Solar Farm Logistics: In-House Transport
In-house transportation, or in-house logistics, is when a company has its own staff, facilities, and assets to handle logistics in-house. This can be a costly investment, especially with newer companies that have yet to set up the infrastructure required for this. However, there are several benefits to keeping your logistics in-house.
For starters, in-house transportation gives you complete control over the entire logistics process. Solar farm projects often involve a lot of items such as panels, cabling, and other pieces of hardware. Many of these can be sensitive to vibrations and are easily damaged, so it’s important to transport them carefully. They also must be stored properly before transportation. These factors are easy to control when using in-house transportation. In short, no business but yourself will understand how to best handle and transport your products.
It’s also much easier to resolve issues when you manage them in-house. Working through another company to handle complications and delays can be stressful because you don’t have complete control over the process.
Solar Farm Logistics: Third-party logistics (3PL)
Third-party logistics, also known as 3PL, is when you hire another company to help with your logistics. It’s often less expensive because you don’t need to set up infrastructure and hire employees, and it can offer a surprising amount of flexibility. However, you won’t have as much control over the logistics process.
When starting a solar farm project, it can be important to reduce upfront costs so that more of your investment can be focused on important hardware such as solar panels. It’s also worth considering scalability. Scaling an in-house logistics system is more time-consuming and will likely cost more money since it involves hiring new staff and purchasing equipment such as vehicles.
However, the added service costs of hiring a 3PL may grow higher than the costs of investing in your own in-house transportation network. These costs may seem low at first, but can quickly add up over time. If the solar farm project will only take place over a set period of time, then it can be worth calculating the total costs. However, if it’s a long-term project that you plan to scale, the initial investment into in-house transportation may offer better value.
How To Decide Between In-House Transport & 3PL For Your Solar Farm Logistics
Deciding between in-house logistics and 3PL will depend on both your short-term and long-term goals. Both have value in logistics in the solar panel industry, and it’s best to consider your company’s circumstances and needs.
Venture Steel offers an experienced in-house logistics team as part of our solar panel farm division. Contact us today to see how we can help get your project in motion with our logistics team.