Your fans want your merch — and they want it ASAP. Having merch printed is only half the battle; you need to manage ecommerce fulfillment for your online merch store. Using a 3PL can help you streamline merchandise order fulfillment for faster shipping and happier fans.
Merchandise order fulfillment
Merchandise order fulfillment refers to how you process, pick, pack, and ship merchandise orders to customers (and fans!). From CDs and signed posters to band t-shirts and hats, efficient and affordable merchandise fulfillment is an important part of building your brand.
Can a 3PL help your merchandise fulfillment?
Want to ensure that your merchandise fulfillment goes smoothly? Consider outsourcing it to a 3PL. Here are some questions that can help you determine if a 3PL can help your merchandise fulfillment.
How much merchandise do you ship a month?
If you’re only shipping out a few pieces per month, then it likely makes more sense to continue fulfilling orders in-house. If you’re seeing more than 200 orders come in each month, however, then you may want to consider outsourcing fulfillment.
How much time are you spending fulfilling your merch?
You don’t have time to spend hours each day fulfilling merch orders. Working with a 3PL can help take operational tasks like inventory management, packing orders, and shipping off your plate — giving you more time back in your day to focus on what you do best.
How big of a following do you have?
As your fan base grows, your merch order volume will, too. Partnering with a 3PL now can help you keep up with an increase in orders — without having to worry about a backlog in the event of overnight success.
Benefits of using ShipBob to fulfill your merchandise
If working with a 3PL seems like the right choice for your merchandise fulfillment, consider partnering with ShipBob. ShipBob is a modern 3PL that offers simple, fast, and affordable retail fulfillment for ecommerce brands.
Here’s how ShipBob can help you streamline your merch fulfillment:
Ship new inventory directly to ShipBob’s fulfillment centers
As soon as your merch is printed, you can ship it directly from the manufacturer to one of ShipBob’s several fulfillment centers in major US cities. This makes it fast and easy to start shipping new merch as soon as it’s ready, so your fans don’t have to wait.
If your fans are spread across the country, your merch fulfillment should be, too. With fulfillment centers in several different urban areas, ShipBob allows brands to split inventory across several warehouses, ensuring it’s closer to more of your customers. Distributing inventory across locations helps reduce shipping costs and transit times, meaning your fans get your merch faster and more affordably.
Manage inventory easily
Keeping track of your merch has never been easier. ShipBob offers real-time inventory management features, allowing you to track inventory levels and forecast demand right from the ShipBob dashboard. Track the stock levels you have available at each of ShipBob’s fulfillment centers and receive automatic notifications when you need to reorder fast-selling merch from your manufacturer.
Handle customer returns
Returns are an unavoidable part of selling merchandise online. ShipBob helps ecommerce merchants automate the returns process, making a typically difficult process more simple and streamlined.
When a customer returns an order, ShipBob will process the return and restock or dispose of the item depending on your preferences. This makes the process easier for both you and your customers; you won’t have to handle returns in-house, and customers can easily track the status of their return shipment.
Teady for a better merchandise fulfillment solution? Request a quote from ShipBob today!
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