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One of the advantages of running an ecommerce store as opposed to a retail brick-and-mortar store is that you can reach customers all over the country (or even the world). But there’s one thing to consider: if you are shipping all of your products from a single fulfilment centre, but your customers are located across the country, then it’s time to rethink your fulfilment and shipping strategy.
ShipBob is a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that offers a solution: we offer a growing fulfilment centre network powered by our proprietary technology. This allows you to check your data and store your ecommerce inventory in the fulfilment centres nearest to your customer base.
With shortened shipping distances, you’re able to ship faster at an affordable rate. Offering better shipping options for your customers not only help you ship more cost-effectively, but also translate into more sales when customers see cheaper, faster shipping options when placing an online order. Enhancing your shipping can be the game changer that helps your business take off.
“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
Streamlined order fulfilment services for Sarasota-based ecommerce companies
Order fulfilment is complex and challenging, and it can be a real drag on your time as an ecommerce merchant, but it doesn’t have to be. ShipBob can optimise your fulfilment strategy, save you a ton of time, and help your business rack up more sales. Here’s how it works:
1. Ship your products to our fulfilment centres and sync your store with our platform.
2. When an order is placed, we’re notified and the fulfilment process begins: picking lists are generated automatically, and our fulfilment professionals pick, pack and ship the order quickly.
3. You and the customer receive tracking info on the order.
4. ShipBob also offers options on how to manage ecommerce returns.
Keep track of inventory levels
Warehouse management is one aspect of order fulfilment that many ecommerce companies struggle with. It’s not just about keeping your warehouse organised, but also ensuring counts always match and that you have enough inventory at all times to avoid stockouts.
With ShipBob, inventory management is a breeze: you can view counts at each fulfilment centre and set automatic reorder points, so you know exactly when you need to restock.
Full visibility and transparency
Customers have a question about an order? Do you want an overview of daily order volume? How fast are orders being fulfiled? With ShipBob, you’re given access to our free data and analytics tool that provides insights into fulfilment performance, shipping statistics, logistics costs, and more.
For orders, you’re given full transparency into the entire retail order fulfilment process. Quickly search for orders, view the status of all outstanding orders, and track packages with ease.
Cutting-edge proprietary software
ShipBob doesn’t just optimise your shipping by giving you access to multiple fulfilment centres. We’ve also built a proprietary software package that streamlines your shipping by searching top mail couriers to find the best routes and shipping rates.
Why ShipBob is the best 3PL for you
ShipBob not only takes fulfilment off your hands, but helps your ecommerce business optimise your supply chain so you can scale at a faster rate. Here are just a few success stories out of thousands that illustrate how we help ecommerce brands grow faster.
Fulfilment puts a strict limit on growth: you can only fulfil as many orders as you have the warehouse space, manpower, and resources to fulfil. By outsourcing fulfilment to ShipBob, you can remove this limit on growth and scale faster with fewer headaches. Personal care brand Boie, went from a simple Kickstarter campaign to shipping over 12,000 orders per month with ShipBob’s help.
Rapid shipping turnarounds
Your fulfilment capacity also limits how fast you can get shipments out the door after an order is placed. ShipBob’s infrastructure and team of fulfilment professionals enables fast turnarounds along with faster shipping options. For example, supplement brand EnduroSport was able to start shipping orders in just 9 days after they partnered with us.
Cost-savings on shipping
Distributing your inventory reduces the number of shipping zones each package must travel to reach its destination, which ultimately cuts down on shipping costs while offering faster shipping. Tom Brady’s supplement company, TB12, saved 25% on shipping costs after switching to ShipBob from a different 3PL, and they’ve since experienced 75% growth.
Picking the right time to outsource fulfilment to a 3PL
There are many different challenges involved in fulfilment, from calculating shipping costs to warehousing, to the pick/pack/ship process. Some of these tasks require significant resources, expertise, or infrastructure, and you may not have the desire or ability to build these processes in-house.
The right time to outsource fulfilment depends on which of these factors are holding your ecommerce business back from growing. Here are some common problems in ecommerce that a 3PL can solve:
- You want more effective or efficient inventory and order management systems.
- Your fulfilment team is prone to errors and you want to professionalize your fulfilment process.
- You are shipping from one Sarasota-based fulfilment centre and want lower shipping costs for cross-country shipments.
- Your order volume fluctuates seasonally and you need help during certain parts of the year.
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