Car Accessories and Auto Parts Fulfillment Services

Having a car accessories and auto parts business online offers plenty of opportunity, but it can be a challenge to fulfill and ship customer orders that include a variety of parts that are often heavy, fragile, or come in odd shapes and sizes.

In addition, these items are considered essential. Your customers can’t afford to wait too long for their orders or deal with packages being delivered with the wrong items.

To optimize your fulfillment strategy, ShipBob can help. With ShipBob, you save time and money while offering affordable shipping options, faster shipping, and more.

ShipBob supplies a range of standard box sizes, but because some of our products have such unusual dimensions, some of our shipments were being sent out with lots of empty space, leading to higher shipping costs.ShipBob provided us with an in-depth analysis based on our order history and helped us understand which custom box sizes we should stock ourselves at ShipBob warehouses to help reduce our costs.

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What is car accessories and auto parts fulfillment?

Car accessories and auto parts fulfillment involves the picking, packing, and shipping of customer orders. Fulfilling auto parts takes a great deal of time. In most cases, it involves dealing with a wide range of products in a variety of sizes, shipping fragile items, and the ability to fulfill orders quickly and accurately.

Items might include:

  • Brakes
  • Rubber belts
  • Fuel injectors
  • Air filters
  • Spark plugs
  • Mufflers
  • Alternator
  • Batteries and starters
  • And more

Challenges of auto parts fulfillment

Fulfilling orders accurately

Having a car is essential, and so many of your customers can afford to wait for their order only to find out the wrong item was delivered.

Delivering the wrong order not only negatively impacts the unboxing experience, but it can also be costly and time-consuming as you will need to spend extra time and labor to make it right.

ShipBob holds an order accuracy rate of 95.95%. Whether it’s assigning pickers optimized routes, opening more fulfillment center locations to cut down on shipping times, or improving our warehouse picking and packing processes, ShipBob is constantly looking for ways to improve and achieve higher levels of order accuracy.

Shipping oversized items

Auto parts can be small as a tail light and as large as an engine. Some items can also be really heavy (e.g., brake pads, batteries, etc), making it hard to pack efficiently and ship affordably.

Companies dealing with shipping heavy items and oversized packages to customers can face significant challenges in the fulfillment process and higher shipping costs.

But the right 3PL will be able to offer discounted shipping rate and understands best practices in packing a wide range of orders in different sizes, shapes, and weights.

Managing inventory and returns

It’s important to have a system in place to optimize inventory levels and track inventory in real time to prevent stockouts. ShipBob offers built-in inventory management to help you make better decisions on when to order more stock, how much, and where to store it geographically.

Using the ShipBob dashboard, you can closely track inventory levels at each location, identify slow-moving inventory, set reorder notification points, and much more.

How ShipBob works

ShipBob’s software fully integrates with your ecommerce store to sync inventory and orders. Once we have your inventory, you can ship inventory to one or more of our fulfillment center locations.

From the ShipBob dashboard, you can set reorder points to restock in time, view advanced data and analytics to understand performance, and much more.

Additionally, ShipBob’s partner ecosystem is extensive and offers tools for everything from marketing and taxes to returns management solutions.

Get started with ShipBob

ShipBob is a leading 3PL that partners with over 5,000 ecommerce businesses in a wide range of industries across the globe. ShipBob offers a growing global fulfillment network, 2-day shipping, premium 3PL software, and best-in-class customer support.

By outsourcing fulfillment to ShipBob, you can stay competitive, expand your distribution network, offer faster and affordable shipping.

Read on to learn the benefits of partnering with ShipBob.

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