When it comes to logistics services, there is no one-size-fits-all. Small-to-mid sized businesses (SMB) may find the search for a good match to be challenging because there are literally hundreds of thousands of companies that are classified as logistics providers. Services range from strictly the transportation of goods from point A to point B to fully integrated operations, including inventory management, warehousing, and final distribution of your product to the individual consumer (B2C).
To top it off, industry publications often focus on large, global logistics providers that most likely won’t provide the personalized service that smaller businesses often need and most online directories are pay-to-list forms of advertising.
This list aims to narrow down the field of reputable 3PL companies to help small and medium sized business looking for an outsourced solution to all or part of their fulfillment and distribution needs based on where their customers are located and what type of business they run.
Once you narrow the list down to providers of the services you require with a network that serves your customer base, these are some other considerations that can help you determine the best fit for your business.
Barrett Distribution Centers
Headquartered in Massachusetts, Barrett Distribution Centers operates over 3 million square feet in warehouse space in several locations in the Northeast and stretching to Tennessee and Southern California. Tailored solutions include food grade storage, industry compliant labeling, and electronic data interchange. Clients include Vibram Fivefingers, The Lagoon Group and Tivoli Audio.
With three facilities in North Brunswick, New Jersey and another in the City of Industry, California, Capacity LLC has been offering warehousing, assembly and order fulfillment services since 1999. The company is cGMP certified, operates FDA registered facilities, and is State Board of Health approved food grade in both states. Clients include Weleda, The Laundress, Capital One and ADP.
Fulfillment Works LLC
Connecticut based Fulfillment Works LLC provides warehousing services out of a strategically located 200,000 square-foot North Haven warehouse and another slightly smaller warehouse in Reno, Nevada. With tightly integrated warehouse management and inventory control systems, order processing and tracking systems, and an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) system, small businesses can take advantage of their efficiencies of operations and high level of accuracy. Good for businesses with high number of SKUs, clients include both B2B and B2C companies.
Kane Is Able
Headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania but with multiple locations throughout the Northeast and nationwide,Kane Is Able provides mid-market companies in a variety of industries with the national distribution infrastructure they need. Clients include Sun-Maid, Sam’s Club, Proctor & Gamble and Nutrabolt.
Chattanooga, Tennessee based Kenco is the largest woman-owned third-party logistics company in the U.S, with over 90 distribution facilities and more than 30 million square feet of space. For the last five years in a row (including 2017), Kenco was voted to Inbound Logistics Magazine’s “Top Ten Logistics Providers.” Although capable of serving enterprise-level companies, Kenco offers customized small parcel services for any size company.
Red Stag Fulfillment
Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, Red Stag Fulfillment offers a 100% accuracy guarantee and a 30-day no obligation, risk-free trial. Pricing is transparent with no set-up fees, sku-management fees or hidden fees and no long-term contracts. The 3PL company also offers eCommerce integrations with many popular shopping carts and boasts high accuracy rates with a zero shrinkage allowance.
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, Saddle Creek’s network of strategic locations span coast to coast, with many locations in the South and Midwest offering a full range of 3PL services, warehousing, omnichannel fulfillment, transportation, packaging and more. Clients include Arizona Beverages, Jurlique, Nu Skin and Xterra Wetsuits.
Based in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, retail fulfillment and distribution is their primary service, with full EDI services available and experience shipping to most major retailers in the U.S. and Canada. Distribution Alternatives’ approach to customer service draws from the small, family owned culture of its roots, dating back over 80 years. Though today they are large enough to draw industry discounts and operate over 2 million square feet of warehouse space in four facilities located in Minnesota and Southern California.
Le Saint Logistics
Headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois, Le Saint has locations throughout the Midwest, extending across the country and into Canada. Specializing in the retail and chemical industries, Le Saint goes beyond a traditional 3PL offering brokerage and 4PL services for businesses looking for flexible, end-to-end supply supply chain solutions. Clients include Turtle Wax and BODUM housewares.
Based in North Kansas City, Missouri, Wagner has over a dozen locations spread mainly throughout the Midwest and into Southern states and Texas. Having served businesses of all sizes for over 70 years, Wagner’s experience is behind their willingness to take on whatever your supply chain challenges may be. Clients include Excel Industries and S&M NuTec, LLC pet products.
Located in Dallas-Fort-Worth, Texas, AmeriPac offers turnkey fulfillment services, specializing in consumer goods and pharmaceutical-grade packaging, including design and labeling but also providing warehousing and distribution services. The company is an FDA Licensed Drug Establishment.
American Western Distribution
American Western Distribution operates out of its climate controlled warehouse and distribution center located in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to a full range of added-value services, they provide nationwide interior installation services, specializing in assisted living and medical facilities and hospitality spaces.
Visible (formerly Pro Star Fulfillment)
Salt Lake City, Utah based Pro Star Fulfillment used to operate as a separate entity but is now one of several services offered by a fully integrated company called Visible, making it part of a holistic supply chain solution that offers a dedicated account manager to every client. With several locations across the country, Visible helps businesses that have outgrown their current fulfillment processes and are ready to outsource. Clients include multi-level and direct marketing companies, such as Young Living.
Bender’s primary operations and headquarters are located in Reno, Nevada. Combined with two other locations in California and Virginia, Bender operates over 1 million square feet of space, including food-grade facilities, certified by the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Founded in 1945, the Bender family has combined a small business approach with innovative technology to provide regional and international logistics solutions to businesses of all sizes.
Alaska and Hawaii are typically bundled into the “Pacific Region” but in the world of logistics, due to their distance and geographical characteristics, they have unique challenges that make them each stand out on their own. Therefore, this region has been broken down into three subregions: contiguous U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
Advantage Media Services (AMS) operates over 800,000 square feet of space in multiple fulfillment centers in area surrounding Santa Clarita Valley in California. In addition to traditional 3PL services and a host of added-value services, AMS has recently added a service called “All Things Amazon” to help businesses that sell on Amazon manage their fulfillment whether done as FBA or merchant-fulfilled.
With an Executive office in Los Angeles, California, Taylored Services has multiple locations in California as well as a location in New Jersey and in Canada totaling 1.5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. Specializing in wholesale, retail and direct-to-consumer, Taylored Services offers award-winning services to the apparel, footwear and accessory industries.
Featured on the TV series, Extreme Truckers, Carlile is unmatched when it comes to tools, technology and expertise needed to reach many of the remote and inaccessible areas in Alaska. While Carlile is focused on transportation and doesn’t fit the 3PL logistics company profile of the others listed in this list, it does offer warehousing and brokerage services and other solutions for small businesses.
We are a statewide third party logistics company with the only advanced network of fulfillment warehouses in Hawaii. With warehouse and distribution centers in Honolulu (Oahu), Wailuku (Maui), Kona and Hilo (Big Island), and Lihue (Kauai), our custom logistics solutions help small and mid-sized business lower transportation costs and reach their Hawaii customers faster – which translates to more profit and happier customers!
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