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3PL Warehouse Manager by 3PL Central logo
 
3PL warehouse manager is a cloud-based warehouse management system designed for third-party logistics companies to manage multiple customers, processes and billing schedules. The system enables access to real-time information and provides... Read More
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3PL warehouse manager is a cloud-based warehouse management system designed for third-party logistics companies to manage multiple customers, processes and billing schedules. The system enables access to real-time information and provides... Read More
 
3PLink by Camelot 3PL logo
 
3PLink provides a fully automated, truly comprehensive Warehouse Management System specifically designed for the third party logistics industry (multi-client, client-owned inventory). A market leader since 1987, Camelot 3PL Software... Read More
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3PLink provides a fully automated, truly comprehensive Warehouse Management System specifically designed for the third party logistics industry (multi-client, client-owned inventory). A market leader since 1987, Camelot 3PL Software... Read More
 
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Royal 4 offers a great integrated supply chain solution to meet the need of third-party and fourth-party logistics providers. This software application is offered as an on-site or cloud-based system to meet any buyers’ IT needs.
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Royal 4 offers a great integrated supply chain solution to meet the need of third-party and fourth-party logistics providers. This software application is offered as an on-site or cloud-based system to meet any buyers’ IT needs.
 
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Infoplus is an inventory management solution for small to midsize organizations in industries including consumer goods, electronics, food and beverage, retail, pharmaceuticals and more. The system is offered primarily as a web-based... Read More
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Infoplus is an inventory management solution for small to midsize organizations in industries including consumer goods, electronics, food and beverage, retail, pharmaceuticals and more. The system is offered primarily as a web-based... Read More
 
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Infor Supply Chain Management is a powerful tool designed to help organizations optimize their supply chain from end-to-end. With analytics at its core, Infor SCM helps you gain greater visibility into every facet of your supply... Read More
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Infor Supply Chain Management is a powerful tool designed to help organizations optimize their supply chain from end-to-end. With analytics at its core, Infor SCM helps you gain greater visibility into every facet of your supply... Read More

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Slingshot Enterprise Business Suite logo
 
Slingshot Enterprise Business Suite is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for midsize to large businesses. The software offers an integrated suite with procurement and order fulfillment, supply chain planning,... Read More
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Slingshot Enterprise Business Suite is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for midsize to large businesses. The software offers an integrated suite with procurement and order fulfillment, supply chain planning,... Read More
 
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EliteSeries by TECSYS is a comprehensive warehouse management system used by hundreds of firms in the third party logistics and health care sectors, among others. It is scalable and it automates warehouse execution processes.
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EliteSeries by TECSYS is a comprehensive warehouse management system used by hundreds of firms in the third party logistics and health care sectors, among others. It is scalable and it automates warehouse execution processes.
 
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Wolin Design Group (WDG) helps companies of all sizes manage their supply chain by providing products that address the challenges found in today's competitive business environment. With WDG, organizations have access to both traditional... Read More
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Wolin Design Group (WDG) helps companies of all sizes manage their supply chain by providing products that address the challenges found in today's competitive business environment. With WDG, organizations have access to both traditional... Read More
 
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Enterprise WMS and Interchange EDI by Ramp Systems is a warehouse management system (WMS) that provides tools for both asset-based and non-asset-based 3rd party logistics (3PL) companies. The software has a report writer feature that... Read More
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Enterprise WMS and Interchange EDI by Ramp Systems is a warehouse management system (WMS) that provides tools for both asset-based and non-asset-based 3rd party logistics (3PL) companies. The software has a report writer feature that... Read More
 
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Oracle SCM Cloud offers a full suite of applications for companies to manage their supply chain, distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, and fleet.  Using product development, users can create a detailed bill of material... Read More
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Oracle SCM Cloud offers a full suite of applications for companies to manage their supply chain, distribution, manufacturing, inventory management, and fleet.  Using product development, users can create a detailed bill of material... Read More

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Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read More
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Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read More
 
Aptean Warehouse Management System logo
 
Available in the cloud or on-premise, Aptean Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) are built for single-site, multi-site or multi-national organizations that need a real-time, 360-degree view of their supply chain. Performance dashboards... Read More
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Available in the cloud or on-premise, Aptean Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) are built for single-site, multi-site or multi-national organizations that need a real-time, 360-degree view of their supply chain. Performance dashboards... Read More
 
Geneva Business Management Systems (GBMS) logo
 
Geneva Systems - a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner - offers GBMS for third-party logistics operations that are already managing inventory and accounting with software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP or QuickBooks.
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Geneva Systems - a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner - offers GBMS for third-party logistics operations that are already managing inventory and accounting with software such as Microsoft Dynamics GP or QuickBooks.
 
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PathGuide Technologies delivers comprehensive warehouse management systems to optimize productivity and key processes across a distribution enterprise. Their flagship product, Latitude WMS, is engineered to embrace the system’s... Read More
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PathGuide Technologies delivers comprehensive warehouse management systems to optimize productivity and key processes across a distribution enterprise. Their flagship product, Latitude WMS, is engineered to embrace the system’s... Read More
 
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Basware Procurement Software helps companies buy and pay for goods and services in a simplified, paperless, and cost efficient way. The solution allows companies to see everything that’s being ordered, purchased, and received, automate... Read More
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Basware Procurement Software helps companies buy and pay for goods and services in a simplified, paperless, and cost efficient way. The solution allows companies to see everything that’s being ordered, purchased, and received, automate... Read More

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For over four decades, Maves has been delivering solutions that manage the storage, handling and distribution of materials in the Supply Chain. Maves' flagship product, ViewPoint Logistics, was designed specifically for third-party... Read More
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For over four decades, Maves has been delivering solutions that manage the storage, handling and distribution of materials in the Supply Chain. Maves' flagship product, ViewPoint Logistics, was designed specifically for third-party... Read More
 
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Having mobility in mind, Wireless Warehouse In A Box™ offers turnkey WMS software with tier 1 capability with a multi-language, mobile solution. From blind receipts and directed put-away, to full pick, pack, ship and carrier compliance... Read More
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Having mobility in mind, Wireless Warehouse In A Box™ offers turnkey WMS software with tier 1 capability with a multi-language, mobile solution. From blind receipts and directed put-away, to full pick, pack, ship and carrier compliance... Read More
 
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Created by Zethcon, Synapse is an end-to-end Warehouse Management System for small to mid-sized businesses. This system is geared towards 3PLs and offers many 3PL-centric features. However, it also works well for a variety of other... Read More
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Created by Zethcon, Synapse is an end-to-end Warehouse Management System for small to mid-sized businesses. This system is geared towards 3PLs and offers many 3PL-centric features. However, it also works well for a variety of other... Read More
 
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Over 30,000 companies, spanning 120 different countries, are using SAP ERP Financials to conduct their financial management. Noteworthy names include General Mills and Office Max. SAP ERP Financials is a part of SAP’s Business Suite,... Read More
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Over 30,000 companies, spanning 120 different countries, are using SAP ERP Financials to conduct their financial management. Noteworthy names include General Mills and Office Max. SAP ERP Financials is a part of SAP’s Business Suite,... Read More
 
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Consistently listed as on of the Top 100 Logistics Companies, Cadre Technologies utilized more than 10 years of industry experience to develop Cadence WMS, a comprehensive Warehouse Management System that offers improved inventory... Read More
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Consistently listed as on of the Top 100 Logistics Companies, Cadre Technologies utilized more than 10 years of industry experience to develop Cadence WMS, a comprehensive Warehouse Management System that offers improved inventory... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Lisa Hedges,
Content Analyst
Last Updated: September 26, 2017


There are many third party logistics (3PL) solutions on the market that offer unique functionalities for nearly all industries and organization sizes. All the various types of 3PL solutions and their different features can make the purchasing decision confusing for buyers.

In addition, constantly changing compliance requirements and technology platforms make the process of selecting the right software tricky. This buyer's guide is designed to make the process convenient for the software buyer.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is Third Party Logistics Software?
Common Features of Third Party Logistics Software
Evaluating Third Party Logistics Software
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Third Party Logistics Software?

Third party logistics (3PL) software helps 3PL companies manage the ordering, warehousing and transportation of supplies for another business. This software category includes warehouse management tools, freight broker software and procurement systems to track inventory, purchase orders, shipping and more.

Common Features of Third Party Logistics Software

Because these providers oversee so many steps of the supply chain process for so many different businesses, 3PL software must be equally vast in scope. Specific features include:

Warehouse management With supplies from so many different customers moving through a public warehouse, customer profiling and lot number recording is absolutely critical. 3PL software helps managers monitor picking and put away through radio-frequency identification (RFID) capabilities.
Shipping & receiving 3PL software has transportation management capabilities that automate the printing of shipping and receiving labels. Bills of lading inform the supplier that supplies have been loaded onto the 3PL provider’s carrier and are ready for delivery, and inbound receipts help warehouse managers monitor the arrival of new supplies.
Order fulfillment One of the primary functions of a 3PL company is to fulfill orders that have been sold by someone else’s business. This means being able to handle all of the MTS, BTO and ATO capabilities typical of order fulfillment software.
3PL billing Billing is typically completed on two schedules: a monthly service/storage fee, with some kind of variable fulfillment cost. The billing needs to match these services, so the 3PL can bill easily based on orders and storage use.

Evaluating Third Party Logistics Software

These solutions need to handle the same processes as robust SCM software systems, but without as much of a focus on the business intelligence often seen with other SCM programs. The critical evaluating criteria for a 3PL system then is whether it meets the warehousing, shipping and order fulfillment needs that match your customers.

Ask the following questions when selecting your software vendor:

  • Can the system be implemented through web based portals or is it strictly an in-house program?
  • If your fulfillment house is looking for assistance with order management, does the system include advanced billing and tracking tools?
  • Does the system have a number of possible options for pallet tracking and stock rotation, such as first in, first out (FIFO ) and last in, first out (LIFO)?

Market Trends to Understand

In the past few years, the 3PL market has evolved as a result of the advancements in mobile applications and many other technologies. Therefore, as you begin the process of software comparison and evaluation, there are some emerging market trends in the field of third-party logistics that you must consider before making your final selection:

Improved cooperation between shippers and 3PL providers: Third-party logistics companies depend on new technologies to improve their offerings in a way that delights their customers. Early on, 3PL providers relied on paper to communicate and record data, but everything has now transitioned to the digital format. Electronic communication and digital data storage allows for rapid communication between people and also helps maintain the integrity of the data.

In the immediate future, even the smallest third-party logistics providers and their vendors are expected to manage inventory through web-based portals.

Increased usage of mobile applications: Until recently, customers had to be physically present at their office or home computer to order a product or check shipment status. Thankfully, users are no longer restricted to desktops, as mobile apps have transformed the way business is being conducted. In the future, all innovations are expected to be focused on achieving agility through mobility as mobile devices, along with proficient mobile apps, will become a regular part of all 3PL providers.

Also, devices with radio-frequency identification (RFID) that have the capability to store products data will enable prospective customers to process freight shipments or place an order from anywhere and at any time.

Deployment of innovative software and hardware devices: Third-party logistics companies will most likely invest in progressive software, which can include transportation management systems (TMS) and advanced speech recognition software. There will also likely be a push for smart devices that deliver quick returns on investment. These technological advancements will save time and operating costs as well as reduce errors and inconsistencies.

Advanced speech recognition systems will help workers connect and communicate better with their warehouse management system. Productivity will be improved through enhanced stock recording. Also, features like voice recognition are expected to become as ubiquitous a part of supply chain processes as stock inquiries and freight tracking.

The impact of big data: Big data is expected to have a significant impact on the overall logistics industry and may be incorporated by third-party logistics players as well. 3PLs will use cloud-based technologies to ensure that operations aren’t hampered and can remain operational round the clock in the event of any natural disasters.

The proper deployment of big data models will also enable third-party logistics players to process data and information that optimizes their operations. Also, data sharing will help them track items in the overall supply chain.

Work on a global outlook: As the world economy becomes increasingly integrated, third-party logistics providers are expected to work on a larger scale and have a wider global expansion plan. Also, since the supply chain process will become more complex as a result of operations spread across different global regions, third-party logistics players need to be willing to adopt the latest technologies in the market to continue staying in the game.

The above trends will help you understand recent developments in the field of third-party logistics and guide you in selecting the ideal system for your business.

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