When looking for a fulfillment company it is important to consider many factors. Hopkins Distribution, a Third Party Logistics (3PL) specialist, provides clients with a wide array of highly technical yet cost-efficient options for fulfillment, distribution and warehousing challenges. Below are some items you can expect from Hopkins Distribution.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) – The transfer of data between two partner companies. Hopkins provides our clients with the data they need to use to create sales for the “big box” companies that require data transfer. Advanced shipment notification (ASN) data is provided and can be sent directly to our clients or can be provided to any Internet trading partner.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer files from one computer to another computer over an internet-based network. Nightly Inventory, hourly inventory, shipped orders, order tracking information, and EDI data files can be stored on the Hopkins FTP servers and can be accessed by your company 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Email Importing: Hopkins can receive orders via email from our clients. Upon the importing of order information into our databases, Hopkins will generate an import report in pdf format and will instantly send the imported orders report to our clients for verification of the received orders.
Email Exporting: Sending shipped order information, shipment-tracking information, and real-time inventory data from our email servers can happen whenever our clients need that data.
Automated Consignee emails: Every night, our servers automatically generate emails to our client’s consignees telling them their shipment status, which includes: tracking numbers, shipping address, carrier, shipped item information.
Automated Carrier Load-Out Emails: Hopkins provides our partner carriers the information they need to see at 3:00pm PST that helps them accomplish first-break load out plans. What this means for our clients is faster turn around of the freight at the local level, which facilitates the freight moving timely the same night it is received by our carriers.