Nearly 60 million people live in the northeastern US, and almost 50 million more live in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Combined, that’s about one third of the entire country.One state - Pennsylvania - sits at the heart of the northeast and midwest, making it an excellent location for a fulfillment center. Imagine shipping cheaply to both New York City and Chicago from the same location.
For this list, we’re focusing primarily on boutique, local 3PLs with a few exceptions. That’s because boutique3PLs tend to provide better regionalized service and are more flexible when it comes to the needs of growing eCommerce businesses.
With that in mind, we’ve selected the following 3PLs because they excel in one or more of the following areas:
- Quality of service and/or good reviews
- Prime warehouse locations
- Hard-to-find value-added services
Brandfox is a full-service eCommerce fulfillment provider that is very focused on client relationships. Most order fulfillment companies will take care of shipping orders and perhaps some value-added services, but Brandfox goes beyond that. Brandfox is able to directly contact your customers and handle shipping issues, helping further reduce the amount of time that their clients spend on shipping.
Providing hands-on customer service is a rare plus in a 3PL, but even the core services are impressive. For starters, Brandfox provides a full suite of eCommerce fulfillment services including EDI, retail fulfillment, kitting and assembly, subscription box fulfillment, branded packaging, B2B fulfillment, Amazon FBA prep, crowdfunding fulfillment, and special project requests. They also provide real-time support for the client.
Brandfox also integrates with all major eCommerce platforms including Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, Walmart, WooCommerce, Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. They are also able to ship nutraceutical, food and beverage, and FDA approved products. Value added services include secure, long-term, and temperature controlled storage as well as cross-docking and FTL & LTL freight.
Location: PA, AZ
- Able to directly respond to their clients’ customers and handle their inquiries.
- Full suite of eCommerce order fulfillment services.
- Able to handle FDA approved items.
- Strategically located in both Pennsylvania and Arizona to cover the entire country quickly.
Ware2Go is a 3PL owned by UPS. While we primarily focus on small, local businesses, the sheer flexibility provided by Ware2Go warrants a mention on this list. You are able to add and remove warehouses on an as-needed basis throughout the world. This lets you benefit from the inexpensive, ubiquitous UPS shipping network. In addition to being able to quickly change locations, clients can also ship items of any size or quantity, through any transport mode, in two days or less.
In exchange for this level of flexibility, there are some ground rules. Clients may only ship through UPS and there are few value-added services to speak of. Considering the flexibility of the basic shipping services as well as the numerous eCommerce integrations, Ware2Go is worth a look.
Location: PA, NV, TX, GA, Middle East
- Owned by UPS and works on the UPS network.
- Extremely flexible warehousing arrangement.
- Able to ship nearly any kind of item.
- Provides some freight services as well.
Like Ware2Go, Mainfreight is not a small company, but it can be a very good partner to small companies. Mainfreight offers all-in-one service for freight, transportation, and warehousing. The company has over 300 locations across the globe, including Pennsylvania.
Mainfreight can handle most of their clients’ supply chains starting from picking up inventory after manufacturing all the way to shipping out orders. For companies seeking a single partner to handle most of their supply chain concerns, Mainfreight is an excellent choice.
Location: Over 300 locations, including Pennsylvania
- Great all-in-one service for freight, transportation, and warehousing.
- Multiple locations throughout the world.
- In business for 44 years and counting.
- Over 300 branches worldwide.
MasonHub is the perfect match for eCommerce companies in the beauty and wellness business. It was founded by veteran retail leaders who have handled just about any problem you can think of in business. They’re wary of outdated technology and overcomplicated processes, and have focused on creating a simple, easy-to-manage order fulfillment business for rising omnichannel beauty and wellness brands.
Beauty and wellness businesses often have unique fulfillment needs that are hard to outsource. For example, influencers often expect to receive special kits with custom unboxing experiences. MasonHub is very comfortable with complicated kitting and assembly, subscription boxes, and other important value-added services.
MasonHub also provides temperature-controlled warehousing, which is always important for cosmetics. CBD and nutraceutical sellers are also in luck, too, as MasonHub has experience fulfilling for those niches as well.
Location: CA, PA
- They specialize in order fulfillment for beauty and wellness.
- Support for VIP/influencer and unboxing orders.
- Able to fulfill CBD and nutraceutical orders.
- Located in both California and Pennsylvania, allowing for timely fulfillment on both the east and west coast of the US.
5. HawkRidge Fulfillment
HawkRidge Fulfillment started shipping orders for clients in 2018, but they have been in business since 2004. HawkRidge initially started as an eCommerce company, much like the clients who take advantage of their services today! In other words, HawkRidge is serving a client base whose needs they understand very well.
HawkRidge has transparent pricing displayed directly on their website, eliminating much of the guesswork. In addition to this, Google reviews for HawkRidge have been unanimously positive - every single one is 5 stars - as of the time this is being written.
In terms of core services, HawkRidge does most of what eCommerce companies are likely to need including kitting and assembly, subscription boxes, branded packaging, B2B fulfillment, Amazon FBA prep, and special project requests. Their system integrates with all major eCommerce channels including Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, Walmart, WooCommerce, Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.
Location: Sinking Spring, PA
- Started as an eCommerce company before getting into fulfillment, so they have a firm understanding of what their clients need.
- Positive reviews on Google.
- Transparent pricing on website.
Website: HawkRidge Fulfillment
WSI provides a large range of services including both DTC and B2B fulfillment, FTL/LTL freight, small parcel, and white glove transportation. They have strategically located warehouses - one in Pennsylvania to serve the east, one in California for the west, and one each in Illinois and Texas for everything in between.
WSI has been around for a while, and in that time, has built up the capability to handle most order fulfillment tasks. That includes EDI, kitting and assembly, subscription boxes, branded packaging, FBA prep, crowdfunding, and special projects. They are also able to fulfill big and bulky items, hazardous materials, food and beverages, CBD, raw materials, published materials, and automotive parts
In addition to excellent core services, WSI also boasts some attractive value-added services including secure storage, FTL & LTL freight services, transloading and cross-docking. Warehouses are both temperature and humidity controlled as well.
Location: PA, CA, TX, IL
- Good locations for rapid fulfillment anywhere in the continental US.
- Able to ship big & bulky items, hazmat, food & beverages, CBD, raw materials, published materials, and automotive parts.
- Additional services include secure storage, FTL & LTL, transloading, cross-docking, long-term storage, temperature control, and humidity control.
7. BroadRange Logistics
Much like Mainfreight, BroadRange Logistics is a one-stop shop for all their clients’ supply chain needs. BroadRange can handle order fulfillment, assembly and distribution, freight, consolidation and deconsolidation, and customs clearance. In other words, just about everything that comes after manufacturing.
BroadRange is an ideal company to work with when scalable operations are a concern. After all, it’s very easy to start using their order fulfillment services at first and then start using freight, customs, and other services later.
Regarding order fulfillment services, BroadRange provides everything companies would expect. That includes EDI, kitting and assembly, subscription boxes, branded packaging, FBA prep, crowdfunding, and special projects. BroadRange is also capable of handling cold storage and hazmat as well.
Location: GA, TX, PA, IN
- One-stop shop for all supply chain needs.
- Can help with freight, logistics, consolidation, and distribution.
- Can handle cold storage and hazmat.
Website: BroadRange Logistics
8. Traffic Tech
Traffic Tech has four warehouses strategically located around the country - New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, and Florida. This mix of warehouses makes it very easy to quickly ship to the northeast, southeast, and west.
Traffic Tech is a good fulfillment center, but what separates it from others are its value-added services. Traffic Tech is not only able to ship orders, but they also provide air and ocean freight services, giving clients plenty of good options for both FTL & LTL freight. They also have good transloading and cross-docking services, making Traffic Tech a good option for handling large amounts of cargo without getting multiple companies involved.
Traffic Tech also provides secure and long-term storage, both of which can be a relief to companies that are not sure if products will sell. Additionally, Traffic Tech provides temperature controlled storage which can be good for temperature-sensitive items like food and beverages and cosmetics.
Location: NJ, PA, CA, FL
- Multiple offices located throughout the world.
- Four warehouses throughout the country.
- Also provides air and ocean freight services.
Website: Traffic Tech
9. Titan Warehousing
Titan Warehousing is not a 3PL, but rather a 4PL. That means it is a company that contracts and coordinates between different third-party companies to handle its clients’ supply chains. The benefit of using a 4PL is that they are often able to create highly customized solutions based on their clients’ needs simply by contracting different companies for work.
With Titan Warehousing in particular, the following services are available: order fulfillment, short-term and long-term storage, dryage, freight delivery, transloading, and various value-added services such as kitting and assembly, labeling, and retail prep.
For companies seeking a highly customized supply chain solution, Titan Warehousing is a good choice!
Location: Levittown, PA
- Able to contract 3PLs for different supply chain needs on an ad hoc basis.
- Can handle order fulfillment, storage, drayage, freight, transloading, and more.
- Very customizable solution.
Website: Titan Warehousing
10. Shtiks Inc.
Shtiks Inc. is a solid all-around order fulfillment solution for businesses in need of eCommerce order fulfillment. Shtiks can handle just about everything an eCommerce business is likely to ever need, including EDI, retail fulfillment, kitting and assembly, subscription boxes, branded packaging, B2B fulfillment, FBA prep, crowdfunding fulfillment, and special project requests. Their website even specifically mentions their flexibility as a good reason to work with them.
Just about every eCommerce platform integrates directly with Shtiks, including Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, Walmart, WooCommerce, Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. Shtiks can also ship just about every kind of item, including big and bulky items, hazardous materials, food and beverage, wine and spirits, raw materials, and automotive parts.
Shtiks also provide secure and long-term storage, temperature controlled storage, FTL & LTL freight, transloading, and cross-docking.
Location: PA, NY
- Full suite of eCommerce order fulfillment services.
- Integrates with nearly every eCommerce channel, including Shopify, BigCommerce, Magento, Walmart, WooCommerce, Amazon, eBay, and Etsy.
- Able to fulfill big and bulky items, hazmat, food and beverage, wine and spirits, raw materials, and automotive parts.
- Value-added services include secure storage, FTL & LTL freight, transloading, cross-docking, long-term storage, and temperature control.
Website: Shtiks Inc.
Few companies are qualified to work with Outerspace, but those who are will find them to be an excellent partner. That’s because Outerspace serves businesses that have 20,000 or more orders per month. Unlike most 3PLs, Outerspace creates dedicated floor teams for each brand that they work with. Every client will receive high-touch, highly-customized customer service.
With dedicated personnel and high order volume, Outerspace is able to create bespoke fulfillment solutions for each client. In addition to being excellent at all the eCommerce fulfillment fundamentals, Outerspace has a lot of very rare value-added services. Among them, clients will find on-site embroidery, UV printing, laser engraving, and even a full-service photo for the creation of marketing materials.
Location: PA, AZ, NJ, NY
- Warehouse locations throughout the country.
- Creates dedicated floor teams specifically to serve each client.
- Bespoke solutions for high volume clients.
Getting Quotes From The Best 3PLs In Pennsylvania
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