Illinois Fulfillment Services for Ecommerce

Ecommerce fulfillment services for online brands.

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As an Illinois-based ecommerce business, it’s important to find a fulfillment solution that enables fast shipping to both in-state and out-of-state customers. If you’re only using an Illinois fulfillment center, then shipping to customers on, say, the East or West Coast may be overly expensive.

ShipBob is a 3PL with a unique solution to this problem that can transform the way you ship. We have a fulfillment center in Chicago, along with a network of fulfillment centers in other regions of the US. This allows you to distribute your inventory to different fulfillment centers based on where your customers reside. If most of your customers live in Illinois, then you can store your inventory in our Illinois fulfillment center, and even distribute more throughout the country.

Bringing your products closer to your customer’s location provides numerous benefits. Our customers report better shipping margins, faster shipping speeds, and improvements in critical metrics like cart abandonment and average order value.

Keep reading to see how else we can help your business grow.

ShipBob’s customers in Illinois

ShipBob has partnered with many Illinois ecommerce brands to handle fulfillment. Hear from a few.

“We chose ShipBob, who was in our backyard. After seeing the initial 20,000 – 30,000 units go out the door, it allowed me to sleep better at night. We felt the weight lifted off our chests. We weren’t having to spend a lot of our time processing those orders, and we were very relieved that we were being taken care of.”

Matt Dryfhout, Founder & CEO of BAKblade

Read the experiences of some other Illinois-based ecommerce customers that ShipBob has helped:

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Partner with ShipBob and your order fulfillment will be streamlined, reliable, and effortless. To get started, you just ship us your products and connect your store to our technology.

From there, fulfillment is pretty simple:

1. Orders placed on your store are forwarded to the optimal ShipBob fulfillment center.

2. Our fulfillment pros pick, pack, and ship the order.

3. The customer is provided with order tracking info on the package (and you can check the progress of each order from your ShipBob dashboard).

ShipBob is a true full-stack fulfillment solution, which means you get much more than picking and packing services when you partner with us. Here are some other features:

Distributed inventory

One of the biggest advantages we can offer you over other 3PLs is our distributed inventory model. If you only have an Illinois fulfillment center but many of your customers live, say, on the East or West Coast, then shipping to these states will cost a pretty penny. By distributing your inventory across multiple ShipBob fulfillment and distribution centers, you can reduce shipping costs and pass these savings along to your customers. This makes shipping orders cost effective and faster than the standard in-house fulfillment process.

Best-in-class technology

ShipBob has more than just the infrastructure and manpower, we have proprietary technology that streamline your shipping with unparalleled visibility. Our platform connects seamlessly to the top ecommerce solutions without any developer work Furthermore, our software:

Customer support

Our customer support team is always there to respond to any questions or fulfillment issues that you may have. Enterprise customers have a dedicated account manager, or you can contact our general support with any questions.

Choosing the best 3PL in Illinois

What makes ShipBob different from other 3PLs? Rather than solely providing shipping and handling for your business, we help you use shipping as a way to convert more customers, improve customer satisfaction, and ultimately grow faster.

Reduced cart abandonment

High shipping costs are one of the most common reasons that ecommerce shoppers abandon their carts. Partnering with ShipBob and distributing your inventory can lower shipping and fulfillment costs, which translates into fewer abandoned carts. Here’s an example: ShipBob customer MyCalmBlanket, a weighted blanket company, saw an 18% decrease in cart abandonment after offering 2-Day Express shipping.

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Higher AOV

Similar to cart abandonment, AOV is largely determined by the speed (and cost) of the shipping options. Faster, cheaper options = more sales. That’s what happened with ShipBob client Rainbow OPTX, who increased AOV by 24% after offering ShipBob’s 2-Day Express Shipping.

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Better shipping margins

The cost of shipping a package depends on the number of shipping zones the package must cross to reach its destination. Using multiple fulfillment centers reduces shipping zones, and ShipBob’s technology helps ship each order at the lowest cost it can. The result? Ask Bathorium, a luxury bath brand that saw their shipping costs decrease by 70% after partnering with ShipBob.

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ShipBob works with your ecommerce solutions with ease

Syncing with your tech stack and ecommerce vendors doesn’t have to be hard. ShipBob is integrated with some of the best-known names in the ecommerce business and partners with all of the logistics leaders, so you keep business as usual and ecommerce fulfillment running smoothly.

Ecommerce store integrations:

Shipping carriers:

Crowdfunding platforms:

Packaging solutions:

When is it the right time to outsource fulfillment to a 3PL?

The answer to this question varies for each business. Fulfillment is time-consuming, labor-intensive, complicated, and often tedious. While it’s typically fruitful to handle fulfillment in-house during the early stages of growth (when there’s minimal order volume), this becomes more difficult as order volume grows. If you encounter any of the following problems, outsourcing to a 3PL can be a game-changer:

  • Your fulfillment team is struggling to keep up with orders (or making too many errors).
  • You are devoting energy, money, and labor to shipping and logistics that you don’t have to spare.
  • Your warehouse is disorganized, crammed, and slows down fulfillment.
  • You are using a single Illinois fulfillment center, but are paying too much to ship to customers who live far away.
  • You want to offer 2-day shipping to all of your customers.

Think you’re ready to start outsourcing fulfillment operations? ShipBob can help with all your fulfillment needs, whether they be warehousing, return services, packaging, 2-day/next-day shipping, or order fulfillment.


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