One of the most effective ways to speed up ecommerce growth is by opening your business to new markets. The broader your shipping reach, the bigger your potential customer base. And if you can offer fast and affordable shipping options, then you’ll have a major advantage over the competition.
But offering affordable international shipping can be a challenge. Companies spend years and invest millions in building fulfillment and distribution networks. However, with help from a tech-enabled 3PL (third-party logistics) like ShipBob, you can skip all that and instantly scale your fulfillment logistics without the hassle of building a fulfillment infrastructure yourself.
ShipBob operates a network of fulfillment centers across the US, Canada, and Europe. If you partner with us you can access all of them.
If you’re a US-based ecommerce company trying to ship to Montreal, you can bulk ship your ecommerce inventory to our Ottawa fulfillment center and we can fulfill all your Canadian orders from within the country, so that each order doesn’t have to go through customs.
If you are based in Montreal and have US customers, you can do the opposite and take your pick from our network of US fulfillment centers.
With our help, scaling your shipping and expanding into new, lucrative markets is easier than ever.
“We partnered with ShipBob to scale up operations in the United States. We’ve seen a reduction of 70% on shipping costs in the US, which helps keep conversions high.”
Greg MacDonald, CEO & Founder of Bathorium
Ecommerce order fulfillment in Montreal
ShipBob makes international fulfillment painless and simple: just set up your store with our platform, ship us your inventory, and we’ll take care of everything else. Here’s how it works:
- First, sync your store with our platform from your Onboarding Dashboard.
- Then, ship inventory to a ShipBob fulfillment center. If you want to ship to Canadian customers, then you can bulk ship your inventory to our Ottawa fulfillment center.
- We are notified automatically when an order is placed, and our professionals prepare and ship the order (with tracking info sent to the customer).
- You and the customer get faster, more affordable shipping.
Pick, pack, and ship
By outsourcing retail fulfillment to us, you’ll never have to spend time picking orders and packing boxes. When an order is placed at your store, picking lists are auto-generated at our fulfillment center and our professionals kick into action. You can also choose custom-designed packaging and choose the perfect materials for your product.
ShipBob doesn’t just enhance your shipping capacity and simplify the fulfillment process. We also use cutting-edge technology to optimize your shipping by searching the top mail carriers and finding the cheapest, fastest routes for each package automatically.
One advantage of working with ShipBob is that all of your data is collected in one place. Our analytics platform provides deep insight into your supply chain, consumer demand, inventory requirements, and much more.
Choosing ShipBob for your Montreal order fulfillment
Outsourcing fulfillment to ShipBob allows you to focus on the parts of your business that matter most. And, with better shipping options available, customers are more likely to convert and spend.
Spend less on fulfillment
Fulfillment is one of an ecommerce business’s biggest costs, and your fulfillment costs also inform your shipping options. If you’re spending too much on fulfillment, then you’ll likely pass that cost onto the consumer and won’t be able to offer better shipping options.
Partnering with ShipBob and distributing your inventory enables you to drive down costs and optimize your shipping. One of our partners, eco-friendly beach brand Ocean & Co. switched to ShipBob from a different 3PL and quickly saved 33% on fulfillment, while racking up $2 million in sales in their first year.
Grow your business faster
Your sales and rate of growth are also tied to your shipping & fulfillment capacity: you can only sell as many orders as you can ship. Oftentimes, ecommerce founders end up spending huge chunks of their time picking orders and packing boxes, rather than focusing on high-level strategy and growing their business. With ShipBob, you can get back to working on the stuff that you love.
Anastasia Allison, the founder of outdoor company Kula Cloth, used to spend most of her time fulfilling orders. After partnering with ShipBob and using 2 fulfillment centers she was freed up to focus on growth, and Kula Cloth has since tripled their order volume (even fulfilling as many as 73 orders in a single day!) without Anastasia lifting a finger.
Ship all over the world
With ShipBob you’re not restricted to shipping only to the US and Canada: we also have a fulfillment center in Europe (Ireland), and we’ve worked with hundreds of ecommerce brands to ship to every continent.
One of our partners, media company Timbuktu Labs, chose us to fulfill their smash hit debut book series Rebel Girls. They’ve since sold 3.5 million copies, and we’ve shipped 20,000 backer rewards across 75 countries.
When should I outsource fulfillment to a 3PL?
If you’re trying to find the perfect time to outsource fulfillment, ask yourself: what is holding my business back from growth? If your business is still young and you haven’t generated enough sales to have problems with scaling, then you may not need to outsource. But, if there are parts of the fulfillment process that you’re struggling with and that are hindering your growth, then you should consider outsourcing. Here are some common pain points a 3PL like ShipBob can solve for you:
- You want to ship to customers in Montreal, but you are based in the US and don’t think customers will pay a premium on your products for international shipping.
- Your fulfillment team is prone to errors, so you want to streamline and professionalize the fulfillment process.
- You and your team spend too much time on fulfillment.
- Orders are pouring in faster than ever and your fulfillment team is falling behind.
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