Third-party logistics companies, also known as 3PLs, offer fulfillment services for e-commerce retailers, including inventory management, picking, packing, and shipping orders. This streamlined process frees up the entire distribution arm for online retailers, giving them the freedom to focus on what their company does best: creating and selling great products.

This is great news for companies that find fulfillment logistics to be time-consuming, expensive, and unrewarding. Often 3PLs can offer faster packing and shipping times at a lower cost than merchants fulfilling in-house. This is because 3PLs are built to handle order volume at scale, turn orders around quickly, and maximize resources like valuable relationships with national shipping companies.

When fulfillment is outsourced to a 3PL, the 3PL will pick the products in the warehouse, pack them securely, and prepare them for shipment. Because 3PLs are designed to handle large volumes, their systems can help reduce the number of mis-picks and mis-ships that occur, increasing customer satisfaction and reducing costs even further.

Fulfillment Services from 3PLs

Offering comprehensive fulfillment services with transparent pricing makes ShipBob a leader among 3PLs. These services include:

Inventory management. With ShipBob, we make it easy to keep track of your inventory with the click of a button. Our proprietary free cloud software offers you a bird’s-eye view of your products, orders, sales, and more. Reorder notifications allow you plenty of time to reorder before you run low.

Distributed inventory. ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers across the U.S. ensures that your products are closer to your end customer before they even place an order. The benefits are twofold: your shipping costs are reduced, and your customer enjoys faster shipping.

Two-day shipping. Today more than ever, customers expect fast, accurate shipping no matter where they’re ordering. All of ShipBob’s fulfillment services come with a guaranteed two-day shipping promise, allowing you to keep up with national retailers no matter your size.

White-label service. Brand identity is key to building customer loyalty. Whether you choose ShipBob’s free unbranded packing materials or use your own custom branded boxes, our name won’t appear on our boxes outside of the shipping label. You can also use your own custom branded boxes.

Fast, easy onboarding. Get your ShipBob account up and running quickly and easily. Our free software is intuitive to use and available anywhere you have an internet connection.

Top-notch customer service. The only thing we pride ourselves on more than our fulfillment services is customer service. We’re here when you need us most — day or night — to ensure that you and your customers have an awesome experience.

3PLs specialize in the needs of e-commerce merchants of all sizes, from early startups to enterprise-level corporations. Even crowdfunding campaigns can utilize 3PLs to reduce stress, fulfillment costs, and increase customer satisfaction.

When you choose to outsource your fulfillment services to ShipBob, you maintain control over your packaging, your brand, and your customers. Let ShipBob pick, pack, and ship your orders for less than it costs you to do it yourself.

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