Inventory Warehousing Management Services

Not all warehouses are created equal. Unlike on-demand warehousing, ShipBob is a 3PL that offers a growing international fulfillment network with inventory warehousing management services.

With ShipBob, you can store your inventory in one or more of our fulfillment center locations, track inventory in real time, and ultimately improve your entire supply chain.

Storing inventory in different regions is key to reducing costs and transit times. 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.

Pablo Gabatto,

Business Operations Manager at Ample Foods

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“As our business grew, fulfilling orders quickly became very time-consuming, and warehouse operations became a challenge. We found ShipBob, who checked all our boxes for a 3PL. They have ended up being the perfect solution for us and we have never looked back!”

Waveform Lighting Team

What is inventory warehousing?

Inventory warehousing is the process of storing inventory in one or more warehouses before they are ready to be picked, packed, and shipped.. Inventory warehouses safely and securely store inventory in an organized way to track where items are located, when they arrived, how long they have been there, and the quantity on hand.

Why is inventory warehousing important?

How you manage inventory in your warehouse influences how much you spend on logistics costs and how efficient your supply chain runs. There is so much more to inventory warehousing than you might expect, which is why many companies outsource inventory management to a tech-enabled third-party company like ShipBob.

How does inventory warehousing work

ShipBob is a 3PL that offers inventory warehousing services for fast-growing online brands. With ShipBob, you can store inventory in one or more of our fulfillment center locations and have full visibility into the inventory and order management process all from one single dashboard. Here is an overview of how our inventory warehousing services work:

Proprietary warehouse management system (WMS)

ShipBob’s fulfillment distribution network is powered by our proprietary WMS, which provides our merchants with visibility into the entire fulfillment process. From the ShipBob dashboard, you can search orders by tracking number, destination country, the number of items it contains, as well as get full transparency into performance such as fulfillment speed, orders fulfilled on time, error rates, and much more.

Optimized warehouse processes

With ShipBob, ecommerce business owners can spend less time and money on inbound and outbound logistics, knowing that inventory warehousing management is being taken care of. We provide the warehouse infrastructure needed, including worldwide locations, technology, and expertise. Once we receive your inventory, we follow standard processes to optimize storage to help save you on costs.

Advanced data and reporting

ShipBob’s analytics and reporting tool can help you make better inventory management decisions. By connecting our merchant dashboard to our WMS, we’re able to provide you with insights into fulfillment performance, how we’re hitting our SLAs, visibility into order status and inventory counts, and much more. You can track inventory movement in real time, including when inventory is being received, stowed or put away, picked, packed, and shipped with the carrier, which gives you full visibility into the entire process.

Have your own warehouse?

ShipBob 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 that have their own warehouse can also 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.

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.

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.

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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