3PL Companies with Multiple Fulfillment Centers

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Third-party logistics companies, also known as 3PLs, like ShipBob offer fulfillment logistics services for ecommerce retailers, including inventory management, picking, packing, and shipping orders. Some 3PL companies have multiple fulfillment centers across several locations, which can make them a more cost-effective and efficient choice for ecommerce merchants.

Why work with a 3PL company with multiple fulfillment centers?

Working with a 3PL company with multiple fulfillment centers allows you to leverage distributed inventory. Distributed inventory means that your ecommerce inventory is split across fulfillment center locations. Splitting your inventory across more than one warehouse can be cost-effective and make shipping faster for you and your customers.

When you work with a 3PL company with multiple fulfillment centers, you can match the speed and shipping costs of the largest retailers without having to build your own infrastructure or warehouse network.

ShipBob offers a robust fulfillment network that allows you to split inventory across any of ShipBob’s fulfillment centers to enable faster, affordable delivery.

For example, you could get started in ShipBob’s fulfillment centers in Melbourne or Sydney, and expand into another Australian location, or even to ShipBob’s fulfillment centers in other big ecommerce markets like America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Is working with a 3PL company with multiple fulfillment centers right for you?

If you ship a high volume of orders, distributed inventory can be a good choice for you. Even if your business is still small and not ready for distributed inventory yet, partnering with a 3PL with multiple fulfillment centers means that you will have a scalable solution when your business grows enough to the point that the shipping and logistics costs exceed the cost of additional warehouse space, in which case it would be more cost-effective to split your inventory across fulfillment centers.

Finally, if your customers reside in a variety of geographical regions, it can be more cost-effective to split inventory across fulfillment centers for the same reasons detailed above. For example, if you only sell Collingwood Football Club merch, you’re likely to receive the majority of your orders from within Melbourne; in that case, it might not be wise to have a warehouse in Sydney.

ShipBob owns several fulfillment centers within Australia, and also in America, Canada, mainland Europe, and the United Kingdom. We strive to further reduce the distance packages travel and to help our clients save on fulfillment costs and times.

Hear from a ShipBob customer

The Adventure Challenge has grown really fast. They use ShipBob’s international fulfilment centres to help keep up with consistent demand for their products abroad, while tapping into that demand much more cost-effectively. They have stock in ShipBob’s fulfilment centres in Australia, the UK, Poland, Canada, and America.

“A quarter of our sales are international. With new locations being added all the time, ShipBob helps us service customers in more and more countries around the world over time.”

Aaron Patterson, COO of The Adventure Challenge


For more information on splitting inventory or fulfilment, reach out to ShipBob and receive a quote by filling out the form below.

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