London Ecommerce Fulfillment Services
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London-based ecommerce businesses who want to break into the American market face a few challenges. One of the biggest is that they’ll be competing against American ecommerce companies who can offer cheaper domestic shipping rates and faster deliveries.
If you are shipping all of your packages from London, then your customers will have to wait longer and pay a premium to import your products.
Luckily, there is a solution. You can hire an international 3PL like ShipBob to distribute your products to fulfillment center around the world. You will only have to pay import duties once when you initially ship your products to the US, Canada, and Ireland, rather than paying duties on each package. And with global distribution, you can ship orders on domestic timelines rather than international.
But what if you could speed up deliveries even more and get even lower rates?
This is where ShipBob comes in.
ShipBob is a 3PL with fulfillment centers located in different regions across the US. This allows you to split inventory across multiple fulfillment centers, so each package has fewer shipping zones to cross and you can offer 2-day shipping via ground at a decent margin.
How ShipBob’s fulfillment services can expedite US fulfillment for your business
Estimating international shipping costs can be difficult, and customers are more likely to get hit with unexpected charges. By hiring an international 3PL like ShipBob with locations in the USA, Canada, and Europe, you can ship at domestic rates and costs are easier to calculate. Also, with lower shipping rates comes more sales and higher average order value (AOV).
Speed up deliveries
Just as international shipments are more expensive, they also take longer, sometimes much longer. And shipping costs are extremely high if you want to offer 2-day shipping options via methods like air.
You may have to take a loss or pass along substantial costs to the customer (which makes them less likely to buy). Distributing your products from one or multiple ShipBob’s fulfillment centers allows you to offer fast, affordable shipping options to more customers.
Simplify going through customs
Dealing with customs duties is another complication, since they often vary based on product type or the amount of products being shipped. Going through customs also extends delivery time. Partner with ShipBob to first get your inventory in the US. That way, it’s quick and easy to ship as soon as a customer places an order with no long transit times or hold ups at customs.
ShipBob’s US fulfillment services for London ecommerce businesses
To get started with ShipBob, simply connect your store to ShipBob’s technology. Then, you bulk ship your inventory to a ShipBob fulfillment and distribution center. With your inventory on hand and your store synced with our platform, we receive your orders and picking lists are automatically generated at our fulfillment center(s), and then the order is picked, packed, and shipped.
Comprehensive oversight of orders
ShipBob handles all the details of order fulfillment and you’re also given full visibility into the order process. From your ShipBob dashboard, you can quickly pull up, organize, and track orders as they go through the fulfillment process.
Inventory tracking and control
No more disorganized warehousing shelves and inventory levels that don’t match what you have on hand. ShipBob’s platform comes with software that allows you to track inventory counts, and we keep your products safe, secure, and organized. You can even set mandatory inventory minimums and reorder points to avoid stockouts.
For each package, ShipBob’s technology automatically searches rates from each of the top mail carriers, and finds the cheapest and fastest route. That way, you and your customers get the best shipping option for each package without having to lift a finger.
Should my London ecommerce business outsource US fulfillment to a 3PL?
If your business hardly receives any traffic from the US, then it’s probably not the right time to hire a USA fulfillment company. But here are some signs that it’s time to start thinking global and partner with an international 3PL like ShipBob:
- You are seeing an uptick in traffic from the US but high cart abandonment.
- You want to access US markets, but don’t want to deal with the complexities of international fulfillment.
- You want to offer inexpensive 2-day shipping options to US customers who already expect this service.
- You don’t want to pay international shipping premiums (or you fear US customers won’t buy from you if shipping options are too expensive).
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