When it comes to using 3PL for your business, you want to make sure you are getting the very best. Hiring these companies can ensure that everything will go smoothly and can provide the best in customer service, without having to hire extra personnel to do the work for you. One of the services that you may want to consider when looking at the various 3PL services include sorting and segregating services.
Sorting for Verification
Sorting and segregate will be required any time a shipper would like to verify that all of their goods shipped have reached the destination. This means that the driver, the lumpers, or the dock workers will take the time to count every case or item on the pallet right when it is received, before it is taken off the court. This is basically a type of audit to make sure that when a shipment comes in, the numbers add up and nothing is short.
While this is a great way to match up numbers and keep everything organized, sorting can be a time-consuming project. This is why most drivers are not going to participate in it. They often get paid by the mile, not by the hour, so wasting time with all the counting is not something they would like to do. And hiring someone to sit at the facility and do all the counting can be time consuming. The good news is that 3PLs have been able to develop services to help get this done more efficiently.
Why Regular Sorting Does Not Work
Your freight is often going to be organized to help maximize how many units will fit into the track to reduce how often the drivers need to go back and forth. With the shortage of truck drivers right now, you will see a packed truck as often as possible. The optimized transportation configuration though is not always going to be the most optimal when it is time to warehouse things. This is where we can run into some problems.
This is where the sorting and segregating services are going to come into play to make things easier. They will work to help reconfigure and handle the freight to work best for both shipping and for storage, ensuring that both sides of the process are going to be happy with the results.
How Can Sorting be Done on My Shipments?
There are different ways that these shipments can be sorted and segregated. Some of these will include by the pallet, the crate, SKU, size, brand, or another distinguishing characteristic based on what the product is. In many cases, the product will be repackaged and then prepared to be shipped out and distributed to the different locations.
The right sorting services will make all the difference in how efficient your business can be and how much time your employees need to stand around waiting to unload the products you need. Contact us today to learn more about our sorting services and see how this can benefit your business today.