The logistics of your supply chain can easily become bogged down if your company is growing or expanding into new markets. This is when you have to make the decision to outsource to a third-party logistics provider in order to keep everything moving smoothly in the right direction, whether your operation is traditional, ecommerce, or a hybrid of both. Good supply chain management might be the key that can unlock new levels of success, and Ranger 3PL is ready to be the third-party logistics provider you need in the Midwest. Call us at 812-522-6000 to find out what we can do for you!
Finding the Right Third-Party Logistics Provider in the Midwest
If your business needs to find the right partner to meet your third-party logistics needs in the Midwest region of the U.S., we invite you to consider Ranger 3PL. From our ideal location in Seymour, Indiana, we have easy access to six key cities with the following drive-times:
- Chicago, Illinois: 4 hours
- Cincinnati, Ohio: 2 hours
- Indianapolis, Indiana: 1 hour
- Louisville, Kentucky: 1 hour
- Springfield, Illinois: 4 hours
- St. Louis, Missouri: 5 hours
We also bring multiple competencies to the table in order to meet your supply chain management needs, which you’ll learn more about as we explain the many benefits of outsourcing these functions to Ranger 3PL. Like any chain, supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link. We excel at solution innovation to strengthen and streamline supply chains.
Outsourcing Logistics to Focus on Core Competencies
Supply chain logistics were probably not among the core competencies of your business when it first got started, and probably still aren’t today. Most companies manage the best they can for as long as possible, but there comes a point when handling all of it in-house is no longer feasible or wise. After all, your competencies revolve around your product(s) and your brand. Increasing your focus on those is one of the primary benefits of outsourcing logistics to a 3PL partner.
When supply chain issues are what’s holding your company back, Ranger 3PL can help. From warehousing and fulfillment to shipping and final mile logistics, we have the expertise, technologies, facilities, and equipment to get the job done so you can focus on the core competencies of your business.
Smarter Spending and Investing of Scarce Financial Resources
Better supply chain and logistics management requires significant investments into building the right infrastructure, equipment, and expertise. Does it make financial sense for your company to do all that in-house? In many cases, the answer to that question should be “no.” Why invest precious capital dollars into that when the right 3PL partner has already made all those investments for you?
Outsourcing means your partner is absorbing those capital and fixed overhead costs on your behalf, giving you the opportunity to buy into their expertise and facilities at a fraction of what it would cost you to develop all of that in-house. Finding the right 3PL provider is a strategic decision smart companies make in order to reap the benefit of saving significant amounts of money better spent elsewhere.
Integrated Services by Experts to Improve Operations
When your supply chain suffers from various issues that make it inefficient, it’s the customer that notices, and when you lose the business of customer after customer, you’ll quickly notice it in the bottom line of your company. Poor logistics should never be the reason your business struggles when there are expert partners who have the knowledge, experience, and physical assets needed to help your company win the supply chain game.
When your logistics are being handled in-house or by inferior 3PL providers, what happens when you experience sudden exponential growth in business? In some cases, the spike might be a known seasonal effect. In other cases, however, something like the COVID-19 pandemic can cause massive shifts seemingly overnight. The right 3PL partner is the one with the flexibility to scale up or down as needed to accommodate such spikes and shifts in economic activity without flinching.
Increasing Efficiency Across the Logistics Landscape
The Holy Grail of supply chain management is maximum efficiency. You want there to be a seamless transition among multiple functions such as warehouse storage, inventory management, distribution, traditional and ecommerce fulfillment, shipping and transportation, and final mile logistics. Timely deliveries direct to customers or retail outlets is the name of the game. But if you have multiple providers focusing on different parts of the supply chain, then there are more chances for bottlenecks and mistakes to occur.
Fragmentation through multiple partners also makes gaining visibility into and control of the overall operation of your supply chain difficult if not impossible. The more logistics can be consolidated with one provider on a regional basis, the better of you’ll be. And the right partner knows they have to stay on top of their game in terms of making constant upgrades to technology and capabilities to keep clients satisfied.
Ranger 3PL: Your Supply Chain Logistics Partner in the Midwest
We begin with the recognition that each client customer is unique and requires a customized solution tailored to meet their specific needs and requirements. Ranger 3PL takes a collaborative approach in which we first take the time to learn about your company, how it’s positioned in its industry, and the business goals that are most important to you. With this knowledge, we can begin to design a supply chain and logistics plan to efficiently meet your needs and facilitate your company’s growth or expansion in the Midwest. And we’ll do it while providing you all the tracking data you need in order to have the peace of mind your supply chain is being fully optimized for peak performance. Here’s the full range of value-added services Ranger 3PL offers:
Warehouse and Inventory Management Services
Speaking of core competencies, one of ours at Ranger 3PL is warehousing services to ensure your products are properly stored and your inventory accurately tracked and managed. Our warehousing and inventory tracking services include the following:
- 16 Warehouse Facilities: Total capacity is 700,000 square feet. Learn more about Ranger 3PL’s Warehouse Facilities.
- Food Grade Storage: Precision control of warehouse temperatures means we can satisfy regulatory requirements to maintain food safety.
- Customized Order Fulfillment (B2B & B2C): We customize order fulfillment to meet all your needs and requirements.
- Materials Management: If you need to store key materials and only ship them on an as-needed basis, we can do that.
- Inventory Management: Our inventory tracking technologies mean you’ll always know exactly what you have and when it needs to be replenished.
- Cross-Docking: This best practice reduces the cost of warehousing and saves money. Get the details on cross-docking here.
- e-Commerce Distribution: We’ll help you set up your online ordering system to automatically copy orders with particular zip codes to Ranger 3PL for delivery in our geographic service area.
- Quality Control: We maintain all our facilities to the highest standards.
You can find out more about our approach to warehousing and inventory management in the following articles:
- How Warehousing and Logistics Can Benefit Your Business.
- Flexible Warehousing 101.
- Inventory Management and Warehousing for Business.
- The Need to Grade Warehouse Logistics Services Based on Key Criteria.
- The Role of Warehousing in Inventory Management.
When Ranger 3PL is your supply chain logistics provider, you’ll never have to worry about how your products are stored or whether your inventory is being accurately tracked and managed.
Transportation Services for On-Time Deliveries
Ranger 3PL has its own fleet of trucks for the transportation of your products and materials to meet your final mile logistics in key areas throughout the Midwest.
- Asset-Based Local Cartage: The Ranger 3PL fleet of vehicles is always ready to roll down the highways to six different key midwestern cities.
- Expedited Services: When rush shipping is needed, Ranger 3PL can make it happen.
- Less than Truckload (LTL): Our LTL flexibility maximizes efficiency and saves money for our customers.
Freight transportation services using our trucking fleet or regional railroad lines mean your products and materials get to where they need to go in the Midwest quickly and efficiently. Find out more about the Integration of Technology in Transportation at Ranger 3PL.
The humble pallet is a very simple yet absolutely vital piece of the puzzle when storing and moving large amounts of products and materials. The key is knowing The Importance of Using the Right Pallet for the specific job, and we build pallets to more than twenty different schematics to ensure the pallet fits the product. We also make and ship pallets built to customer specs on a just-in-time (JIT) basis. Check out the details on Ranger 3PL’s Pallet Services.
Fulfillment and Final Mile Logistics with Ranger 3PL
Once your company reaches a size where in-house fulfillment is no longer viable, fulfillment and final mile logistics quickly becomes one of the most important considerations to keep your business moving and growing. Ranger 3PL is ready to show you what fulfillment done right looks like, and we think you’ll be impressed with our capabilities. Learn more in the following pages of our website:
- The Benefits of Outsourcing Fulfillment Services.
- Key Considerations for Choosing an Indianapolis Fulfillment Provider.
- Final Mile Logistics and Fulfillment for Cincinnati Businesses.
- Louisville Final Mile Logistics.
- St. Louis Final Mile Logistics: Warehouse and Fulfillment Solutions.
Whether its traditional product distribution, ecommerce fulfillment, or final mile logistics, Ranger 3PL is the reliable partner you can count on to get your products and materials where they need to go as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Optimize Your Supply Chain with Ranger 3PL
When we started Ranger 3PL back in 1995, it was a simple, straightforward warehousing operation. But as we gained a reputation for doing things right, we caught the attention of Kocolene Development Corporation (KDC). With KDC’s backing, we transformed ourselves into a leading asset-based third-party logistics provider that makes a difference for every customer client who partners with us.
If it’s time for your business to conquer its supply chain challenges and close the loop on logistics with the right third-party logistics provider in the Midwest, then it’s time to contact Ranger 3PL. Our professional services provide the advanced capabilities and solutions your company needs to reach new levels of success and growth. We’ll sit down with you to do more than just get to know you. We want to achieve a deep understanding of your business in order to identify custom solutions that fit your unique needs and requirements. Drop us a line through the contact page of our website or call us directly at 812-522-6000 to start the conversation about optimizing your supply chain logistics!