Extensive Launches Network Manager, Allowing 3PLs to Build Collaborative Distributed Fulfillment Networks – Yahoo Finance | Region & Cash

New software enables 3PLs to grow by creating and managing 4PL networks that expand their geographic footprint



EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Extensiv — provider of omnichannel software solutions for warehousing, inventory and order management — announced today Extensive Network Manager to help Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) build and manage networks of geographically dispersed partner warehouses where a brand’s inventory is distributed across and shipped from multiple warehouses, enabling lower-cost, expedited delivery options while preserving customer relationships remain, risk and capital expenditure are reduced.

Extensive Network Manager combines software, services, tools and relationships that enable any 3PL, even those operating from a single warehouse, to work closely with other 3PLs to serve brands across multiple geographically dispersed warehouses. Unlike current home-grown solutions that 3PLs may have cobbled together, Extensiv Network Manager provides the key features needed to build and operate a hybrid network, including sophisticated order-routing rules and complete visibility and control over all orders, regardless of which node sends it.

Previously, 3PLs wanting to build this type of advanced logistics network (4PL) had to raise massive rounds of funding to pay for the costly software development associated with these models. For the first time, Extensiv Network Manager offers a product offering that enables even 3PLs with limited technical skills to build and operate a software-enabled fulfillment network to compete with the likes of Ship Bob and Deliverr. Furthermore, unlike self-developed software solutions, Extensiv Network Manager is a cloud-based, fully produced and supported product that is continuously being developed and improved.

Extensive Network Manager leverages the company’s extensive experience working with 3PLs and its industry-leading 3PL warehouse operations platform to offer sophisticated fulfillment capabilities while continuing to operate its warehouses with 3PL Warehouse Manager. Consumer expectations are at an all-time high. Inflation has only increased the need to keep shipping costs low, but consumers still expect fast and often next-day delivery,” said David Miller, VP of strategy at Extensive, avoiding paying exorbitant prices for unprofitable expedited shipping or the choice cheaper savings services, resulting in excruciatingly long delivery times.”

Early adopters have already seen positive results, with one customer, Rocket Shippers, using Extensiv Network Manager to reduce shipping costs while reducing transit times by intelligently routing orders to the most appropriate fulfillment center in their network.

“The Network Manager team has done an excellent job in streamlining our order routing rules,” said Matthew Schneider, Senior Account Manager at Rocket Shippers. “Network Manager has made it so much easier for sellers in our network to process Prime orders and provided inventory visibility across multiple facilities.”

Problem solving for 3PLs and brands

As a brand’s expectations of their fulfillment partners increase, 3PLs need a low-risk and cost-effective option to offer customers distributed inventory and omnichannel fulfillment services while maintaining direct relationships with those brands. Space constraints, start-up costs, risk volatility, and other considerations discourage smaller 3PLs from expanding into new facilities, limiting their ability to serve growing brands and making their offering less competitive.

Many brands have attempted to build their own multi-3PL fulfillment strategies to offer faster or cheaper delivery. In today’s technology-enabled supply chain, brands require the consistency of services that can only be provided by operating on a standard technology platform with an identical configuration and shipping strategy across all nodes. In today’s era of heightened consumer expectations, brands need to efficiently support not only e-commerce delivery but also omnichannel fulfillment. Extensiv Network Manager helps 3PLs meet these rising expectations.

Introduction of Extensive Network Manager

Extensive Network Manager enables 3PL warehouses to build relationships with other 3PLs to expand their footprint and compete at scale, while ensuring brands have a seamless and consistent experience across all nodes. Extensive Network Manager provides the technology to operate a reliable network of partner 3PL warehouses working together to expand geographic reach, broaden service offerings, and improve SLAs while lowering the total cost of ownership for itself and its customers.

Use 3PLs Extensive Network Manager to the:

  • Full Visibility: Inventory and transaction details are visible across all connected warehouses in a single, dedicated management portal. This avoids double entry and the confusion of multiple logins and systems.

  • Order routing: Logic-based order routing and management tools automatically send orders to the best fulfillment center in the network based on virtually unlimited business rules; Seamless order flow from shopping cart to WMS (3PL Warehouse Manager) and back without duplicate setup or complicated labeling, with real-time order processing status in all service facilities.

  • Seamless Inventory Management: A holistic view of stock levels in network warehouses. Manage inventory across the network by viewing real-time stock levels and alerts.

  • Simplified setup and maintenance: Configurable cloud-based software eliminates complexity and can be set up with minimal time and effort. Add new fulfillment nodes with just a few clicks to start fulfilling across the network.

To complement Extensiv Network Manager’s software capabilities, Extensiv has introduced a suite of services to guide 3PLs through the process of setting up a collaborative 4PL network. These services range from needs analysis, collaborating on partner identification based on geography or service offering, and implementation services to initial configuration of the fulfillment network.

Extensiv Network Manager builds on the recently launched Extensiv Fulfillment Marketplace, a free resource that allows 3PLs to identify potential network partners that offer a complementary geographic footprint and/or services.

To learn more about Extensiv Network Manager, go to: www.extensiv.com/extensiv-network-manager. To find 3PL partners and build your network, go to: www.extensiv.com/fulfillment-marketplace.

About Extensive

Extensiv, formerly 3PL Central, is a visionary technology leader focused on shaping the future of omnichannel fulfillment. We work with warehouse professionals and entrepreneurial brands to transform their fulfillment operations in the radically changing world of commerce and consumer expectations. Through our unrivaled network of 1,500+ connected 3PLs and a suite of integrated, cloud-native Warehouse Management (WMS), Order Management (OMS) and Inventory Management (IMS) software, we enable modern retailers and brands to meet demand anywhere with superior flexibility and scalability without painful platform migrations as they grow. More than 25,000 logistics professionals and thousands of brands trust Extensiv every day to drive commerce at the pace modern consumers expect.

Media contacts:

Bret Clemens, Clemens | Peterson for extensive
Rachel Trindade, Extensive

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