Are you thinking of outsourcing order fulfillment for your e-commerce business? Order fulfillment is key to success for every e-commerce business. With the biggest national retailers offering two- and same-day shipping plus free shipping options, customers expect fast, cheap shipping no matter where they shop online. Partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to outsource fulfillment can help you keep up with customer expectations while saving time and money. This can free up resources for you to focus instead on strategic elements such as business growth, marketing, and product development.

Finding the best 3PL to fulfill orders for your e-commerce business can feel overwhelming. The options can seem endless! The best 3PLs will help you manage your inventory, scale your business, provide a positive experience to customers, and take the hassle out of packing and shipping orders.

Choosing the best 3PL for your business

ShipBob might be the right 3PL for your business if you are looking for the following features and benefits!

Two-day shipping: Offer guaranteed two-day ground shipping to customers in the areas surrounding the fulfillment centers where you store your products. Working with a 3PL like ShipBob puts your inventory closer to your shipping destinations through distributed inventory. Our network of fulfillment centers to get your products to your customers as quickly and affordably as possible. The best 3PLs will be able to store products close enough to your customers that you don’t have to choose between fast shipping and affordable shipping, creating the best customer experience possible.

Easy, free onboarding: You shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months getting started with a new 3PL. The best 3PLs will get you up and running quickly and easily, with no onboarding costs. Sign up for ShipBob and get started on our dashboard in just a few minutes. If you integrate with one of our partner e-commerce platforms, such as Shopify or BigCommerce, it takes just a few minutes to sync orders and SKUs from your store.

Inventory and order management: The best 3PL for your e-commerce business will give you full visibility into the status of the inventory stored at their fulfillment center. With ShipBob, this includes automatic reorder notifications: Set an inventory point at which you’d like to be notified of low inventory levels, and receive an automatic notification to ship more inventory to our fulfillment center. Keep your customers from dealing with Out of Stock notifications!

You should also choose a 3PL that allows you 360-degree transparency into the status of your orders and order metrics. Follow the picking, packing, and shipping of any customer order through ShipBob’s dashboard. Our proprietary software gives you full access to order info so that you can pass that level of transparency along to your customers. If customers ask you questions about their orders, you can quickly and confidently answer them with the most up-to-date information.

Crowdfunding fulfillment: E-commerce businesses aren’t the only ones who need to find the best 3PL to fit their needs. Crowdfunding campaigns require fulfillment services. Transparency is a major, important aspect of crowdfunding fulfillment. At ShipBob, we share real-time tracking info for each shipment that can automatically be shared with your backers. We also offer batch shipping to help you get your backer rewards out as quickly and affordably as possible, helping you turn backers into lifelong customers.

Ready to find out how the best 3PL for your e-commerce business or crowdfunding campaign can help you scale, grow, and save time and money? Request a quote from ShipBob below!

 

 

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