While there are several different fulfillment pricing models, there are many common costs across third party logistics (“3PL”) services provider. Here are some of the expenses you may encounter when working with a 3PL and what to know before you sign an agreement.

Onboarding costsCosts to get 3PL fulfillment services and tech up and running.
Inventory receiving costsThe acceptance and storage of incoming inventory. Different 3PLs charge for receiving in different ways, including per-unit, per-pallet, flat rates, or per-hour.
Inventory storage costsWhen you store your inventory at a 3PL’s fulfillment centre, you will be charged for storage space. 3PL warehousing fees can range from per-SKU or per-unit storage to a fixed fee for each bin, shelf, or pallet used.
Order pick and pack costsNormally 3PLs charge on a per-pick basis, meaning you pay a fee for each item included in an order.
Packaging costsSome 3PLs will charge for packing materials such as boxes and airfill as a separate line item, while others include them as part of their fulfillment services.
Kitting costsKitting and assembly refers to any unique accommodations for the way in which items are arranged or packed before shipping. Because this service is so specific to each client, kitting fees can vary.
Shipping costsThe amount a 3PL charges to ship an order from their fulfillment centre to your customer’s doorstep. Shipping costs take a variety of factors into account, including shipping speed, shipping zones, and dimensional weight.

Since there is no one-size-fits-all fulfillment solution, there is no one pricing model that fits all businesses. However, that doesn’t mean you should be left in the dark on how much you’ll be paying for fulfillment costs when partnering with a 3PL. Unlike many 3PLs, Hello3PL offers transparent, custom pricing with no hidden fees. Our pricing model is reflective of a total fulfillment cost for direct-to-consumer fulfillment, so you’ll know exactly what your costs will be.

Below is a breakdown of the standard fees.

 ReceivingFlat rate$40 for the first two hours ($50/man hour after the first two hours)
StorageMonthly charge$40 per pallet/month, $10 per shelf/month, $5 per bin/month
 Pick and packIncluded in the cost$0.50 per pick
Standard packingIncluded in the costAt cost plain boxes, mailers, tape, and dunnage used to pack orders
ShippingSpecific to the orderVaries based on destination, weight, dimensions, shipping service, and more

Each pricing quote is customized to your unique needs. Ready to get started?