Custom product 3PL fulfillment?

by davink91. Posted on Sep 15, 2020    0    8


Anyone have any suggestions for for a 3PL who specialize in custom (i.e. engraved) product fulfillment in Canada? Would highly appreciate!


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HalfStarkRhino 1

I reckon you have 2 options
1- you connect with a courier or use a platform like easyship to manage your orders, store your stock at your place and get the couriers to come and pick up and send out each order as they come. You'll have to manage shipping labels which adds a little admin load but keeps your costs low. Easy ship (Or similar api integration platform) makes it 'easy' but you can get gouged on weight adjustments so be clear with your parcel size and weights.
2 - you find a local warehouse that does pick and pack and make a deal with them to give you a pallet of storage. You drop off your stock as it's made and then send the warehouse an order each time it comes. You'll pay storage and handling fees monthly so factor that into your cogs. This makes it really smooth but costs are a little higher

HalfStarkRhino 1

Do you make your product in Canada and distribute locally?
https://3plcenter.com/warehouse-locations/toronto-canada/
Or u-freight, or a local warehouse near you that does pick and pack and posts through the local post office (cheapest option and most control over stock)

If you fulfill overseas keep your stock out of Canada as the import fees are expensive

  davink91 1

Yeah we have them locally!

Thank you lots for the suggestion. The only issue we are kind of having is with the engraving and packing. So lets say we engrave each product by ourselves, then are these companies able to pick them up and pack them into boxes and ship one by one? We might have a few items ready for pick up at a time but could also be 1 item ready for pickup a day, so not sure how feasible that would be?

xeneks 1

What’s a 3PL?

  davink91 2

Third party logistics

xeneks 1

Amazon?

  davink91 1

Oh they don't do custom fulfillment

xeneks 1

Hmmm. I wanted a silver coin engraved. I was going to use the Perth Mint here in Australia.