To All Entrepreneurs, We Are Here to Help
You have a new and exciting idea. The only problem is how to distribute this new product or where to store all of the inventory. As an entrepreneur, these issues are daunting as purchasing your own transportation or warehouse is a huge start up cost and if you haven’t sold any of your product yet, where will the money come from? Unlike our childhood dream of money growing on trees, reality is a bit harsher and without a large sum of start up capital, you are going to need help.
Solution: Third Party Logistics (3PL)
What is a 3PL? Third party logistic providers offer services like: warehousing, transportation, distribution and order fulfillment. You might hear another term: supply chain management which is a business term for the flow of goods and services, storage of materials/inventory and getting the finished goods to your consumers. Logistics and supply chain are essentially the backbone to your business as it creates the overall “flow” and productivity of moving and storing your products. According to Business Wire, global trade recorded the highest growth rate in six years in 2017 along with an increase in global GDP to 3% from 2.3%. This growth is in part due to increased investment spending specifically in the United States. As more entrepreneurs create start ups and new products, they are creating relationships with logistics and distribution companies in order to reach more consumers.
Your Next Solution: Hopkins Distribution Company
Hopkins Distribution works with many entrepreneurs to help transition a dream to reality, in terms of logistics, warehousing and distribution of course. Let’s take an example start-up company, you just came up with the idea to sell coffee cups with a digital thermometer on the outside of the cup. As you are working hard on the design and overall concept, let us handle the rest. By the “rest” I mean: public or contract warehousing, transportation and logistics. Let’s say you want to get a shipment of these coffee cups to a coffee shop you partnered with in Seattle. Since we are handling the warehoused inventory and the transportation of your cups to Seattle, you want to make sure there is enough cups for this shipment and you want to be able to tell your new partner when they should expect this shipment. We can set up a file transfer protocol (FTP) which is a standard network protocol used to transfer files from one computer to another over an internet-based network. This means you have control over nightly inventory, hourly inventory, shipped orders, order tracking information and EDI data files. This can all be stored on Hopkins FTP servers and accessed by your company 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is just one of the services we provide under our logistics application development.
Based in Reno, Nevada we are in an optimal location for one-day service point to most West Coast locations and we can also assist you in selecting Midwestern and East Coast distribution. We provide global logistics solutions. Check out our page for start up companies.
Entrepreneurship is thrilling and exciting so embrace your ideas. Many fail to accomplish their ideas or passions because it is hard work and it is easy to get lost in the mix of everything you need to do to start a company. As Walt Disney once said, “All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” So sit back and take a sip of coffee out of that new cup you created. Then, give us a call at (800) 655-3644 so we can help you feel confident and courageous as we take a big hurdle for new companies out of your way so you can start on the next big idea.