What is a logistics company?
Logistics companies are third-party fulfillment providers (also known as a 3PL) that offer order processing and services like warehousing, picking, packing, and shipping. Logistics companies receive, process, and store inventory from merchants.
When an order comes in, the logistics company jumps into action by generating a pick list and picking items, packing, and preparing the products for shipping. Then, logistics companies will run cost comparisons between the major US carriers to determine which carrier offers the best rate.
How logistics companies fuel ecommerce
Third-party logistics companies like ShipBob can process incoming orders and prepare them for shipment on the same day, which increases service times and customer satisfaction.
For many retailers, online and brick-and-mortar, they will find that their customer satisfaction goes up and their logistics costs go down when they switch to using a fulfillment logistics company instead of self-fulfillment.
Logistics companies are designed to handle high volumes of orders quickly and accurately. This means that logistics companies can often offer lower shipping prices than individual merchants can secure on their own.
For example, ShipBob has negotiated with USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL for bulk shipping discounts. These are discounts we pass directly onto our customers. Even when our customers are not shipping hundreds of thousands of orders a month, they get the same shipping prices as if they were.
We’re proud to offer this price discount with a two-day shipping guarantee, allowing smaller merchants to compete with national retailers.
Logistic services for your business
Logistics companies often offer a range of services, and not all logistics companies are created equal. ShipBob offers ecommerce fulfillment services and logistics solutions to our customers that include:
By splitting inventory across multiple fulfillment centers, your products will be closer to your end customers, which means two things: faster delivery times for them and reduced shipping costs for you.
Our proprietary retail fulfillment technology is easy to use and offers our customers a granular level of control over their inventory and order management. Whether you need information to answer a customer question or want to know when you should reorder inventory, everything you need is at your fingertips.
Custom, branded packaging
Put your brand front and center by using your own branded, custom packaging or use free unbranded packaging — all on us. Your customers will never see ShipBob’s branding.
Have a question or concern? We’re here for you. The only thing we pride ourselves on more than our order fulfillment services is our customer service.
When should I partner with a logistics company?
Merchants and shippers that will benefit most from investing in the services of logistics companies are those that finding themselves answering yes to one or more of these scenarios:
- Your sales fluctuate seasonally or with the holidays.
- You’re looking to expand to an online store.
- You currently don’t have warehouse space or no designated distribution center.
- You’re struggling with slow delivery times, mis-picks and mis-ships, and customer frustrations regarding slow fulfillment
- You simply cannot process all of the orders they receive in a timely fashion.
- You want to free up employee time to work on more than administrative tasks.
- You have slow supply chains or are in need of a supply chain optimization and management solution to get orders processed quicker.
- You lack efficient inventory management.
ShipBob was built with you in mind. Keep the control you want over your fulfillment process without the hassle of managing it all yourself.
ShipBob works within a variety of industries with years of experience. If you are ready to make the switch to ShipBob, fill out the form below to get started.
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