Apparel Logistics

The apparel ecommerce market is expected to reach $759+ million by the end of year.

Starting an apparel online has a lot of opportunity, but it’s also super competitive.

Successful apparel brands have a secret: they optimise their apparel logistics strategy by outsourcing fulfilment to the experts.

That’s where ShipBob comes comes in.

ShipBob is a best-in-class 3PL that can optimise your apparel logistics strategy, so you can grow your business.

Read on to learn more about our fulfilment capabilities.

As we saw our small startup business beginning to gain traction, we needed to find a 3PL that could help us manage the thousands of orders we would get in minutes. When I was researching companies, I knew they had to be tech-enabled, integrate with Shopify, and a company that could scale with us. We found exactly that with ShipBob.

Jason Ton,

CFO of 100 Thieves

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What is apparel logistics?

Apparel logistics refers to outsourcing the ecommerce supply chain to a third-party. It involves the process of warehousing, managing inventory, picking and packing orders, and shipping orders in the most cost-effective way possible.

Establish a apparel logistics strategy with ShipBob

Choosing an apparel fulfilment provider requires an online merchant to consider questions of turnaround time, online store/marketplace software integration, branding options, and ultimately price.

With a global fulfilment network and best-in-class technology, ShipBob offers a wide range of fulfilment capabilities to help you create a cosmetics logistics strategy, including flexible fulfilment, advanced data and analytics, and other world-class logistics solutions.

“Last time we shipped our own packages, it took us 3 weeks. It took ShipBob less than 2 days. I couldn’t wait to delegate this business over, because the stress level was through the roof. I am just so grateful for ShipBob.”

Andrea Hamilton, founder of The Finer Things 1920

ShipBob has vast experience in fulfiling a wide range of apparel, including:

  • Women’s wear
  • Men’s wear
  • Children, toddler, and infant wear
  • Clothing accessories such as hats, gloves, scarves, and jewelry
  • Active wear
  • Footwear
  • And much more

Here is an overview of ShipBob’s apparel logistics solutions:

Fashion logistics

ShipBob partners with fast-growing fashion brands to help them compete in a competitive market. With ShipBob, fashion brands are able to meet customer demand and expand their reach geographically thanks to a growing fulfilment network and expertise in logistics.

Uniform logistics

ShipBob also partners with brands that offer uniforms for a variety of industries such as medical, education, and hospitality. With ShipBob, you’re able to get uniforms in the hands of the end user quickly and accurately, including the right size and colour.

We also make it easy to track inventory on the SKU level and control stock across our fulfilment network.

Fast, affordable shipping

ShipBob’s fast fulfilment and automated shipping capabilities ensures you meet customer expectations.

ShipBob offers a 2-Day Express Program, which enables enables fast delivery for all continental US orders for any of our ecommerce store integrations. With 2-day shipping as the standard, merchants have been able to reduce cart abandonment by 18% and increase average order value by 97%.

Returns management

Apparel often sees a high returns rate. But creating a solid returns management process can be a huge undertaking.

ShipBob’s order fulfilment solution gives you several different options on how to manage returns. We make it easy to manage all returns from one dashboard, and with every item returned, you have the option to have it restocked, quarantined, or disposed.

Additionally, ShipBob’s partner ecosystem is extensive and offers plenty of solutions to optimise your returns management process.

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.

Inventory management

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.

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.

Learn more about Prymal’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