Top Fulfillment Apps Compared

Whether you manage your own warehouse or fulfilling orders in-house, using technology to help fulfill orders is essential.

Fulfillment apps and technology are designed to improve order accuracy and speed, while also ensuring that orders are shipped via the fastest, most cost-effective route possible.

There are plenty of fulfillment apps on the market that offer different features to help streamline your fulfillment strategy.

Read on to learn more about the leading fulfillment apps on the market, and how a 3PL like ShipBob provides both fulfillment software and infrastructure to optimize your supply chain.

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 fulfill thousands of orders during a single apparel drop. This partly has to do with ShipBob saving us time by automating the order fulfillment process.

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Top fulfillment apps compared

Choosing the right fulfillment app to integrate with your online store is important.

Every fulfillment app has their own set of features and capabilities.

Here is a direct comparison of leading shipping and fulfillment apps:

Fulfillment AppsProsCons
  • Shippo is shipping API used by online marketplaces and platforms as well as ecommerce businesses that integrates with major carrier service providers with their shipping.
  • Supports both local and global shipping because it works with major ecommerce platforms and carriers like Shopify, BigCommerce, UPS, Magento, FedEx, DHL, and USPS.
Does not offer fulfillment services, such as picking and packing. To streamline both shipping and fulfillment, ShipBob offers a direct integration with Shippo.
  • ShipStation is a fulfillment, inventory management, and shipping hub for ecommerce businesses.
  • It allows users to import, manage, and ship orders from the ShipStation hub, which can coordinate multiple online sales channels and multiple carriers.
Lacks a fulfillment network, as well as fulfillment data and analytics to track supply chain performance.
  • ShipBob is an international 3PL with multiple fulfillment center locations powered by best-in-class fulfillment software and customer support.
  • Services and capabilities include warehousing, order fulfillment, distributed inventory, discounted shipping rates, analytics and reporting, built-in inventory management, order management, and leading ecommerce integrations. 

ShipBob: a best-in-class fulfillment partner

ShipBob offers more than an advanced fulfillment app.

Our entire global fulfillment network is powered by a best-in-class, proprietary warehouse management system (WMS).

Our tech-enabled network enables full visibility into fulfillment operations, from receiving new inventory to managing returns.

Integrates with leading shipping platforms such as ShipStation and Shippo, as well as all major ecommerce platforms including Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Wix, Square. Our technology also integrates with major marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart.

If you’re looking for a more robust solution, ShipBob also offers Developer API to fit ShipBob’s technology into your existing supply chain technology stack.

“With the new fulfillment network, we had to rely on a game of telephone and someone else to do this for us. When trying to leave the fulfillment network to return back to ShipBob, the fulfillment network had 1,500 units of missing inventory that they couldn’t find.

Because of a lack of ownership of the entire fulfillment stack, it’s been difficult to rectify, unlike with ShipBob who owns the entire stack: inventory and order management system, warehouse management system, and their fulfillment centers.”

Gerard Ecker, Founder & CEO of Ocean & Co.

Check out the video below to see ShipBob’s end to end fulfillment operation that’s an important aspect of your supply chain:

How ShipBob works

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, the orders are automatically sent to the closest fulfillment center to the order’s destination to be picked, packed and shipped.

From the ShipBob dashboard, you can track inventory in real time, view order fulfillment and shipping insights, forecast demand, and much more.

ShipBob also has a best-in-class warehouse management system (WMS) for brands that have their own warehouse and need help managing inventory in real time, reducing picking, packing, and shipping errors, and scaling with ease.

With ShipBob’s WMS, brands not only get the best warehouse management system for their own fulfillment center but can even leverage ShipBob’s fulfillment services in any of ShipBob’s fulfillment centers across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia to improve cross-border shipping, reduce costs, and speed up deliveries. Request WMS pricing here.

Read on to learn more about how ShipBob works.

Distributed inventory

With ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers, 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 carrier 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 fulfillment center.

You can also distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s fulfillment centers across all regions of the United States. We leave it up to you to decide where you want us to store your inventory.

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 fulfillment process (e.g. when an order is picked, packed, or shipped), easily find shipping-related information (e.g., weights, dimensions, or carrier 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.

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.

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 fulfillment centers 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 fulfillment 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.

Save on fulfillment costs

Coffee creamer brand Prymal joined ShipBob in 2019 and was quickly able to save $8,000 per month on fulfillment costs, while at the same time achieving 4x growth.

Learn more about Prymal’s 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.

Learn more about BAKblades’s growth

Store, ship, and grow internationally

Sunglasses brand Ombraz distributed their inventory across 3 fulfillment centers in two different countries. This has allowed them to ship to 55 countries on seven continents.

Learn more about Ombraz’s growth