What is logistics?
Put simply, the term logistics means the entire process of transporting goods from A to B, and all the individual procedures that happen before, during and after that journey. Logistics involves managing, acquiring, storing, distributing and delivering goods to a desired destination.
Logistics in business generally refers to how goods are moved and distributed along the supply chain. Having a successful, secure and operational logistics service is imperative to business growth and overall success.
What is logistics management?
Logistics management is the supply chain management of the effective transportation and storing of goods, making this process as simple, smooth and secure as possible.
Logistics management also involves overseeing, organising and facilitating all the tasks and procedures required in order to operate a secure and effective supply chain. These include:
Ocean Freight –providing shipping services for freight being transported via sea.
Logistics Tracking –providing real-time tracking for your containers, so you can know where your cargo is at all times.
Inland Transportation –providing inland transport services, including truck, rail and barge.
Customs Clearance Services – managing and fulfilling the legal requirements levied by governments when importing goods into a country, including specific documentation, labelling and customs duty.
At Twill, we have expertise across all these logistics services, specialising in trusted logistics management for SMEs. We’re passionate about helping SMEs growby helping them streamline their logistics process.
What is 3PL logistics?
3PL logistics stands for third-party logistics and refers to when an organisation uses an expert third party to outsource the logistics procedure, or parts of it.
3PL logistics is a practical and popular option for many businesses that ship worldwide. It allows companies to devote more time to their core competency, whilst employing specialists to deal with their logistics. For SMEs, the time gained from using 3PL logistics can be invaluable to growing your business and focusing on the stuff that matters.
What is a logistics company?
A logistics company specialises in providing third-party logistics services and management to other businesses. Outsourcing your logistics to an expert provider can grant you access to:
Expertise– logistics procedures are often complex and have continuously evolving rules and regulations, so having access to industry expertise enables a more efficient and secure logistics strategy.
Optimised costs – logistics companies can often better optimise your logistics costs with optimal delivery and shipping resources.
Improved customer service – optimising your logistics strategy with an expert provider will likely improve your delivery times and range of delivery options for customers.
Scalability – outsourcing your logistics provides more flexibility when it comes to upscaling your operations. This can be particularly important for SMEs looking to grow.
Time–outsourcing your logistics gives you more time to focus on your own core competency and growing your business.
Expert logistics with Twill
At Twill, we provide expert logistics services across the entire logistics process. Combined with local expertise and global experience, our digital platform is an easy and efficient tool for shipping your goods around the world. It simplifies logistics with up-to-date notifications and actions, while also providing clear views of shipping schedules and instant pricing that speeds up your logistics process.
Twill is designed to support small to medium businesses with tailored logistics solutions, so you can focus on the important stuff. Find out more about the range of services we offer and sign up today.