We have all heard about the labor crisis. Since the pandemic hit, there have been many more jobs available than people willing or able to work.
There are many reasons for the labor shortage, including low wages, job insecurity, and the threat of COVID-19. But labor issues have been brewing since long before the pandemic started – the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders just accelerated them.
If your small business or e-store is feeling the effects of the labor shortage, you’re not alone. Many family-run businesses have struggled to stay afloat in this precarious economy, and the sector of your business likely to suffer the most is logistics.
Even under the best of circumstances, managing logistics can be tricky. Hiring the staff and renting the infrastructure is a huge upfront cost. And if you can’t even find enough people to hire, your shipping and return operations are sure to suffer.
A 3PL Gives You Access to Workers
This is where a third party logistics provider, or a 3PL, can help.
Unlike other businesses, these companies are completely designed around logistics. This means they can afford the technology and manpower necessary to ship products all around the country.
A 3PL does not need to balance their main product and fulfillment services, because their main product IS fulfillment services!
It also means they can provide better conditions for workers in logistics. They are able to pay these skilled workers more money and offer them more job security than a small business can.
This means that even during a labor shortage, a 3PL is going to be able to keep operations running as smoothly as possible.
Using a 3PL also takes all the hiring, firing, and employee retention off your shoulders. You get the same level of service you need to keep your business running without having to worry about too many resumes in your inbox or who’s calling in sick that day.
If you’re spending too much time, money, and stress trying to manage your logistics department, it might be time to outsource to a 3PL. During this labor crisis, focus on filling the positions most essential to your business, and get back to why you started your company in the first place.
Dependable East Coast 3PL Provider
Look no further than Cannon Hill Logistics! We offer comprehensive fulfillment services for everything your small business needs to succeed. Conveniently based in Frederick, Maryland, we can reach nearly half the population in just 3 days! Call now to learn more.