Offering faster, more affordable shipping is a major goal of most ecommerce merchants. Better shipping options help you stay competitive, improve cart abandonment rate, and can even speed up your business growth. But not every business has the ability to offer fast and affordable shipping, especially if they only ship from a single fulfillment center.
The problem is that most ecommerce companies have a customer base that is distributed across the United States. So, if you’re shipping everything from Nevada, but your customers live on the East and West Coast, you’re going to overpay on shipping for those regions (and your delivery times will lag as well). The solution is to distribute your inventory, but doing so requires access to multiple fulfillment centers.
ShipBob is a tech-enabled third-party logistics (3PL) partner that provides exactly that. You can distribute your inventory across any number fulfillment centers (including international locations in Ireland and Canada), which helps to reduce shipping costs and speed up deliveries. And when customers see cheaper, faster shipping in their shopping cart, they’re more likely to buy (and spend more, increasing average order value).
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“Because ShipBob has a lot of people to handle our orders and additional warehouses we can expand into, we can scale up with ease as we continue to grow quickly. If we ran our own warehouse, it would be much harder to hire people and we’d inevitably outgrow the space.”
Oded Harth, CEO & Co-Founder of MDacne
Outsourced fulfillment services in Nevada
ShipBob makes order fulfillment easy and it starts with proper onboarding. We help you get started and walk you through a few simple steps. From there, the fulfillment process works like this:
- Ship inventory to a ShipBob fulfillment center (or multiple fulfillment centers, whichever you prefer).
- Once an order is made on your store, it gets automatically sent to the closest fulfillment center where inventory is stored.
- Our team pick and packs your order quickly.
- The order is shipped and tracking info is generated.
Monitor stock levels in real-time
Inventory tracking is a tedious task and inventory counts can easily be thrown off, which can lead to stockouts, shipping delays, angry customers and lost sales. With ShipBob, none of this is a concern. You can track your inventory at each fulfillment center and set automatic reorder points based on historical order data.
No ecommerce owner wants to spend all their time preparing and packaging shipments, but that’s exactly what often happens (especially in earlier stages of growth). ShipBob takes care of the entire picking and packing process for you. When an order is placed at your store, picking lists are auto-generated at our fulfillment centers and the order fulfillment process can begin.
Top ecommerce integrations
ShipBob’s platform is integrated with some of the top solutions in ecommerce, covering various areas from packaging and shipping to returns management. This allows us to provide our merchants with an end-to-end ecommerce solution:
- Easy integration with top ecommerce platforms, including Shopify, BigCommerce, Squarespace, WooCommerce, and more.
- Branded custom packaging partners like noissue.
- Shipping platforms like ShipStation and Freightos.
- And returns management solutions like Returnly and Happy Returns.
Why ShipBob is the 3PL of choice for top Nevada ecommerce companies
Whether you’re a new business or an experienced ecommerce brand, ShipBob’s technology and distribution system can take your business to the next level of growth.
Here are a few examples of how we’ve benefited our partners.
Distribute your inventory
One of the biggest advantages of working with ShipBob is that you don’t have to restrict yourself to a single Nevada fulfillment center. Splitting your inventory across multiple fulfillment centers brings your inventory closer to customers, which reduces shipping zones and speeds up time in transit.
BAKblade, a men’s body shaver company, started using 5 ShipBob fulfillment centers when they partnered with us in 2016, and have since experienced 291% growth. They also recently expanded into ShipBob’s Canadian location.
“From our history through the years with ShipBob, it was a no-brainer to expand into other markets with them, knowing that they have done their due diligence to meet the ShipBob standard.”
Matt Dryfhout, Founder & CEO of BAKblade
Save on shipping
Distributed inventory will also lower your shipping costs and improve your bottom line. ShipBob goes one step further in optimizing your shipping with our proprietary technology that scans rates and routes from mail carriers to find the most cost-efficient route.
One of our partners, TB12 (co-founded by Tom Brady), started using 3 ShipBob fulfillment centers in 2019 and quickly experienced 75% growth while, at the same time, reducing fulfillment costs by 25% compared to their previous 3PL.
“We need to deliver quickly and inexpensively. Since switching to ShipBob from our previous 3PL, our fulfillment cost on comparable orders went down by 25%.”
Michael Peters, VP of E-Commerce Operations at TB12
Expand into new markets
With ShipBob’s distribution infrastructure behind you, your business can grow without bounds. We currently have a fulfillment center in Canada and Ireland, and we’ve helped thousands of merchants ship packages all over the globe.
Armless sunglasses brand Ombraz ships to customers in 55 different countries and all 50 states. There’s a pair of Ombraz on every continent, so saving on international fulfillment was crucial.
Now, they’re able to ship to Canadian customers within country, significantly reducing international shipping costs.
“It’s a pain to pick, pack, and print the labels, and manage the storage. It would be a huge stress for us to do it ourselves, but the fact that ShipBob takes care of it all, both the savings in costs and time, is invaluable to our business.”
Nikolai Paloni, Co-Founder of Ombraz Sunglasses
When is a third-party logistics provider right for your business?
Outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL can be beneficial for businesses at various stages of growth. If you have high demand for your product from the moment you launch (as with a successful Kickstarter campaign, for instance) then you can save yourself a ton of headaches by outsourcing fulfillment right away.
For other businesses, the right time to outsource is generally when your in-house fulfillment system is struggling with capacity and hampering your ability to grow. Here are some common retail fulfillment issues that a 3PL can help with:
- Your business is scaling rapidly and your fulfillment team is struggling to fulfill orders in a timely and accurate fashion.
- You want to offer affordable, faster shipping options but don’t have the distribution system in place.
- You don’t have the time or energy to build an extensive fulfillment system in-house.
- You want more capable inventory and order management systems.
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