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December 10, 2019

3pl Companies | Fulfillment Companies | FBA Prep & Ship Resources 2021

Best 3PL Logistics and Fulfillment Company Resource List

Updated Q1 2021 - 3PL Companies, FBA Prep & Ship Companies along with Fulfillment Companies seem to be popping up out of the grass lately.  Since COVID started, the influx of new online buyers has created a huge demand for additional shipping services. Amazon's restrictive storage policies only exacerbated that problem for sellers.   One thing is for certain, using the wrong fulfillment company can bury your company in as short as a few weeks.

What Are 3PL Fulfillment Companies?

3PL Companies or Third Party Logistic Companies provide a service that allows your operational logistics to be outsourced. Your supply chain logistics are outsourced and managed by others including warehousing, order processing, and delivery to customers. Depending on your needs, they can provide a number of services beyond the traditional distribution and delivery. This can be everything from dirt(raw material management), freight forwarding, all of the way through finished product warehousing, and ultimately final delivery to the end user. The biggest benefit is it enables you to focus on other parts of your business. 

FBA Prep & Ship Companies exist to assist you with the task of organizing, labeling and getting product into Amazon FBA.  These are the go-to companies to inspect, label, and send your bulk shipments out to their respective Amazon distribution centers. 

FBM Fulfillment Companies are perfect for order fulfillment for multi platform sellers.  They handle keeping Amazon stocked for you while also shipping to your buyers from other platforms.  A big disadvantage of using FBA for other platforms is Amazon makes you priority #999 during Q4.  Save your marketplace metrics on your other platforms by not allowing Amazon to make them 2nd class buyers. 

What Features Do You Need In A 3PL Company?

The features that you need in a third-party logistics company depend on the type of business that you are running. For eCommerce retailers, for example, it is important to find third party logistic companies that can ship products quickly and cheaply. For Amazon FBA sellers, it is important to find companies that have knowledge of the process for selling on Amazon, Walmart, and other marketplaces..

A company will need to meet certain criteria in order to be a good 3PL company. For eCommerce retailers, they need to have low rates for shipping services and strong customer service. They should also offer quick turnaround times on items ordered. For Amazon FBA sellers, they need to have experience with the process of selling on Amazon and provide timely updates about when your items will be shipped.

Top 3PL Logistics Companies For 2021 & 2022

Company Name

City, State

Fulfillment

Prep & Ship

Returns

Freight

Storage

OA/RA

NY, NJ / LA, California

X

X





CA

X

X


X


X

NT

X

X


X



CA

X

X


X

X

X

Dallas Texas

X

X

X

X

X

X Limited

UK

X

X


X


X

Accurate Freight System 

NJ 347.203.2873

X



X - Trucking

X


Add Distribution 

(562) 699-8608

X



X - Trucking



Valencia Ca


X



X


Long Island City, NY


X





NY NJ

X

X

X




Southern California

X



X

X


Greenwood, WI


X




X

Choice Plus 

732-534-4800


X



X


Austin, TX


X




X

Yorba Linda, CA, WI


X




X

New Jersey


X




OA

Rockland, M


X




X

San Diego, CA


X





Sant Ana, California


X




OA

Portland, IN.


X




X

Fort Bragg, CA


X




OA

Las Vegas, NV


X





China


X





Minneapolis, MN


X





Central Ohio

X

X

X


X

X

UK/US


X





Harrisburg, OR


X





Poland


X





Birmingham, UK


X





New York


X






X



X

X


 Chicago, IL.


X





Good To Go Packaging  

NYC 3477969522


X





Buena Park, CA


X





New Jersey


X





Shenzhen China


X


X

X


Bridgeport, CT

X

X


X

X


 Multiple Locations

X

X


X

X

X

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Company Name

City, State

Fulfillment

Prep & Ship

Returns

Freight

Storage

Hillsboro, Oregon


X




Dresden, TN


X




Montreal Canada


X



X

Monroe

X- FBM Prime

X


X

X

Packit Canada  

Montreal 18552735768

X

X

X


X

Phoenix, AZ


X




Oceanside, CA


X




Holly Sota, CA


X




Salem, NH


X




Houston, TX


X




Nationwide

X

X

X

X

X

Los Angeles, CA


X




Ruby Has Fulfillment 

NV 347.324.1352

X





Roundup, MT


X




Ship Xpress 

NYC 347.666.2238

X

X




Farmingdale NJ

X





Special Assets 

Chicago 312.617.1486


X




New Jersey


X




Montana

X

X




Tc Logistics Prep & Fulfillment

Bristol PA

X

X



X

Grand Prairie, TX


X




Somerville, NJ


X




NY

X

X

X



Idaho

X

X


X

X

Deerfield Beach, FL

X

X




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Primary Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A 3PL Fulfillment Company

Using a 3pl company is not perfect for every seller.  It comes down to your goals and objectives plus the cost vs savings.  Listed below are some of the pros and cons of using a 3pl.

What Are The Advantages of Using A 3pl Logistics Company?

  • Scalability - A 3pl provides warehousing space, order processing and organization.  They have much more experience than the average seller.  This gives a seller an easier path towards growth.  They have the space and infrastructure in place to accommodate unexpected growth and inventory requirements.
  • Time and Cost Savings - A 3pl eliminates the expense of owning your own warehouse and all of the associated systems, labor and overhead involved.   Many times they also have negotiated much lower shipping rates than you can get on your own.
  • Expansion - A 3pl's main function is optimizing your logistics.  Expanding into new regions, and territories becomes much easier because 3pl's will have pre-existing networks and transportation systems in place. 

What Are The Disadvantages Of Using A 3pl Logistics Company?

  • Loss Of Control - Using a 3pl removes your ability to have any control over delivery of the product.  Marketplaces have very strict requirements for delivery times and reporting.  You must be sure that you are working with a reputable 3pl and they have experience with and understand all of the requirements necessary to maintain the required KPI's.
  • Cost - While there are usually significant cost savings, sometimes they are not enough to make using a 3pl effective.  For example, if you only sell on Amazon and your inventory limits allow you to maintain the proper stocks to not run out.  It may be smarter to only utilize FBA.
  • Specific Expertise - Many products require specific methods of handling, refrigeration, controlled climates, hazmat handling.  You must make sure that any 3pl that you choose can meet the requirements of your products and that they already have the systems and experience to do so accurately.

How Do You Choose The 3pl Logistics Company That Will Be The Best For Your Business?

Choosing the 3PL logistics company that will be best for your logistics and operations team is a difficult decision. There are many variables to consider, such as cost savings on fuel, inventory management software, and other services. In general, the best 3PL partner for an eCommerce company is one that can provide a full range of transportation, warehousing and distribution services at a competitive price while being flexible and responsive to your needs.

It is not as easy as it sounds, but with the right company, you can really save some time and money!

What Questions Should I Ask 3PL Companies, FBA Prep & Ship, & Fulfillment Companies?

Listed below are a simple of the things that you will want to ask any company that you are considering in order to get a full picture of exactly what to expect and what as well as what is expected of you.  These questions come from years of experience and will give you a pretty clear picture!

  • Is there a sign-up or joining fee? Get a written list of all potential fees and charges including storage fees so you can compare apples to apples.
  • Are supplies such as poly bags, bubble wrap and shipping boxes additional?
  • Besides Amazon, will they supply your other major selling centers?
  • What is their average turn time from receipt to shipping?
  • Will they hold an order for you if needed?
  • Is there a minimum or maximum number of units for each shipment?
  • Where are your locations?
  • If you live near a prep center, will they accept your retail arbitrage purchases?
  • How close are your locations in respect to major ports?
  • Who do you use for shipping and freight? 
  • What is the procedure if the prep center receives damaged inventory?
  • What type of guarantee or warranties do you offer?  How are mistakes handled?
  • What type of insurance coverage will my products be covered by?
  • Are the facilities climate controlled?
  • What are the local taxes and how do they apply?
  • How long are the term lengths of your contracts?
  • What type of integration do you offer? What type of support is offered?
  • Are your systems backed up daily?
  • What is your billing cycle?
  • Do you have references that I can speak with?

2021 Update - In the past, a requirement for being on this list was the referral had to come from a client. With last years' update, we added several international companies and others that we were unfamiliar with but were recommended to us by sellers. If you are familiar with any companies not on this list, please put them in contact with us or send them the link to this page so they can comment below and get themselves added.

Supporting each other's decisions is how we all get ahead in life. A personal recommendation goes a long way towards building trust, and like any business, these companies require your support to survive.

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About the author 

Joe

Joe Reichsfeld is an Ecommerce Consultant with experience going back before 2000. Specializing in listing optimization and marketplace expansion, Joe currently assists clients with over 3.5 million sku's.

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