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Outsourced vs In-House Managed Logistics

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Brewing Beer Is Just Half
the Process

Logistics is critical for breweries. It’s the bridge that connects your beer to consumers so it must be planned and managed with care.

However, if you don’t have sufficient and highly-trained manpower, logistics management can be extremely complicated, taxing, and expensive. You have to own or lease your own fleet, maintain it, rent a warehouse, and hire more staff.

On the other hand, maintaining an in-house logistics management system gives you complete control over the entire process. And with an in-house team, you can be sure the company’s values are completely understood.

This is the dilemma of brewery managers. Should they outsource logistics or keep it in-house?

As someone who frequently moves beer across the country, Brew Movers is an invaluable resource. They make our lives so much easier and their customer service is phenomenal!

— Kenny G, Hopculture
“Working with Brew Movers this past year has truly been a dream come true for the Deutsche Family and we look forward to the great service and quick turn arounds of our shipments in 2020 thank you so much to everyone at Brew Movers

— Doug, Deutsche Beverage Technology
Brew Movers has helped us transport brewery equipment, beer for out of state festivals, and beer ingredients several times over the past two years without any apprehension. The aggressive pricing and the quick response times means I will continue to use them whenever possible in the future.

— Jamie, Head Brewer & Owner: Southern Grist Brewery
We have used Brew Movers for shipping everything from a few cases to a 10 barrel system with great results! The Brew Movers crew is always super speedy and professional. So happy we made the switch!

— Megan, Business Mgr - Side Project Brewing
Brew Movers is the best in the business. Got hired on with my company with little knowledge in truckload shipping and LTL. Maria and Laura taught me everything I know today! They are the best! Both have pulled off some real magic, getting recovery trucks when things go wrong is never a problem for them! Love this company!

— Ryan Castro
Great team to work with. Excellent communication are their team and their online tracking platform and dashboard are so helpful. They are very customer focused and have always taken good care of us.

— Matt Virgil
Always enjoy working with Brandon and the Brew Movers team. Solid company with logistics experience to boot.

— Elijah-Blue Vieau
Brew Movers is a fantastic freight company that specializes in shipping beer and brewing supplies. Their customer service is best in class, and I'd recommend them to any company looking for affordable freight rates in the US and Canada.

— Chantelle Stone
Brandon and his crew were amazing to work with. They shipped an entire brewhouse for us. Truck arrived on time and nothing was damaged. I highly recommend these guys for any equipment shipping or tank shipping needs.

— Martin S
We have been using Brew Movers and we are extremely pleased with them. Whenever we can, we prefer to ship with them! Great customer service: Not only do we get a promptly response regarding estimates, but outstanding communication from pickup to final delivery. Brandon is our rep, and he always finds the best shipping costs, as well as getting last minute shipping arrangements, all done with a smile over the phone and the courtesy of getting the job done properly. I highly recommend this company!

— Christina Rowe
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Outsourced Managed

Brewery owners wear many hats, but managing logistics shouldn’t be one of them. When you outsource this step in the brewing process, you work with a primary freight broker, like Brew Movers, who handles everything.

We work hard to make sure your orders get shipped on time. When your inbound and outbound logistics are outsourced, you can focus on what’s most important—your beer. Learn more about our managed logistics services here.

The Benefits of Third-Party
Logistics Management

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Passing logistics operations to a third-party logistics (3PL) company frees up your time to focus on other critical operations.

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The expertise of 3PL companies is logistics. When you outsource logistics to them, you get expert management and solutions to logistics issues that lead to increased customer satisfaction

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You don’t have to invest in trucks, maintain equipment, hire drivers and staff, or manage compliance, safety, and liability.

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Outsourcing logistics lets you avoid investing in expensive supply chain software and other programs.

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You can scale your shipping needs at a moment’s notice, without hassle.

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Logistics involve many permits, contracts, safety ratings, and other grunt work. Logistics service providers help manage all of those which means reduced liabilities for you.


Companies with in-house logistics management usually have their own fleet of trucks and are capable of delivering items to customers straight from the closest distribution centre or retail outlet. This makes it simple and easy to control delivery timeframes. 

This is a good option if you have a high enough shipping volume for inbound and outbound logistics. Ideally, your in-house logistics expert will have previously worked with a carrier or broker and are exceptionally connected in the industry. This person should also handle negotiating your own rates/tariffs.

However, companies may have trouble finding a trustworthy third-party delivery service to collaborate with. Also, it is not always the best economic option for a brewery to rely on a single in-house person for this job, as small mistakes can turn into expensive clean-ups. 

The Benefits of In-House
Logistics Management

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You and your people know your business more than anyone else. This means every step of the logistics process will be aligned with your business values.

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You have complete control over your inventory, warehouse, and entire logistics operation. You choose how you want your beer to be stored, picked, packed, and shipped.

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Resolving issues with an in-house team is easier because everyone understands the level of communication expected of them. This reduces back-and-forth communication and the risk of any information getting lost in translation.

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The distance of the logistics service to production is near which optimizes the flow of the supply chain.

Which is Better for Your Business:
Outsourced or In-House Logistics Management?

Outsource In-House
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Access to expert logistic management
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Reduced costs
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Reduced back-office work
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Complete control
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Intimate knowledge of company values
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Optimized flow of the supply chain
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A Logistics Expert Who
Understands Your

Unlike other logistics companies that transport varied goods, we focus on only one product—beer. We know and ins and outs of everything that has to do with beer so you can be sure we understand your business and how important logistics is to you. If you want to learn more about our logistics management services, feel free to reach out to us at 888-720-3356,, or through our website.

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