Extensiv Network Manager GA
July 27, 2022
Network Manager helps third-party logistics (3PLs) providers build and
manage networks of geographically distributed partner warehouses where a
brand's inventory is distributed across and shipped from multiple
warehouses, enabling lower cost, expedited delivery options while
retaining customer relationships, reducing risk and capital overhead.
Extensiv Network Manager combines software, services, tools, and
relationships that empower any 3PL, even those operating out of a single
warehouse, to partner closely with other 3PLs to service brands across
multiple geographically distributed warehouses. Unlike current homegrown
solutions that 3PLs may have cobbled together, Extensiv Network Manager
offers the key capabilities necessary to build and operate a hybrid
network, including sophisticated order routing rules as well as complete
visibility and control over all orders regardless of which node is
Until now, 3PLs looking to build this type of sophisticated fourth-party
logistics (4PL) network have had to raise massive funding rounds to pay
for the costly software development associated with these models. For
the first time, Extensiv Network Manager offers a productized offering
that allows even 3PLs with limited technical capabilities to build and
operate a software-enabled fulfillment network to compete with the likes
of Ship Bob and Deliverr. Additionally, unlike homegrown software
solutions, Extensiv Network Manager is a cloud-based, fully productized
and supported product that will continue to be developed and enhanced.
"Extensiv Network Manager leverages the company's deep experience
working with 3PLs and its industry-leading 3PL warehouse operations
platform to offer sophisticated fulfillment capabilities while
continuing to operate their warehouses using 3PL Warehouse Manager.
Consumer expectations are at an all-time high. Inflation has only
increased the need to keep shipping costs down, but consumers still
expect fast, and often next-day, delivery," said David Miller, VP of
strategy at Extensiv. "Single or even two warehouse fulfillment
approaches force brands to choose between paying exorbitant prices for
unprofitable expedited shipping or choosing low-cost saver services,
which results in painfully slow delivery times."
Early adopters have seen positive results already, with one customer,
Rocket Shippers, using Extensiv Network Manager to lower shipping costs
while decreasing transit times by intelligently routing orders to the
best-fit fulfillment center in their network.
"The Network Manager team did an amazing job streamlining our order
routing rules," said Matthew Schneider, Senior Account Manager at Rocket
Shippers. "Network Manager has made it so much easier to process Seller
Fulfilled Prime orders in our network as well as providing inventory
visibility across multiple facilities."
Solving Problems for 3PLs and Brands
As a brand's expectations of their fulfillment partners grow, 3PLs need
a low-risk, low-cost option to bring customers distributed inventory and
omnichannel fulfillment services while retaining direct relationships
with these brands. Space restrictions, start-up costs, risk volatility,
and other considerations keep smaller 3PLs from expanding into new
facilities, thus limiting their ability to service growing brands and
making their offering less competitive.
Many brands have tried to build their own multi-3PL fulfillment
strategies to offer faster or less expensive delivery. In the modern
technology-enabled supply chain, brands require the consistency of
service that can only be delivered by operating on a standard technology
platform with an identical configuration and shipping strategy across
every node. In today's era of heightened consumer expectations, brands
need to efficiently support not just ecommerce deliveries, but
omnichannel fulfillment. Extensiv Network Manager helps 3PLs deliver on
these rising expectations.
Introducing Extensiv Network Manager
Extensiv 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 the
nodes. Extensiv Network Manager provides the technology to operate a
reliable network of partner 3PL warehouses, working together to expand
geographic reach, increase service offerings, and improve SLAs while
reducing overall operating expenses for themselves and their customers.
3PLs utilize Extensiv Network Manager for:
Complete visibility: Inventory and transaction details are visible
across all networked warehouses in a single, dedicated management
portal. This eliminates duplicate 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 upon virtually unlimited business rules; seamless order flows from
cart to the WMS (3PL Warehouse Manager) and back without duplicate
setups or convoluted tagging, with real-time order processing status
across all servicing facilities.
Seamless inventory management: A holistic view of inventory levels
across network warehouses. Manage inventory throughout the network by
seeing real-time 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 only a few clicks to start fulfilling
across the network.
complement Extensiv Network Manager's software capabilities, Extensiv
launched an array of services to guide 3PLs through the process of
setting up a collaborative 4PL network. These services range from needs
analysis, collaboration on partner identification based upon geography
or service offering, as well as implementation services to initially
configure the fulfillment network.
Extensiv Network Manager builds on the recently launched Extensiv
Fulfillment Marketplace, a free resource that empowers 3PLs to identify
potential network partners that offer a complementary geographic
footprint and/or services.