - Health and Fitness
"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."
Testimonial: Hyde & Hare - Luxury Cowhide Accessories
"CBF has been brilliant from start to finish in managing our fulfilment and distribution. What stands out is their ability to take initiative when processing orders and their support has been fundamental to our growth."
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Testimonial: Dodo Pad - Books & Publication
"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."
Testimonial: Lateral Line / Artemi Rum - Spirits Alcohol
"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."
Testimonial: iNKSHIP. - Posters & Prints
"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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