Children’s Goods Fulfilment Services
Whether it’s back-to-school items, stumbling across the perfect kid’s birthday gift, or finding educational products — parents and educators are shopping online more than ever to find what they need.
Selling children’s goods online provides a lot of opportunity for brands to expand their product lines and serve more customers. But in order to stay competitive — every online children’s brand needs a strong fulfilment strategy.
ShipBob can help.
ShipBob is a best-in-class global fulfilment provider with premium technology. With ShipBob, you can expand your brand without being tied down in day-to-day operations.
Read on to learn how ShipBob can help you expand your children’s brand.
Since partnering with ShipBob, we’ve been able to scale our business from $300,000 in sales per year to over $1.1 million due to infrastructure, technology, and scalability improvements.
COO of iloveplum
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What is children’s goods fulfilment?
Children goods retail fulfilment involves the picking, packing, and shipping process of items such as toys, kids and teen apparel, shoes, educational products, books, baby products, and more.
Selling goods for kids online has expanded greatly, making it easy for busy parents, as well as teaches and educators, to find what they need. But whether it’s products for back-to-school items, special birthdays and celebrations, or for educational purposes — selling products for kids online requires a strategic fulfilment strategy to stay competitive.
ShipBob’s order fulfilment process
ShipBob takes care of the entire order fulfilment process for you, so you can save time, money, and headaches. Here’s an overview of ShipBob’s proven fulfilment process.
Step 1: Receiving
Once you fill out a Warehouse Receiving Order (WRO), which includes an overview of what we’re receiving, you can ship your inventory to one or more of our fulfilment centres to be stored.
By distributing your inventory across out network, you can enable affordable, 2-day shipping for customers by reducing the amount of shipping zones a package must travel through to reach its destination.
Each SKU has a separate dedicated storage location, either on a shelf, in a bin, or on a pallet.
Step 2: Picking and packing
As soon as an order is placed on your online store, ShipBob automatically receives the order and it is assigned to a warehouse picking team or a picker. Our picking team receives a picking list of the items, quantities, and storage locations at the facility to collect the ordered products from their respective locations.
For packing, we offer standard packing materials — brown boxes, yellow bubble mailers, white poly bags, packing tape, and dunnage — at no extra cost. For a more custom solution, we also allow the use of custom packaging.
We also offer subscription or recurring order capabilities, so you can offer a reliable subscription service for your customers.
“I find you really get to engage with your customers more when you have a subscription relationship. For Jetson, it means that orders to our base are less transactional and more educational or entertaining.”
Stefan Weitz, CEO and founder of Jetson
Step 3: Shipping
ShipBob offers volume shipping discounts from major couriers such as Australia Post.
Last-mile delivery is one of the most expensive parts of the fulfilment process, so shipping discounts can save your business lots of money in the long run.
ShipBob’s 2-Day Express Shipping increased our AOV by 97% — from $75 to $148. And we were able to scale our business from $300,000 in sales per year to over $1.1M.
Ryan Casas,COO of iloveplum
How ShipBob works
Partnering with ShipBob as your 3PL is easy. We offer fast onboarding, direct integrations with leading ecommerce platforms, and inventory and order management tools to provide transparency into the entire fulfilment and shipping process.
Here’s an overview:
Sync your store with ShipBob
ShipBob makes syncing your online store simple with direct integrations with leading ecommerce platforms, including Shopify, BigCommerce, Wix, Squarespace, WooCommerce, and Square Online.
Visibility into the fulfilment process
Maintain end-to-end control of the fulfilment process from your ShipBob dashboard. Search for orders, monitor order status, and track packages as they ship to customers.
“The technology ShipBob offers is the real differentiator, and the selling point is the visibility and transparency of the dashboard.”
Brett Miller, CEO, BRIK
Track inventory in real time
Once your store is connected to ShipBob’s dashboard, you get a number of valuable inventory management tools at your disposal. View inventory levels in real-time, set reorder points, keep a safety stock, and distribute your inventory strategically so you always have product in the right place at the right time.
Read on to learn more about how ShipBob works.
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.
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.
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.
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.