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Fulfilment is time-consuming for ecommerce businesses, eating up precious resources and manpower that could better be spent elsewhere. That’s one reason why so many ecommerce businesses outsource fulfilment to a 3PL.
ShipBob is a 3PL with proprietary software that optimises your shipping, with technology being just one of the things that makes ShipBob a different kind of 3PL.
ShipBob takes a data-driven approach to fulfilment, allowing you to distribute your inventory in the fulfilment centre(s) that will help you save the most money while offering the fastest transit times for your customers. Most often, this is not done by using a single San Francisco fulfilment centre.
In fact, using one San Francisco fulfilment centre when you have customers all over the US can actually hurt your business.
With your inventory stored closer to your customers, each package has a shorter distance to travel, which lowers your shipping zones, delivery rates and speeds up deliveries.
How ShipBob helps San Francisco businesses with fulfilment
ShipBob has customers all over the world, including many in San Francisco. One San Francisco-based customer, Synchro, realised how splitting their products up in multiple warehouses is better than using a single San Francisco fulfilment centre near them.
“We now save a lot of money and ship faster based on distributed inventory. So far, we are shipping out of two of ShipBob’s fulfilment centres. We use the locations that optimise and reduce the distance travelled to get our products into our customers’ hands faster.”Lindsay Louise, Fulfilment & Retail Manager at Synchro
After analising their data, they found where they could provide great coverage for ShipBob’s 2-Day Express Shipping Program, which lets them offer a guaranteed, 2-day shipping option on qualifying orders.
Similarly, San Francisco-based Ample Foods, switched to ShipBob from a different 3PL and increased their 2-day ground shipping coverage by 103% while saving a lot of money by using ShipBob’s distributed inventory model.
“From expanding into a second ShipBob fulfilment centre, we are excited to be able to offer 65% of our customers with 2-day shipping, up from 32% by only having a single West Coast facility. Soon, this will be 100%. Not only is this better for our customers but we also gain a 13% savings to our bottom line.”Pablo Gabatto, Business Operations Manager at Ample Foods
ZBiotics, a probiotic brand, leverages ShipBob’s Inventory Placement Program to balance their SKU mix across the fulfilment network, reduce shipping costs, and get products into the hands of customers more quickly.
“My favourite thing about the Inventory Placement Program is that it takes the burden off of our team and it’s based on real-time calculations, giving us the right distribution by SKU at each fulfilment centre. It’s comforting to know that we have a good balance between fulfilment centres on a day-to-day, week-to-week, and month-to-month basis, so our customers receive packages via the lowest shipping zone possible among the four ShipBob fulfilment centres we’re in across the US.
That ultimately helps us get products to our customers faster, giving them a great ZBiotics experience from start to finish.”Michael Mullaney, VP of Supply Chain at ZBiotics
What does ShipBob offer?
Not all third party fulfilment logistics providers are created equal. Here are some of the services available to ShipBob customers based in San Francisco and across the country!
Distribute inventory across fulfilment centres
ShipBob’s fulfilment network across the United States is owned and operated by ShipBob. This allows ShipBob’s clients to strategically distribute their inventory across the United States. Distributed inventory helps ecommerce retailers fulfil orders more quickly and affordably than via self-fulfillment or storing all inventory at one centralised location.
When you spread your inventory across fulfilment centres, orders can be shipped from the fulfilment centre closest to your end customers, which saves both you and your customers time and money on shipping.
Offer 2-day shipping
Working with a third-party logistics provider that owns its own fulfilment centre network provides a wide variety of benefits for your ecommerce store, including the ability to offer 2-day shipping to customers across the continental US. ShipBob empowers merchants who distribute inventory across fulfilment centres to ship anywhere within the continental United States, from any of our fulfilment centres.
Leverage inventory management tools
ShipBob offers a variety of tools to manage inventory right from our dashboard. It’s fast and easy to track inventory levels and set automatic reorder notifications when your inventory runs low. With these notifications set up, you’ll know when to repurchase items or send additional inventory to our warehouses, ensuring that customers never experience a stockout.
ShipBob can help you manage inventory in an efficient and transparent way, even when it is stored in the fulfilment centre. You get all of the transparency of managing your own inventory with none of the hassle.
Manage orders from a centralised dashboard
You can have full real-time visibility into your orders without even having to step foot in any of our fulfilment centres. Whether you need to look up customer information, pull up order metrics, or track the picking, packing, and shipping of a package, the ShipBob dashboard makes it easy to do so. ShipBob’s proprietary software allows you to track the entire fulfilment process in real-time.
In addition, ShipBob integrates with all major ecommerce platforms, meaning it’s easy to automate the retail fulfilment process for your online store in a way that saves you time and money, making it easier for orders to be picked, packed, and shipped as soon as they are placed by your customers anywhere in the world.
Receive guaranteed support
No matter the size or location of your business, as a top 3PL company, ShipBob wants to help you grow by automating your order fulfilment, helping you meet customer expectations around shipping, and saving you time and money. We guarantee high-quality service to all of our clients, including same-day fulfilment for all orders placed by noon locally.
You can also reach our dedicated fulfilment experts by submitting a ticket through the dashboard itself, or check out our comprehensive Help Centre article library. We also staff all of our own fulfilment centres, so there are always representatives at our fulfilment centres to help you succeed!
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