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Ship It Good: Tips For Finding Small Business Shipping Services

One of the hardest parts of starting my manufacturing business was finding the sources to ship products out. I spent a lot of time researching packaging, shipping companies, and rates. It took a lot of time to get everything sorted out and get price quotes that were accurate, relevant, and comprehensive. I decided to detail the path I followed and the information I learned in this blog. My hope is that I can help other entrepreneurs to learn how best to source their shipping services. Before you waste weeks researching about your shipping needs, look at some of the posts here for more information.

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What A Logistics Company Can Do For Your Business

When you have a business that is product related you need to be able to get the product to customers. This involves much more than just having a small store to sell your wares. This is where logistics come into play. While you may have a great team of employees who can handle things, there is more than just putting things on the shelves in the store to keep your business flowing. You may want to consider going with a third-party logistics company to make sure your company stays in business. Here are just a few things they will handle for you.

Warehouse

You are going to need a space to store your products. You may have enough space in a back room of your shop if you do not have a lot of different things to sell. Of course, if you are manufacturing the products yourself, you will also need space for all the materials you need and then a place to keep the finished products.

A logistics company will provide the right amount of storage space and can even move things to a larger place if your business grows and you need more space. This will save you from having to rent the space and maintain it yourself. The logistics company will organize and move things about inside as needed. You won't need to have people running to a storage facility or buying a forklift to move things around.

Paperwork

Keeping track of the materials used for production and how much product inventory you have is no small feat. If anything is off, you may end up not having a simple piece needed to make a product that is running low on your shelves. Logistic companies have the people and software to ensure that you never run out of anything and yet you do not have too much money invested in stuff sitting in a warehouse. This keeps you with a strong, fluid cash flow, so you do not have to worry about a bill that is due.

Delivery

If your products are sold in multiple locations, you will need to be able to get them to where they need to be. This will require at least one delivery truck, a driver, and its maintenance. All of this can be a big headache. A logistics company will handle this all for you and send you the paperwork to keep you informed of what is where at all time.

Don't stress trying to keep up with inventory, storage, and deliveries. Logistics companies can handle all this for you in a professional manner so you can worry about making and/or selling the best products possible.