There are several advantages for a business of any size and in any industry to make the decision to locate in Houston. Not only is this the most populous city in the state, but it is also number four in population in the United States. In 2018, the population of the city was just over 2,325,000 people.
Businesses in the Houston area have a lot of options for services and service providers. This includes companies offering warehousing for all types of inventory, raw materials, and products. While a business may be very happy with their current warehouse and logistics provider, there can also be issues that trigger the business to look elsewhere.
When determining if it is time to change your warehousing and logistics provider, a good place to start is to think about the level of services they are providing. If these meet your current needs, it may still be worth considering pricing, customer service and support, and how flexible the service is when needed.
Another way to evaluate the current service and to prepare for shopping for a new logistics provider, if necessary, is to write out a list of all the things you want the warehousing and logistics company to provide. Think of this as a “wish list” for the ideal provider.
Then, check off all the items that are already provided by your current warehouse and logistics company. Anything that is not checked is something that can be sought out with another warehouse and 3PL service.
In most cases, using technology, increased efficiency, and having the capacity to grow with the needs of the business are the three key issues for any business. Talking to different warehouse and logistics companies can be a first step in discovering what you may be missing with your current provider.