Critical WMS Features for Third Party Logistics (3PL) Providers
Ability to deal with the complexities of “many to many”
Because third party logistics providers (3PLs) manage inventories for multiple customers at multiple warehouse facilities often at multiple locations with multiple users, the warehouse management system must be able to handle this level of complexity. Each 3PL client is unique, with specific billing criteria, contracts, business processes and requirements making operations extremely complicated. It is critical to select a flexible software that can adapt to the needs of your business and customers, not require conformity to the software.
Multiple ownership of the same item type occurs frequently and must be supported by the WMS software. Billing for each 3PL customer, based upon their own contracts and specifications adds an extra layer of complexity. In addition, each customer handles the payment of 3PL services in their own way and on a different schedule.