Pros and Cons: Using a 3PL Vs. In-House Fulfillment

Jonny Parker
December 18, 2023

Regardless of the nature of your business, the end goal is always getting products successfully into the hands of your customers. The two most common order fulfillment methods include in-house fulfillment and using a third-party logistics company, also known as 3PL. 

3PL providers are usually highly experienced and have the right infrastructure, tools, and technologies to handle fulfillment — everything from receiving inventory to storage and control to picking and packing, as well as shipping, delivery, and returns.  

As with any business decision, considering the pros and cons is necessary to determine which order fulfillment method is best for your operations. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, which you need to consider based on your current needs and future scaling plans. 

Both in-house and 3PLs have various advantages and challenges, so it’s important your company chooses what’s best for it based on your needs not only now but also in the future.