The fulfillment industry is changing quickly to keep up with the demands of the eCommerce boom and evolving marketplace requirements. eCommerce sellers who are researching outsourced fulfillment options may have seen the terms 3PL and 4PL used interchangeably. While the 2 fulfillment models are indeed similar, there are some fundamental differences that should be considered when making the best decision for your business.
This infographic outlines some of the key differences in the categories of storage capacity, delivery footprint, scalability/flexibility, integrated technology, and professional support. With these key differences in mind, merchants can set their own priorities when looking for fulfillment solutions and determine whether they should partner with a 3PL or a 4PL.
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