Health & Beauty Logistics

In today’s online market, health and beauty brands are primed for success.

D2C brands that offer health and beauty products have a major opportunity to grow quickly and expand into international markets.

But with fast growth comes more challenges — especially when it comes to logistics.

That’s why fast-growing health and beauty brands partner with a 3PL that have the logistics infrastructure and premium technology to take their brand to the next level.

ShipBob is a premium health and beauty logistics, offering a global fulfilment network, technology, advanced data and analytics, and customer support that enables growth.

Read on to learn how ShipBob can help you grow your business.

Touchland has been working with ShipBob since 2018 and there are several reasons why ShipBob has been the perfect partner. Overall, we have had a great experience having a ShipBob as a partner that can scale fast with us.

Andrea Lisbona,

Founder & CEO of Touchland

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What is health and beauty logistics?

Health and beauty logistics refers to outsourcing the ecommerce supply chain to a third-party. This includes warehousing, inventory management, pick and pack, and automated shipping.

Third-parties like ShipBob focus on providing the fulfilment infrastructure and technology needed to support health and beauty brands in meeting customer expectations around fast, affordable shipping while keeping logistics costs low.

ShipBob’s health and beauty logistics expertise

With so much competition in the health, beauty, and wellness industry, it’s important to consider your logistics strategy as a revenue driver and a way to build customer loyalty.

Offering fast and affordable shipping, along with an exceptional unboxing experience, has been proven to significantly reduce cart abandonment and keep customers coming back for more.

“We need to deliver quickly and inexpensively. Since switching to ShipBob from our previous 3PL, our fulfilment cost on comparable orders went down by 25%.”

Michael Peters, VP of E-Commerce Operations at TB12

ShipBob can help you meet customer expectations. Here is an overview of the health and beauty fulfilment solutions offered by ShipBob.

Unboxing experience

While a temporary moment, an unboxing experience is part of the product that customers are buying. The extra effort you put into packaging has the potential to increase the perceived value of your product. Psychologically, it feels good to open a package that’s aesthetically appealing.

ShipBob offers several different packaging options and partners, so you can design a custom box or poly mailer with inserts that will keep your customers delighted and coming back for more.

ShipBob also allows you to include branded, personal gift notes to your shoppers will make the unboxing experience even more memorable (you can even let your customers add a custom gift note at checkout if they are sending a present to someone special).

Subscription management

For most health and beauty brands, customer acquisition costs are high. That’s why it’s important to consider ways to keep customers hooked and coming back for more. The number one goal is to not only get your customers to convert, but also to lock in recurring revenue and increase their LTV.

By implementing a recurring orders model, you can ship products to your customers on a regular, predetermined basis.

With ShipBob’s easy integrations, merchants can seamlessly connect their online store to ShipBob’s technology and leverage subscription apps (e.g., ReCharge, Bold Subscriptions, etc.), or use ShipBob’s Developer API to get subscription box orders fulfiled automatically and reliably.

“ShipBob’s API lets us build custom logic since we ship personalised products with lots of variations in the kits we send. We can write a few lines of code instead of creating a manual kit for each possible order combination as we’d have to do in a tool like Shopify.”

Oded Harth, CEO & Co-Founder of MDacne

2-day shipping

To stay competitive, health and beauty brands are quickly changing their shipping strategy to meet with customer expectations. By offering 2-day shipping, you can reduce cart abandonment and build a loyal customer base.

ShipBob offers a network of fulfilment centres, you have the option to split inventory across multiple locations, known as distributed inventory. Utilising fulfilment centres in different regions can reduce transit times for customers and shipping costs for you.

With ShipBob’s robust fulfilment network, you can store inventory in the locations that make the most sense for your business. Our technology automatically routes each order to the fulfilment centre that’s closest to the shipping destination for the most efficient delivery.

ShipBob also offers a 2-Day Express Shipping Program, which has been proven to bring in new customers and drive repeat purchases for health and beauty merchants.

International shipping

Shipping across the country is one thing, but shipping across the globe can be a challenge. Scaling internationally can enable your business to grow at speeds faster than in your home market, and allow you to build a global customer base.

ShipBob takes this into account, and can advise you on how logistics can help you scale faster overseas.

ShipBob operates an international fulfilment network and can ship orders to all countries where the major shipping couriers deliver to, and we also negotiate bulk discount rates with couriers to provide simple and affordable international shipping capabilities, such as DDP shipping services to freight shipping.

We’ve seen a reduction of 70% on shipping costs in the US, which helps keep conversions high. When we joined ShipBob, only 20% of our customers were in the US. By the end of the year, that number will be around 40%.

Greg MacDonald, CEO & Founder of Bathorium

Read on to learn more about how ShipBob works.

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