3PL delivers More Than Just a Transport solution
3PL or Third Party Logistics is a term which has thrown around freely in the transport sector over the last couple of decades, but not every transport company is a 3PL provider in the genuine sense.
The US Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals defines 3PL as:
Outsourcing all or much of a company's logistics operations to a specialised company....Preferably these services are integrated, or bundled together by the provider. Services they provide are transportation, warehousing, cross-docking, inventory management, packaging and freight forwarding.
Cochrane's has been providing companies with a full suite of these services for over 20 years, and can lay claim to South Australia's most integrated 3PL solutions. We have genuine and demonstrated experience covering:
- Order management and administrative processing
- Stock receipt and condition checking
- Warehousing and inventory control
- Order picking and packing
- Metro and regional distribution
- Reverse logistics and returns management
- Container deconsolidation and order makeup
The sectors we work with both in the past and present are broad, but include:
- Print media
- Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) & food products
- Retail Chains
- Marketing and Point of Sale (POS) materials
- Automotive products
Why Do Companies Choose Cochrane's as Their 3PL Provider?
For most companies, utilising a 3PL provider is driven by two key objectives:
- A need for genuine expertise across the services required, and
- A desire to reduce fixed costs and capital investment
The costs of leasing, staffing, managing and meeting compliance requirements of your own solution can often be significant and are generally fixed regardless of your turnover. Cochrane's works with clients to develop a largely variable cost base and a fully integrated solution, which allows our customers to focus upon what they do best - product development, marketing and sales.
Contact Us now to discuss your requirements and see how we can work with you to transform your South Australian logistics model.
With over 40 years experience, Cochrane's is the supply chain partner you can trust
Contact us now to see out how we can work together.
We have been utilising Cochrane's (formerly Northern Kope) to service all our Autobarn/Autopro stores in South Australia over the last 4 years and I'm delighted to say they are one of our best carriers. When we first started working with Automotive Brands we really struggled to find a carrier that could meet the high demands of servicing the SA stores day to day orders. We had stores that required deliveries prior to 9am and others that had tailgate requirements on a daily basis. Cochrane's were tremendous in assisting Fortigo to understand the needs that each store had. Out of all the states that we currently service for ABG, South Australia is by far the smoothest.
Finally, if any issues ever arise then Cochrane's work very hard to resolve them. Thank you for the outstanding service provided thus far, and we look forward to many more years of strong business relationships.
Managing Director - Fortigo Transport Management