What is 3PL? Third-party logistics companies simplify the supply chain system for suppliers and sellers. With a 3PL firm handling tasks such as transportation, storage and transportation, eCommerce sellers can concentrate on sales, marketing and customer experience.

Benefits of Outsourcing to 3PL Companies

When you outsource to a third-party logistics company, it handles the logistics of getting products from the supplier to the customer. These companies often handle logistics for multiple businesses, allowing clients to access favorable shipping rates, economies of scale and low startup costs for new products. 3PL warehousing services allow companies to store and manage inventory without incurring any overhead. Depending on the arrangement, 3PLs can pick items from a list to fulfill orders clients place online. You can also request special packaging such as a poly mailer or a gift box and schedule shipping carriers to pick up and deliver packages from the 3PL facility to buyers. Other benefits include:

  • Reverse logistics (returns processing)
  • Lower rates on shipping
  • Expedited shipping availability
  • Real-time tracking for orders
  • Technology that allows for data-driven decisions to reduce transit times

Minnesota's Best 3PL Companies

Here are some of the 3PL companies serving the Minnesota area.

1. Cerasis Global Tranz

Cerasis is a 3PL solutions provider that handles transportation management for eCommerce companies. The company's emphasis on customer service and technology gives clients an edge over competitors that lack a future-forward third-party logistics partner. Cerasis drives organic growth and strategic solutions for its customers and leverages its extensive data resources to help customers gain visibility, drive efficiencies and support growth.

The company's logistics services include:

  • Freight shipping
  • Freight claims
  • Freight invoicing
  • Freight auditing
  • Freight data and analysis
  • Truckload freight brokers

Cerasis Global Tranz

3200 Courthouse Ln
Eagan, MN 55121
651-686-4725

2. Trinity Logistics, Inc.

Trinity Logistics handles more than freight. The third-party logistics company brings an array of services to eCommerce companies looking to outsource their logistics, including supply chain optimization, warehousing and freight payment and audit. Its consulting experts act as clients' personal representatives to ensure solutions are delivered as expected. Trinity serves many industries and assists with transportation of liquor, beer, wine, fresh produce, packaged foods and household items.

The company's logistics services include:

  • Freight and shipping, including full truckload
  • LTL
  • Air and ocean
  • Just-in-time shipping
  • Specialty freight services

Trinity Logistics, Inc.

550 Vandalia Street
Suite 125 St. Paul, MN 55114
800-753-1048

3. BTW, Inc.

BTW has provided 3PL services to clients for over 20 years, serving clients who need to transport products regionally and across the country. The company provides top-tier service and response and specializes in customized solutions. At BTW, the focus is on adding value to the eCommerce and brick-and-mortar companies that depend on it for logistics solutions, and the company is committed to getting products to customers faster and more efficiently.

The company's logistics services include:

  • Printed circuit and finished product assembly
  • Electronics engineering
  • System integration
  • Product testing
  • Product lifecycle support
  • Supply chain management

BTW

11551 Eagles St. NW, Suite 3
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
763-767-4625

4. Freight Management Logistics Inc.

With over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive transportation solutions, Freight Management Logistics tailors shipping strategies to your needs and specifications. The company finds the best route to get products to your clients quickly and affordably. Join Freight Management Logistics to improve transit times, freight solutions and supply chain management. The company's 3PL services include proactive customer notification, tracking and proof of delivery. Wider services include LTL/partial and full truckload capabilities, volume freight, temperature control, air shipments and expedited freight and local transportation.

The company's logistics services include:

  • Freight
  • Air charter
  • LTL freight management services
  • Cross-docking services
  • Advanced technology for notifications and tracking

Freight Management Logistics Inc.

4264 Norex Dr.
Chaska, MN 55318
952-448-5098

5. COKeM International, Ltd

COKeM is an influential distribution service firm that primarily handles video games and accessories. The company provides full-service fulfillment and distribution services to companies looking for 3PL assistance. COKeM focuses on results, striving to provide best-in-class service. It uses innovative technologies to drive results for clients looking for improved delivery times.

The company's logistics services include:

  • Distribution
  • Customized brick & mortar fulfillment
  • Dot-com fulfillment
  • Nintendo assembly services
  • Print management
  • Creative design
  • Account management
  • Merchandising solutions

COKeM International, Ltd

3880 Fourth Avenue East
Shakopee, MN 55379
952-358-6000