Action Sports Fulfilment

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 fulfilment and shipping. That’s where ShipBob comes in, a best-in-class 3PL that offers action sports fulfilment and shipping solutions for fast-growing brands.

We weren’t looking for the cheapest option, we were looking for the partner that was going to help us scale and would give us a white-glove customer experience because we knew we needed it. Not being able to get in touch with someone when a pro player needed gloves overnighted just wasn’t an option for us. ShipBob has been able to provide that for us.

Courtney Trevino,

VP of Finance & Ops at BRUCE BOLT

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What is action sports fulfilment?

Action sports fulfilment 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 fulfilment 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 fulfilment centre(s) in which to store your inventory that are closest to your end consumers to help reduce the distance travelled 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 decisions. 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.

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 fulfilment centre 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.

Distributed inventory

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.

Order management

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.

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.

Save on shipping costs

Roundnet game, Spikeball, switched to ShipBob’s warehouse management system (WMS) for in-house fulfilment and now saves $400,000 in shipping annually.

Learn more about Spikeball’s growth

Improve your conversion rate

Not only was BAKblade able to scale internationally by partnering with ShipBob, but they found adding 2-Day Shipping increased their conversions as well.

Learn more about BAKblades’s growth

Store, ship, and grow internationally

Sunglasses brand Ombraz distributed their inventory across 3 fulfilment centres in two different countries. This has allowed them to ship to 55 countries on seven continents.

Learn more about Ombraz’s growth