The Fundamentals of 3PL Warehousing: Managing Multpile Customers’ Goods Effectively and Profitably

As with any warehouse operation, the fundamental functions of a third-party logistics (3PL) operation are the receipt, storage and shipment of goods. In 3PL public or private warehousing, however, there is an immediate divergence of mission. Conventional warehouses normally handle the flow of goods for a single client, while the 3PL operator may be responsible for the inventory of multiple clients. To further complicate the process, each client usually has their own set of handling preferences, receipt and delivery schedules, storage mandates, reporting and accountability needs and so on.

This white paper provides a review of the fundamental requirements of public and private warehousing in functional areas such as: inventory allocation, shipping, receiving, cycle counting, space optimization, directed putaway, appointment management, documents, reporting and EDI.

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