B2M Logistics offers logistics services as a 3PL and 4PL operator. We solve tasks connected with cargo shipment organization using various methods, minimizing customers' costs of transportation and optimizing all logistical processes.
Using outsourcing will allow you to concentrate on your core business, to speed up the logistics cycle, to adapt to market changes more rapidly. You can delegate some of the tasks to our experts or entrust the whole process of products delivery to the consumers to them.
It can be tough to decide whether you need a 3PL versus a 4PL logistics provider to optimize your supply chain. Here are the explanations:
1PL - First-Party Logistics
An enterprise that sends goods or products from one location to another is a 1PL. For example, a local farm that transports eggs directly to a grocery store for sale is a 1PL.
2PL - Second-Party Logistics
An enterprise that owns assets such as vehicles or planes to transport products from one location to another is a 2PL. That same local farm might hire a 2PL to transport their eggs from the farm to the grocery store.
3PL - Third-Party Logistics
In a 3PL model, an enterprise maintains management oversight, but outsources operations of transportation and logistics to a provider who may subcontract out some or all of the execution. Additional services may be performed such as crating, boxing and packaging to add value to the supply chain. In our farm-to-grocery store example, a 3PL may be responsible for packing the eggs in cartons in addition to moving the eggs from the farm to the grocery store.
4PL - Fourth-Party Logistics
In a 4PL model, an enterprise outsources management of logistics activities as well as the execution across the supply chain. The 4PL provider typically offers more strategic insight and management over the enterprise's supply chain. A manufacturer will use a 4PL to essentially outsource its entire logistics operations. In this case, the 4PL may manage the communication with the farmer to produce more eggs as the grocery store's inventory decreases.