Product Drops and Limited Edition Fulfilment Services

One of the best things about having loyal customers is the ability to promote product drops and limited edition items.

But having high demand for special products will require a robust fulfilment strategy.

ShipBob can help you manage fulfilment and shipping for new products and special edition items, so you can meet customers expectations around fast and affordable shipping.

Quadrant operates using a drop model, meaning we offer a select number of units each release and they sell out really fast. We run on the idea of ‘if you’re quick enough, you can get a piece.’

Our last drop sold out in 18 minutes – it was amazing! The key to this model is ensuring we are able to fulfil a massive spike in demand within a reasonable timeframe. With ShipBob, we are able to trust that orders will get out in a timely manner.

Will Kerr,

Apparel Lead at Quadrant

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What is product drops & limited edition fulfilment?

Product drops and limited edition fulfilment involves the picking, packing, and shipping of customer orders that are in high demand.

Fulfilment for new products that are highly anticipated, such as limited edition items, requires the ability to fulfil a high volume of orders that often come in all at once or within a short timeframe.

It also requires inventory distribution services, so inventory can be stored in multiple locations to meet demand across the US or even internationally.

Omnichannel fulfilment services for brands

If you’re an online business that promotes new, highly anticipated products or offers limited edition items, it might be time to partner with a fulfilment provider like ShipBob.

ShipBob offers fast fulfilment services and operates fulfilment centres across the globe. ShipBob’s fulfilment platform makes it easy to track orders from multiple sales channels in one place, track inventory in real time, and manage SKUs.

Fast, affordable shipping

To keep buyers engaged, it’s important to ship out samples as soon as possible. ShipBob offers fast fulfilment with a high order accuracy rate and affordable shipping.

With ShipBob’s 2-Day Express Program, you’re given 100% coverage for 2-Day Express across the continental United States, even from a single fulfilment centre.

“Since partnering with ShipBob, we now have an automated system for shipping and can focus our time on new product launches. We continually are able to reliably and quickly fulfil thousands of orders during a single apparel drop. This partly has to do with ShipBob saving us time by automating the order fulfilment process.”

Jason Ton, CFO of 100 Thieves

International shipping and fulfilment

Although online shopping allows access to your products from customers all over the globe, international shipping services present entirely new challenges.

Different countries have various regulations, tariffs, taxes, and requirements for incoming shipments, making it difficult to navigate the international landscape.

But with ShipBob’s growing global fulfilment network, you can easily expand into new markets with ease and provide a consistent customer experience no matter where they live.

“I’ve also been fortunate to ship orders to customers from around the world. The process of shipping internationally to optimise costs has been easy. There’s no difference on my website for international shipping except adding tariff codes on products.

Otherwise ShipBob handles everything for me. Best of all, the price that ShipBob charges to ship internationally is less than it costs for me to print a USPS label myself.”

Anastasia Allison, founder of Kula Cloth

Real-time inventory tracking

It’s important to have a system in place to optimise inventory levels and track inventory in real time to prevent stockouts. ShipBob offers built-in inventory management to help you make better decisions on when to order more stock, how much, and where to store it geographically.

Using the ShipBob dashboard, you can easily control stock at each location, identify best-selling versus slow-moving inventory, set automatic reorder points, and much more.

“We roll out new products and designs on our website 1-3 times a month and send new inventory to ShipBob each week. It’s really easy to create new SKUs and restock existing ones using ShipBob’s technology, which is especially important with high inventory turnover.”

Carl Protsch, Co-Founder of FLEO
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Improve your conversion rate

Not only was TB12 able to achieve 25% cost savings by switching to ShipBob, leveraging ShipBob’s network to offer 2-day shipping increased their conversions as well. 

Learn more about TB12’s growth

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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