Looking to outsource fulfillment for your Irvine-based ecommerce business? It may seem prudent to simply use a fulfillment warehouse in Irvine, but you should first ask yourself where your customers live. If all your customers are local, then an Irvine fulfillment center makes sense. But if many of your customers live outside of Irvine, or even California, then you may want to consider distributed inventory.
What’s distributed inventory? It’s a distribution method in which you store your products in multiple fulfillment centers, rather than one. This lets you choose the fulfillment center locations to ship your products from based on historical order data. By storing your inventory in different regions, you can ship to customers all over the country at lower shipping zones for a significantly cheaper rate.
ShipBob is a 3PL (third-party logistics) provider that uses distributed inventory to reduce shipping costs and inventory carrying costs, and help businesses offer faster deliveries. We’ve helped thousands of businesses speed up growth and convert more sales. Find out how we can do this for your business.
Hear from a ShipBob customer in Southern California
ShipBob works with many ecommerce brands based in Los Angeles, Irvine, and all over Southern California. Read an excerpt from an interview with one of them below.
“Utilizing a 3PL (ShipBob) to get my time back meant that I could focus on all the other aspects of my business that actually drive sales, like marketing and product development. That’s a huge part of how I was able to build a six-figure revenue business within 11 months.”
Teri Miyahira , Founder of Teri Miyahira Beauty
Irvine 3PL services
In-house fulfillment is costly, time-consuming, and burdensome. Fulfilling orders with ShipBob is straightforward and pain-free. We make getting packages to your customer’s door easy. Here’s how it works:
- Sync your store with ShipBob, so we are notified when an order is placed at your store.
- Ship your products to our fulfillment centers, whether it’s in Southern California or in other regions of the US, where they are stored securely.
- Our professionals pick, pack, and ship orders, and send ecommerce order tracking back to the customer.
- You view and manage the order fulfillment process from your ShipBob dashboard.
- You and your customers get fast, low-cost shipping — without even needing to use a single Irvine fulfillment center.
Follow the data and store your products in different regions
Let’s say half of your customers live in California, a quarter live on the East Coast, and the final quarter live in the South. With ShipBob, you are able to store half your products in our California warehouses, one quarter in our Pennsylvania warehouse, and one quarter in our Chicago or Dallas warehouse. That means shorter shipping distances for all your deliveries, better rates, and the ability to offer 2-day shipping to all your customers.
Track inventory in real-time
ShipBob’s platform has built-in inventory management technology that gives you unparalleled control of your inventory. You can control and keep track of inventory levels at each fulfillment center. Calculate your safety stock and set reorder points, so you get automatic notifications any time inventory is running low.
Optimize your business with analytics
ShipBob not only optimizes your shipping, but gives you the analytical tools to improve decision-making for your business. How much inventory will you need in a certain fulfillment center? Which fulfillment center will you need to expand into next to further reduce shipping costs? Which products are customers buying most and in which combinations? Our inventory reports can answer these questions, making forecasting and inventory accounting easy.
Why choose ShipBob for Irvine ecommerce order fulfillment?
ShipBob separates itself from the pack with cutting-edge proprietary technology and a unique distribution model. We don’t just handle ecommerce fulfillment, but use fulfillment to make your business better. Here’s how.
Fulfillment is a major time-suck for ecommerce businesses that have little energy and few resources to spare. Outsourcing fulfillment can save this time and let you refocus your business. Sunglass brand Rainbow OPTX was spending 120 hours per week fulfilling orders in-house. They were able to save this time while also increasing order volume 2.5 times with ShipBob.
Roll out products faster
ShipBob’s inventory management technology makes adding SKUs and restocking easy. Sportswear brand FLEO Shorts rolls out several new products each month and needed a 3PL that could deal with high inventory turnover. Using ShipBob’s platform, FLEO gained the flexibility to start fulfilling orders for new products instantly, leading to 30% yearly growth.
Offer your customers two-day shipping
The ability to offer two-day shipping can have a huge impact on your bottom line. When tutu brand iloveplum partnered with ShipBob and began offering 2-Day Express Shipping, they saw a 97% increase in average order value for eligible orders. They went on to experience a 267% increase in overall sales in less than a year with ShipBob.
Take advantage of ShipBob’s top-notch integrations
One way ShipBob stays on the cutting-edge is by integrating seamlessly with the top ecommerce solutions. Here are some of our integrations:
Branded packaging vendors:
How can a 3PL help your Irvine-based ecommerce business?
How do you know if your business is ready for a 3PL? There are several parts of the ecommerce shipping process that a 3PL can instantly enhance: inventory management, order management, delivery speed, and other fulfillment logistics. If you are struggling with any of the following, then a 3PL can be a game-changer for your business:
- Shipping speed: You want to get products to customers faster.
- Shipping costs: You are using a single Irvine fulfillment location, and are overspending to ship products outside of California.
- Cart abandonment: You are losing sales because of high shipping costs.
- Warehousing: Your warehouse is disorganized and you’re running out of space to store products.
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