Ecommerce brands have a tendency to keep their fulfillment center close to home. But for affordable two-day shipping, what really matters is the location of your customers. To offer two-day shipping at an affordable margin, you need to optimize deliveries by reducing shipping zones. That’s where ShipBob comes in.
ShipBob can store your inventory across a national network of fulfillment centers and automatically route each customer’s order to the nearest fulfillment center. That means cheaper, faster shipping for you and your customers — which drives business growth, increases AOV, and lowers shopping cart abandonment.
If you limit yourself to a single San Diego fulfillment center, then shipping anywhere outside of your backyard will be costly.
Before I got started in ShipBob’s LA facility, I toured a different 3PL’s warehouse near me in San Diego. While I thought it would have been easier to work with a 3PL so close to me, my gut instinct told me that they weren’t the right choice for us. ShipBob’s fulfillment center gave me a much better feeling.
Noel Churchill, Owner and CEO of Rainbow OPTX
How it works
The ShipBob ecommerce fulfillment process is straightforward:
- Ship your products to us.
- Connect ShipBob’s technology to your ecommerce platform in minutes to sync your store.
- ShipBob is automatically notified when your customers place an order. Then the order is picked, packed, and shipped with ecommerce order tracking info sent back to the customer.
- Enjoy low fulfillment costs, more free time, and an improved customer experience — all without having to worry about managing your own San Diego fulfillment center.
Full-stack fulfillment services for San Diego
ShipBob has the infrastructure, technology, and expertise for true full-stack fulfillment. Once your product is in our hands, we take care of everything else.
ShipBob makes keeping track of your inventory easy. View the inventory counts you have available and create inventory reports. Calculate safety stock and get notifications when you need to reorder more products to prevent stockouts.
Automatically sync orders from your ecommerce platform to get real-time insight on every step throughout the order process. Search for orders and track their status from your dashboard throughout the fulfillment and shipping process.
Affordable 2-day shipping is the new industry standard. ShipBob’s fulfillment technology automates and streamlines order fulfillment, so ecommerce merchants can ship faster and more affordably to customers around the country (and even the world).
Pick and pack services
Orders are pushed automatically to the optimal ShipBob fulfillment center, a picking list is generated, and orders are picked and packed. Standard packing materials are included, and you can even request custom-branded packaging to build your brand.
Why choose ShipBob ecommerce fulfillment for your San Diego business
Unlike storing inventory in a San Diego fulfillment center, ShipBob’s technology, services, and fulfillment centers across the US give you better reach, faster transit times, and lower inventory carrying costs. Read on to learn more about what makes ShipBob a modern 3PL.
ShipBob can store your products at different warehouses in major US cities that are near your customers. This reduces shipping costs, transit times, and the zones you ship to. With distributed inventory, if one fulfillment center is out of a product or can’t ship due to extreme weather conditions, you can simply ship from a different one.
Dedicated customer support
ShipBob has customer support reps onsite at each fulfillment center, and dedicated account managers for each enterprise customer. That way, you can quickly get answers to any order or inventory questions you have.
Precise reporting and analysis
Syncing your orders with inventory data puts all of your most important information in one accessible place. View detailed reports on inventory, track how products are selling, and make your supply chain more efficient with accurate inventory forecasting.
Integrate with top solutions
ShipBob works within your existing platform — BigCommerce, Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento, Squarespace, Amazon, eBay, and more. No developer work is needed to get started.
ShipBob partners with shipping platforms such as ShipStation and Freightos in addition to USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL to optimize and lower your logistics costs. Bulk shipping discounts can make your rates even more affordable.
Have backer rewards to ship through Kickstarter or Indiegogo? ShipBob works with crowdfunding platforms and management tools to fulfill rewards seamlessly and on-time.
ShipBob lets merchants enhance their brand through custom packaging and inserts. Getting branded boxes or poly mailers through ShipBob partners Arka, Packlane, or noissue helps create the perfect your unboxing experience for your customers.
Other ecommerce partners
From financing to marketing, see how ShipBob’s partner ecosystem can elevate your business.
Use shipping to grow your business
Ecommerce customers expect quick, affordable shipping more than ever: 63% of consumers want delivery within three days, and higher than expected shipping costs are the number one reason customers abandon their carts. With ShipBob’s fulfillment services, ecommerce merchants can offer affordable 2-day shipping while reducing the costly administrative burden of fulfillment.
Two-day shipping doesn’t have to be costly: by partnering with a 3PL like ShipBob, you can actually make it a revenue-generator: Tutu brand iloveplum doubled their average order value and grew sales 267% year-over-year by partnering with ShipBob.
By working with a 3PL, you save thousands of hours in manual labor. That effort can be reallocated into growing your online brand. San Diego-based sunglasses company Rainbow OPTX saved more than 120 weekly hours by partnering with ShipBob — and grew their business 115% in the process.
Reduce cart abandonment
Offering fast shipping has an immediate impact on your conversion funnel: Weighted blanket company My Calm Blanket reduced abandoned carts by 18% after partnering with ShipBob.
Grow your business
When you don’t have to spend time on fulfillment, you can focus on strategic tasks that help your business scale. Men’s grooming company BAKblade raised over $1.4 million through crowdfunding and partnered with ShipBob to fulfill rewards. Then, they grew 291% in under 3 years with ShipBob.
Common fulfillment center FAQs
What are shipping zones?
Shipping zones are used by carriers (such as USPS, Fedex, UPS) to measure the distance that a package has to travel. The more zones a package must cross to reach its destination, the longer the transit time and the greater the shipping cost.
Should I outsource fulfillment?
In-house fulfillment eats up more of your budget, time, attention, and patience as you scale your ecommerce business. Working with a 3PL enables you to focus on strategy — not packing boxes. Fulfillment is a bottleneck for many ecommerce merchants. Here are some signs you may have reached that stage:
- Order volume is increasing and you are struggling to fulfill orders
- Too much manpower is devoted to fulfillment logistics like pick/pack/ship
- There is little space to store inventory (or walk around)
- You want to improve conversion rates and offer better shipping options
- You have no interest, time, money, or expertise to build a distribution infrastructure
- You are using a single San Diego fulfillment center or warehouse space and are overpaying for cross-country shipments