August 26, 2013 // Franchising.com // Salt Lake City, UT – For the second consecutive year, Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC, the nation’s first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers, was ranked on Inbound Logistics magazine’s annual Readers' Choice Top 10 3PL Excellence Award "3PLs to Watch" list for 2013. The list, that included a total of 15 3PLs out of the hundreds of potential companies, recognizes third-party logistics companies that made a strong showing in this year’s poll based on excellent service from a customer standpoint.
Since the publication produced its first issue in 1981, Inbound Logistics has become the information leader in supply chain and logistics management. The magazine coined the term 3PL and began producing the annual 3PL issue with the Top 3PL lists, which is the industry standard on the 3PL segment.
According to the survey, 64 percent of the voters value a 3PL that has superior customer service. 3PL’s that help company’s get organized, streamline operations and build the best supply chain possible are the 3PLs that ranked the highest.
"We are honored that our efforts are being awarded for a second year in a row by our customers," said Kevin Lathrop, President of Unishippers. "The strong connections our franchisees have built with their customer base combined with our small to mid-size business focused value proposition and specialized services, has proven to be a great mode."
With more than 290 franchise locations, Unishippers provides small and mid-size business owners a complete line of shipping options, including express, ground, freight, and international, all from one company. Partnering with more than 30 regional and national shipping carriers, including UPS®, YRC™, Estes, and Saia, Unishippers can offer small and mid-sized business owners complete shipping options, attractive pricing, and local customer service that its customers can’t receive anywhere else. As one of only two companies authorized by UPS to be their official shipping reseller, Unishippers has found success with this partnership because each company complements the other.
"For more than 25 years, Unishippers has been saving customers time, trouble and money," added Lathrop. "The foundation of our company is built on proactively meeting the unique needs of each of our customers, and we look forward to providing that quality of service for many years to come."
In order to greater assist its customers, Unishippers also has a wide array of superior technological tools and management systems designed especially for the SMB market in place. In addition to its proprietary transportation management software, including Freight Manager and Express Manager, that assist customers rating and routing their shipments, Unishippers also provides an innovative customer relationship management (CRM) system built specifically for Unishippers that makes customer management and billing simple, customizable and efficient.
Founded in 1987, Unishippers has grown to become the largest reseller of shipping services in the nation with more than 290 franchise locations. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, the Unishippers concept is simple – work with major carriers including UPS®, Saia®, Estes®, YRC Freight™ and UPS Freight® to handle the pickup, transport and delivery of customers’ shipments. All the while, local franchisees work to provide customers with service and support. By leveraging the combined shipping volume of all its customers, Unishippers gets deeply discounted rates from its carriers, resulting in lower shipping costs. Unishippers serves more than 50,000 small to mid-sized businesses, and has been recognized as a top freight broker by Transport Topics and a top franchise by Entrepreneur, Franchise Times and the Inc. 5000. For information on Unishippers, including information on franchising opportunities and price quotes, visit www.unishippers.com.
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