Top Shipping and Fulfilment Plugins
WooCommerce is a customizable, open-source ecommerce platform built on WordPress that offers flexible shipping options and settings, including the opportunity to work with tech-driven order fulfilment companies and other platforms that can help you grow your business.
For stores hosted by WordPress, WooCommerce makes it easy to transform your WordPress site into a powerful online store without fully relying on a web developer.
But once orders come in, how will you streamline and manage the fulfilment process?
Read on to learn about the top shipping and fulfilment plugins, and how partnering with a 3PL like ShipBob makes it easy to connect your online store with a best-in-class fulfilment solution.
Our store is on WooCommerce, which integrates well with ShipBob. I loved how easy it was to set up my products in the dashboard for all SKUs. I’ve already referred a friend and fellow founder to ShipBob, who already loves how easy the dashboard is to use, since he was using a 3PL’s technology that was less than ideal and very manual.
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What is a shipping and fulfilment plugin?
A shipping plugin makes it easy to streamline your online store with your shipping strategy. WooCommerce is a shipping and fulfilment plugin designed to transform WordPress sites into powerful online stores.
By using a shipping plugin, you can manage different shipping options and ensure that you’re offering the best shipping methods and rates for your customers.
In many cases, a fulfilment plugin is designed to directly integrate a 3PL’s technology to your ecommerce platform.
This ensures that once orders are placed are your online store, they can automatically be sent to your fulfilment team (or your 3PL’s nearest fulfilment location), so the fulfilment process can begin right away.
Top shipping and fulfilment plugins for WooCommerce/WordPress
Here is an overview of the top shipping and fulfilment plugins:
|Shipping and fulfilment plugin||Features|
|ELEX WooCommerce USPS Shipping Plugin|
|WooCommerce Advanced Shipping|
|WooCommerce Weight Based Shipping Plugin|
|YITH WooCommerce Order Tracking|
|ShipBob Express Rates WordPress plugin|
Connect your online store to WooCommerce
ShipBob helps WordPress and WooCommerce stores exceed customer expectations with faster, more affordable shipping.
Here’s how it works:
1. Connect your WooCommerce store in a few clicks
ShipBob integrates with WooCommerce, making it possible for you to link your store with the click of a button, then import your products and orders.
The backend work is already done for you, so there is no developer work needed, making it one of the easiest options for WooCommerce shipping.
2. Choose which fulfilment locations to store inventory in
Storing inventory across ShipBob’s fulfilment centre network allows you to reduce shipping costs and speed up transit times.
3. Have orders automatically fulfiled by ShipBob
When you connect your WooCommerce store to ShipBob, orders are automatically sent to our fulfilment centre to be picked, packed, and shipped right away.
ShipBob automatically routes the order to the fulfilment centre that can ship it to your customer in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
4. Install ShipBob 2-Day Express WordPress shipping plugin
ShipBob has a WordPress ecommerce shipping plugin called ShipBob Express Rates exclusively for merchants that use ShipBob’s fulfilment services.
ShipBob’s guaranteed 2-Day Express Shipping Program allows you to offer customers provides 2-day shipping options at prices lower than expedited shipping to all postcodes in the continental US.
5. Send shipping information back to customers
ShipBob’s technology lets you view the status of each order as it moves from processing to shipping.
Once an order ships, ShipBob automatically sends a confirmation back to your WooCommerce store, so your customers receive the order tracking information and stay updated throughout the delivery process.
Getting started with ShipBob is simple.
Once you sync your online store to our technology, we help get you up and running quickly.
As soon as we receive you inventory, orders are automatically sent to the closest fulfilment centre to the order’s destination and is quickly picked, packed and shipped.
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.
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.
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.