From waterskiing to snowboarding, there is an action sport for every season, which makes it a great ecommerce business. You can sell products based on seasonality to customers all over the world.
But online action sports brands often face challenges when it comes to ecommerce fulfillment and shipping. That’s where ShipBob comes in, a best-in-class 3PL that offers action sports fulfillment and shipping solutions for fast-growing brands.
It’s fun to see orders shipping out instantaneously. I love how fast and efficient ShipBob is. Their shipping costs are very reasonable, and their platform makes fulfillment feel so easy.
Operations Manager of SuperSpeed Golf
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What is action sports fulfillment?
Action sports fulfillment involves the storing of inventory and picking, packing, and shipping of customer orders. Items can include skateboards, snowboards and gear, water skis, rollerblades and skates, and more. Action sports items require safe warehousing, proper inventory management, and affordable shipping as items can be heavier, harder to store, and more expensive to ship.
Challenges of action sports fulfillment and shipping
Whether it’s selling larger items like snowboards or skateboards, or smaller items like gear and other sports equipment, ShipBob can help. At ShipBob, we’re experts at making sure your inventory is stored properly to avoid damage and items being warped.
Although ShipBob has processes in place to reduce the risk of damage, some issues can arise while orders are in transit that are outside of our control. When shipping damages occur, we file claims on behalf of the merchant at no additional cost. We also help you choose the fulfillment center(s) in which to store your inventory that are closest to your end consumers to help reduce the distance traveled and time in transit.
If you sell sports action gear, chances are monthly order volume is based heavily on seasonality. ShipBob offers built-in inventory management and inventory forecasting tools to help you keep track of your inventory and make better decision. Using the ShipBob dashboard, you can closely track inventory levels at each location, identify slow-moving inventory, set reorder notification points to, and much more. We also don’t require a minimum monthly order volume, which provides flexibility in your fulfillment process.
How ShipBob works
ShipBob’s software fully integrates with your ecommerce store to sync inventory and orders. Once they have your inventory, you can set reorder points to restock in time, view advanced data and analytics to understand performance, and much more. Store owners can keep an eye on all logistics operations from our single, central dashboard.
Additionally, ShipBob’s partner ecosystem offers more tools and solutions for everything from marketing to inventory planning and returns management. This provides you with the ability to create an end-to-end ecommerce solution that meets your brand’s needs.
Get started with ShipBob
With ShipBob, you can reduce shipping costs and capital expenditures, have high volumes of inventory managed at once, decrease the amount of time your employees spend on administrative tasks, and much more. ShipBob is an essential partner that will save you money, time, and headaches.
Once you connect your store with ShipBob’s technology, you can ship inventory to one or more of our fulfillment center locations. As soon as orders are placed on your online store, we’ll take care of picking, packing and shipping process on your behalf. Read on to learn the benefits of partnering with ShipBob.
With ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers, you can strategically split your inventory across our locations to get your products from point A to point B more quickly and affordably. Storing inventory near your customers helps reduce the shipping zones and costs associated with shipping orders to faraway destinations.
Distributed inventory also helps you stay competitive by offering fast shipping to your customers. When an order is placed, ShipBob’s algorithm automatically selects the warehouse and carrier that will give you the quickest turnaround at the best price. This strategy has helped our merchants bring 13% savings to their bottom line.
100% Coverage Across the Continental US
If you’re looking to expand into the United States, ShipBob has 2-Day Express Shipping that provides 100% coverage in the continental US from even just one fulfillment center.
You can also distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s fulfillment centers across all regions of the United States. We leave it up to you to decide where you want us to store your inventory.
At ShipBob, we track your orders from A to Z. Filter orders by status, search for specific orders, see a quick timeline view of where your order is in the fulfillment process (e.g. when an order is picked, packed, or shipped), easily find shipping-related information (e.g., weights, dimensions, or carrier service), and get a quick snapshot of any orders that require action.
With order management software for your direct-to-consumer and wholesale shipments, you can manage subscriptions, make changes to your orders post-purchase, map your store’s shipping options to ShipBob, and automatically share tracking information with your customers.
Reporting and analytics
To provide you with visibility into our operations and performance, and also hold ourselves accountable, ShipBob’s free analytics tool is packed with charts to help you with everything from year-end reporting, to better supply chain decision-making.
Data can be a competitive advantage, and our reports show an analysis of which fulfillment centers you should stock, days of inventory left before you run out, impact of promotions on stock levels, each shipping method’s average cart value, shipping cost, and days in transit, your fulfillment cost per order, storage cost per unit, and much more.
End-to-end customer experience
We care about the customer experience as much as you and strive to be an extension of your team. From custom branded boxes to free plain packaging, ShipBob works with you to provide the unboxing experience you want. We also help you offer the fastest, most cost-effective shipping options to meet your customers’ expectations.
As soon as an order ships, tracking is pushed back to your store. We also offer return management services, allowing customers to generate return shipping labels and track returns, while getting your products processed and back into your available inventory as efficiently as possible.
How ShipBob improves your fulfillment and logistics
Save on fulfillment costs
Coffee creamer brand Prymal joined ShipBob in 2019 and was quickly able to save $8,000 per month on fulfillment costs, while at the same time achieving 4x growth.