Small Parcel Shipping for Today’s 3PLs

Best practice receiving, picking, packing, and shipping workflows from within your WMS

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Small Parcel Shipping for Today’s Warehouses with 3PL Central. Girl scanning package.

We Deliver Efficient and Paperless Best Practices

We’ve built our cloud-based WMS based on 3PL best practices so that warehouses can keep up with the rise of ecommerce, omnichannel, and high order volume.

Our unified small parcel shipping suite, comprised of SmartScan, SmartPack™, and SmartParcel™, creates seamless workflows developed to optimize warehouse efficiency by reducing manual and paper processes.

Using extensive research from our 3PL Intelligence Initiative, these products offer 3PL ecommerce warehouse best practice workflows that reduce manual labor while increasing accuracy for warehouse staff.

The Value of the Unified Small Parcel Shipping Suite

3 minutes
Save 3 minutes per order with the Unified Small Parcel Shipping Suite
$22
The cost of a single mispick to a warehouse without verified packing
100%
Packing accuracy with SmartPack to ensure each order is correctly packed

Unified Small Parcel Shipping Suite – Best Practice Pick, Pack, Ship Workflow

3PL Warehouse Manager, combined with the unified small parcel shipping suite, provides an end-to-end solution for ecommerce and high-volume fulfillment in three simple steps. These best practices deliver repeatable and scalable workflows to enhance 3PL ecommerce performance and accuracy.

Integrate your 3PL warehouse with cloud-based softwares to become more efficient

Pick with SmartScan

Remove employee guesswork with onscreen picking instructions directly on your mobile scanning device.

verify and scan each order once with SmartPack

Pack with SmartPack

Accurately scan and verify each order once – no need to keep rechecking orders.

Ship with SmartParcel

Ship with SmartParcel

Print labels, connect with carriers, and select the best shipping rate from within your WMS powered by ShipEngine.

SmartScan – Improve productivity, accuracy, and visibility

SmartScan integrates directly with 3PL Warehouse Manager WMS so data flows both ways for up-to-the-minute updates from the warehouse floor to the back office. The process starts with accurately receiving inventory into the warehouse, ensuring accuracy until the item is shipped. SmartScan improves accuracy and visibility across all warehouse functions so you can:

  • Receive inventory accurately and perform routine quality checks
  • Audit inventory to ensure alignment levels between WMS technology and warehouse floor
  • Pick orders accurately, quickly assign pick jobs, and prioritize picks to remove guesswork for workers
  • Lookup information about any item, location, or pallet license plate
  • Move any item, pallet, or location to a new location in the warehouse

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SmartScan offers modern barcode scanning on virtually any device.

SmartScan offers modern barcode scanning on virtually any device.

SmartPack from 3PL Central ensures each order is accurately packed before completion

SmartPack ensures each order is accurately packed before completion.

SmartPack – Scan. Pack. Verify.

Packing processes should be effortless and efficient. SmartPack simplifies and automates packing.

  • Scan required items ready to be packed.
  • Pack tracked items and easily confirm what is missing.
  • Verify all items are packed prior to marking an order complete.

Following this hand-free process eliminates manual errors and increases efficiency for warehouse staff. Scan once, pack once, and verify each order in real-time – every time.

  • Assign dimensions, tare weight, actual weight, and UCC-128 labels
  • Track outbound serial numbers without manual data entry
  • Verify lot numbers, serial numbers and expiration dates for each item
  • Print retail-specific labels by selecting a retail partner from a drop-down menu

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SmartParcel – Shipping Best Practices from Top-Performing 3PLs

Shipping is labor-intensive. By automating shipping processes, SmartParcel empowers warehouse workers to process every order efficiently, accurately with minimal training required, and with the best rate at the best time with rate shopping. SmartParcel is now powered by ShipEngine, the leading multi-carrier provider that powers Stamps.com and ShipStation. This direct integration allows customers the ability to easily support high volume shipping, integrate with more carriers, and reduce shipping account set-up time to mere minutes.

With SmartParcel, you can say goodbye to:

  • Learning and using multiple software systems to ship one order
  • Manually importing/exporting shipping and package details
  • Typing addresses into different carrier systems
  • Retyping tracking numbers by hand
  • Manually shopping for the cheapest shipping rates
  • Waiting 48 hours to set-up carrier accounts
SmartParcel from 3PL Central lets you manage multiple carrier accounts per customer within the WMS

SmartParcel lets you manage multiple carrier accounts per customer within the WMS.

Seamlessly Integrate Shipping Carriers

  • Set-up carrier accounts in minutes
  • Manage carrier accounts by customer using their own negotiated rates
  • Pre-populate shipping addresses and package details
  • Instantly select the best shipping rate from your most used carriers with Rate Shopping
  • Print shipping labels from within the WMS
  • Create custom labels for printing, shipping, and billing
  • Offer FedEx One Rate to customers looking to do flat rate shipping

 

Testimonials

Implementing SmartPack and SmartParcel allowed us to expand our services to ecommerce fulfillment while cutting costs nearly in half.

—Vice President, Javelin Logistics

Learn how Javelin Logistics went from a labor-based to a technology-driven warehouse.

SmartPack™ is an additional add-on feature that provides 100% verification of package contents via a scan, pack, and verify process using a USB scanner. Track and verify lot number, serial number, and expiration dates, and track outbound serial numbers with the SmartPack feature.

Ready to see how you can improve packing and shipping in your ecommerce 3PL?

3PL Central customers see an average of 22% order growth year over year when implementing our warehouse technology solutions.