Frequently Asked Questions
3PL stands for Third Party Logistics. It’s a legacy fulfillment model whereby businesses outsource their fulfillment and delivery services to a third party vendor. 3PLs vary in their geographic delivery footprint, service offerings, and storage availability.
A 3PL warehouse is the physical location of a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) service provider. 3PL warehouses have widely diverse offerings in the way of product storage capabilities (cold storage, temperature-controlled, and big and bulky to name a few), SOPs, and technological capabilities.
3PL companies offer a variety of services including inbounding shipments, picking and packing orders, final mile delivery, product storage, kitting and bundling, and returns processing.
Ware2Go is a network of 3PL partners, commonly referred to as a 4PL (Fourth Party Logistics) company. As an integrated 3PL network, Ware2Go offers merchants the convenience of outsourced fulfillment associated with 3PL services on a national scale. Rather than contracting with multiple regional 3PLs, businesses of all sizes can achieve a nationwide 2-day delivery footprint through a single partnership with Ware2Go.
Ware2Go’s solution is fully scalable with nationwide 2-day delivery coverage and a variety of certified warehouse partners to meet virtually any product storage requirement. The network is supported by a single WMS platform that integrates all sales channels and warehouses to set work flows and automatically route orders to the best warehouse based on geographic location and requirements. This integrated system allows visibility into higher level supply chain and fulfillment functions that position Ware2Go as a strategic partner with the ability to consult merchants on inventory levels, network distribution, market opportunities, and more.
Outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL or 4PL is usually a decision businesses make when their in-house fulfillment system is overwhelmed or they need to shift their business model to a greater reliance on variable rather than fixed costs. Partnering with a top-tier 3PL network like Ware2Go also gives merchants a strategic fulfillment partner that will recommend warehouse placement, inventory distribution, and new market opportunities.