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Oftentimes, ecommerce businesses focus entirely on factors like product, website design, or marketing strategy, yet overlook a critical component: ecommerce shipping. Getting products to your customer’s door quickly and at minimal cost is crucial to providing a positive customer experience, but many ecommerce businesses struggle to do it.
One solution is to outsource fulfillment to a 3PL. ShipBob is a 3PL with a California fulfillment center (and many more locations across different regions) to help speed up deliveries and reduce shipping costs while making your fulfillment process more efficient and cost-effective.
We’re uniquely positioned to help California-based ecommerce businesses grow, not just using our California fulfillment center (Moreno Valley) but also utilizing our warehouses on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in the South.
ShipBob lets you distribute your inventory across across any combination of our fulfillment centers based on where your customers live to reduce the distance each package must travel. The upside? Faster deliveries, more affordable rates, and improved customer satisfaction (not to mention saving you a ton of time and effort fulfilling orders).
And those aren’t all the benefits you get when you partner with ShipBob. Read on and see what else we can do for your business.
Hear from ShipBob customers in California
ShipBob helps hundreds of California-based customers including San Francisco-based Ample Foods. As an emerging company, brand recognition and loyalty were key to their business, so they ultimately decided to move to ShipBob. They’ve since increased their 2-day ground shipping coverage by 103% and counting.
“From expanding into a second ShipBob fulfillment center, 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
San Diego-based Rainbow OPTX looked into a different California fulfillment center before making the decision to use ShipBob. Here’s why they’re pleased with their choice:
“It was kind of like magic — my orders were imported into ShipBob from my Shopify Plus store and started getting fulfilled right away. I didn’t have to do anything. And since then, we’ve grown 115% and experienced 2.5 times more order volume — all fulfilled by ShipBob.”
Noel Churchill, Owner and CEO of Rainbow OPTX
Los Angeles-based book publisher Timbuktu Labs and author of the Rebel Girls book series uses five of ShipBob’s fulfillment centers across the United States, including the ShipBob California fulfillment center. This helps also because their product is high-quality and heavy, so reducing the transit cuts down shipping costs as well.
“It’s paramount for people to feel confident that they will receive their products in the shortest amount of time possible. We’d hate to see our customers go somewhere else because we don’t offer 2-day shipping, so during our third holiday season with ShipBob, we used their 2-Day Express program.”
Francesca Cavallo, Co-Author of Rebel Girls and Co-Founder of Timbuktu Labs
ShipBob’s California fulfillment services
Here are the basics of how order fulfillment with ShipBob works:
- Connect your store to ShipBob’s platform (this is a simple process with no developer work necessary).
- Ship your products to a ShipBob fulfillment center, where we securely store them.
- Every time an order is placed on your store, ShipBob is notified.
- The fulfillment that’s closest to your end customers will pick, pack, and ship the order.
- Ecommerce order tracking is sent to the customer.
ShipBob’s California fulfillment services don’t stop there, though. Fulfillment touches on many different areas of your business and we’ve got it all covered, from inventory and order management technology to insightful distribution metrics.
Order and inventory management software
Keeping track of your inventory levels and monitoring daily orders in real-time are both critical parts of ensuring fulfillment runs smoothly. That’s why ShipBob has built proprietary order and inventory management software that gives you complete control and oversight of the fulfillment process, from warehousing to pick/pack/ship.
Free packing supplies
We make sure that our brand never takes center stage in the unboxing experience. You can use our standard plain boxes, poly mailers, and packing supplies that are included free of charge, or design your own custom-branded packaging. Either way, our logo won’t be what your customers see or remember.
Data and analytics
ShipBob’s advanced reporting and analytics help you streamline fulfillment, optimize your supply chain to be more efficient, improve demand forecasting and planning, and ensure you always have enough product on hand at the right time. With all of your order and inventory data in one centralized place, you will uncover new insights to transform your business.
Why is ShipBob the best choice for my California ecommerce business?
ShipBob has a proven track record of following through on our promises, and we’ve helped thousands of businesses drive more revenue and speed up growth. Here’s how:
Convert sales at a higher rate
Shipping costs that are too high (or deliveries that take too long) prevent customers from purchasing or coming back. When you optimize your shipping with ShipBob, your customers will take notice, and more sales will follow.
Ship anywhere in the US (or the world)
ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers allows you to expand your shipping reach to all corners of the US, and even internationally (we have locations throughout the US as well as Canada and Europe). When Timbuktu Labs partnered with ShipBob to ship backer rewards for their groundbreaking book series Rebel Girls, ShipBob fulfilled 20,000 backer rewards to 75 different countries in a single campaign, and they’ve since sold 3.5 million books.
Offer two-day shipping to all your customers
Multiple fulfillment centers not only expands your reach but lets you offer faster shipping options. CBD Company Nature’s Ultra started using 3 fulfillment centers after partnering with ShipBob, and they now offer 2-day shipping to 100% of their customers.
Integrations: ShipBob syncs seamlessly with your stack
ShipBob’s partner ecosystem is a who’s who of ecommerce solutions covering all areas of the business: packaging and branding, crowdfunding, shipping solutions, tax tools, and more.
Shipping carriers and partners:
When should I outsource fulfillment to a 3PL?
There are a number of situations in which ecommerce businesses can benefit from hiring a fulfillment company.
If your warehouse is overloaded, then a 3PL can provide added storage space. Inaccurate inventory counts are a common problem for ecommerce businesses, and 3PLs like ShipBob have software that enables more accurate and efficient inventory tracking.
A 3PL with multiple fulfillment centers can also help you cut shipping rates and delivery times. This is especially true if you are only using a single California fulfillment center but have customers across the US.
Oftentimes, ecommerce businesses outsource to a 3PL when order volume has grown fast and in-house ecommerce fulfillment is too much of a burden. A 3PL can save your team time and help you refocus on other priorities.
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