Businesses use third-party logistics (3PL or TPL) providers for supply-chain transportation and logistics services such as warehousing. Along with 3PL warehousing, 3PL companies offer inbound freight, order fulfillment, outbound freight and distribution services; 3PL services are usually outsourced. As a vital component of operations management, selecting a reliable, cost-effective 3PL logistics supplier is an important decision. To help businesses manage expenses from their supplier base including 3PL logistics, ERA reviews clients’ 3PL provider relationships and expenses. If there are additional 3PL savings opportunities — in the area of 3PL warehouse services, for instance — organizations can boost their cash flow by placing those dollars back to work in their businesses.