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Third-party logistics – 4 hassles to avoid

February 9, 2017

For any company tasked with providing products or materials to downstream customers, “starting with the end in mind” means implementing a logistics strategy based around end-user demands. In many cases this involves managing an efficient ordering and shipping process that faces the complexities of reducing freight costs, gaining supply chain visibility, managing inventory levels and shipping to various locations – at the same time as accurately tracking orders.

Using a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) company has become an ideal solution to help manage your logistics and shipping needs. However, you may have noticed that each 3PL company has their own method of managing your transportation, communication and services. So how do you know if you have the right solution and partner?

Experts are vocal that companies ensure they select the right 3PL for their line of business. Whether you’ve made the decision to incorporate a third-party logistics provider as part of your logistics strategy or are currently evaluating your current freight transportation and logistics needs, here are four warning signs to ensure you don’t end up with the wrong logistics provider:


If you see any of these red flags, consider what’s truly important for your business. If these warning signs sound familiar, it may be time to change your strategy or service. Ensure sure your logistics provider meets the optimal “green flag” criteria. Ensure your provider is:

  1. Reliable and responsive
  2. Able and knowledgeable so they understand your business needs and are willing to collaborate with you
  3. Easy to do business with through streamlined, flexible services
  4. Communicative and accountable, providing clear visibility into the status of your freight without you having to jump through hoops for an answer or update

Agforce Transport Services specializes in simple, customized transportation solutions for our customer’s specific business needs and requirements. We’d love to hear about your needs and find ways to answer the questions surrounding your logistics strategy. Give us a call at 844-713-6723 or email us at


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