ShipBob is an international 3PL that offers fulfilment solutions with locations in multiple countries.
Our international fulfilment network allows ecommerce businesses to distribute inventory closer to their customers, allowing them to expand their reach while reducing shipping costs and transit times.
Learn more about the benefits of partnering with ShipBob, an international 3PL provider.
When I first started looking at ShipBob, it sounded too good to be true with their international locations that could cover all my bases.
Founder & CEO of Juspy
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What is an international 3PL
An international 3PL operates multiple fulfilment centre locations in different parts of the world. A 3PL’s international fulfilment network is powered by the same fulfilment technology, which allows merchants to expand their geographic reach while still managing their entire supply chain from one dashboard.
Though many 3PLs ship to different international locations, an international 3PL provides both international shipping and fulfilment solutions.
Benefits of partnering with an international 3PL like ShipBob
ShipBob is a 3PL with international fulfilment capabilities. ShipBob continues to invest in international infrastructure to enable merchants to expand into new markets with ease.
“When I first started looking at ShipBob, it sounded too good to be true with their international locations that could cover all my bases (eventually even getting into the United States and Canada).
When I was shipping orders myself, what I paid per order is the same price now to pick, pack, and ship orders through ShipBob. It’s even much cheaper to ship to certain countries, which used to take ages and often got lost with localised post here.
Now, I have very transparent pricing, and I can easily run and plan my business.”
It’s not uncommon for it to take a month for an international order to be delivered. But with ShipBob, you’re able to create a better experience for your international customers by storing inventory within different countries.
Keeping your inventory near where a bulk of your international customers are located reduces the time in transit, allowing for international orders to get to customers faster.
“As we expand our online presence into Canada, both directly and selling through Walmart, we knew we needed a trusted fulfilment partner with a physical presence in Canada. We have seen that Canadian customers order more when they know the order ships from within Canada and they do not need to worry about additional taxes if the order comes from the US.
From our history through the years with ShipBob, it was a no-brainer to expand into other markets with them knowing that they have done their due diligence to meet the ShipBob standard.”
Marc Fontanetta, Director of Operations at BAKblade
Lower shipping costs
With an international 3PL like ShipBob, you can reduce shipping costs. For example, if you operate your business outside of the US, you can reduce the distance a package travels, which means you can ship to lower shipping zones in the US.
“We partnered with ShipBob to scale up operations in the United States. We’ve seen a reduction of 70% on shipping costs in the US, which helps keep conversions high.”
ShipBob also offers bulk discounted shipping rates with domestic and international couriers.
It’s easy to get started
Once you sync your online store to our technology, we help get you up and running quickly. As soon as we receive you inventory, the orders are automatically sent to the closest fulfilment centre to the order’s destination to be picked, packed and shipped.
“When I found out ShipBob was expanding into both Canada and Europe, I knew we wanted to expand our physical footprint with them.
This would offer us the ability to reduce taxes and tariffs that come with international shipping. Now, Canadian-based orders will see a large reduction in shipping costs.”
With ShipBob’s network of fulfilment centres, 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 courier 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 fulfilment centre.
You can also distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s fulfilment centres 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 fulfilment process (e.g. when an order is picked, packed, or shipped), easily find shipping-related information (e.g., weights, dimensions, or courier 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.
At ShipBob, we empower merchants to manage their inventory with the right tools and guidance. It’s easy to view the status of inventory and quantity on hand across locations at any point in time, identify slow-moving inventory with high storage costs, and gain insights into the performance of units sold over time by channel.
Our inventory management software helps you set reminders to proactively replenish inventory with reorder notifications, bundle your products for promotions, make inventory transfer requests, and much more.
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 fulfilment centres 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 fulfilment 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 fulfilment and logistics
Save on fulfilment costs
Coffee creamer brand Prymal joined ShipBob in 2019 and was quickly able to save $8,000 per month on fulfilment costs, while at the same time achieving 4x growth.