One of the advantages of running an ecommerce store as opposed to a retail brick-and-mortar store is that you can reach customers all over the country (or even the world). But there’s one thing to consider: if you are shipping all of your products from a single fulfillment center, but your customers are located across the country, then it’s time to rethink your fulfillment and shipping strategy.
ShipBob is a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that offers a solution: we offer a growing fulfillment center network powered by our proprietary technology. This allows you to check your data and store your ecommerce inventory in the fulfillment centers nearest to your customer base.
We have a fulfillment center nearby Sarasota, Florida in St. Petersburg that you can use to store inventory for Florida-based customers, and fulfillment centers in California and Pennsylvania to service the East and West Coast.
With shortened shipping distances, you’re able to ship faster at an affordable rate. Offering better shipping options for your customers not only help you ship more cost-effectively, but also translate into more sales when customers see cheaper, faster shipping options when placing an online order. Enhancing your shipping can be the game changer that helps your business take off.
“We now save a lot of money and ship faster based on distributed inventory. So far, we are shipping out of two of ShipBob’s fulfillment centers. We use the locations that optimize and reduce the distance traveled to get our products into our customers’ hands faster.”
-Lindsay Louise, Fulfillment & Retail Manager at Synchro
Streamlined order fulfillment services for Sarasota-based ecommerce companies
Order fulfillment is complex and challenging, and it can be a real drag on your time as an ecommerce merchant, but it doesn’t have to be. ShipBob can optimize your fulfillment strategy, save you a ton of time, and help your business rack up more sales. Here’s how it works:
1. Ship your products to our fulfillment centers and sync your store with our platform.
2. When an order is placed, we’re notified and the fulfillment process begins: picking lists are generated automatically, and our fulfillment professionals pick, pack and ship the order quickly.
3. You and the customer receive tracking info on the order.
4. ShipBob also offers options on how to manage ecommerce returns.
Keep track of inventory levels
Warehouse management is one aspect of order fulfillment that many ecommerce companies struggle with. It’s not just about keeping your warehouse organized, but also ensuring counts always match and that you have enough inventory at all times to avoid stockouts.
Full visibility and transparency
Customers have a question about an order? Do you want an overview of daily order volume? How fast are orders being fulfilled? With ShipBob, you’re given access to our free data and analytics tool that provides insights into fulfillment performance, shipping statistics, logistics costs, and more.
For orders, you’re given full transparency into the entire retail order fulfillment process. Quickly search for orders, view the status of all outstanding orders, and track packages with ease.
Cutting-edge proprietary software
ShipBob doesn’t just optimize your shipping by giving you access to multiple fulfillment centers. We’ve also built a proprietary software package that streamlines your shipping by searching top mail carriers to find the best routes and shipping rates.
Why ShipBob is the best 3PL for you
ShipBob not only takes fulfillment off your hands, but helps your ecommerce business optimize your supply chain so you can scale at a faster rate. Here are just a few success stories out of thousands that illustrate how we help ecommerce brands grow faster.
Fulfillment puts a strict limit on growth: you can only fulfill as many orders as you have the warehouse space, manpower, and resources to fulfill. By outsourcing fulfillment to ShipBob, you can remove this limit on growth and scale faster with fewer headaches. Personal care brand Boie, went from a simple Kickstarter campaign to shipping over 12,000 orders per month with ShipBob’s help.
Rapid shipping turnarounds
Your fulfillment capacity also limits how fast you can get shipments out the door after an order is placed. ShipBob’s infrastructure and team of fulfillment professionals enables fast turnarounds along with faster shipping options. For example, supplement brand EnduroSport was able to start shipping orders in just 9 days after they partnered with us.
Cost-savings on shipping
Distributing your inventory reduces the number of shipping zones each package must travel to reach its destination, which ultimately cuts down on shipping costs while offering faster shipping. Tom Brady’s supplement company, TB12, saved 25% on shipping costs after switching to ShipBob from a different 3PL, and they’ve since experienced 75% growth.
Picking the right time to outsource fulfillment to a 3PL
There are many different challenges involved in fulfillment, from calculating shipping costs to warehousing to the pick/pack/ship process. Some of these tasks require significant resources, expertise, or infrastructure, and you may not have the desire or ability to build these processes in-house.
The right time to outsource fulfillment depends on which of these factors are holding your ecommerce business back from growing. Here are some common problems in ecommerce that a 3PL can solve:
- You want more effective or efficient inventory and order management systems.
- Your fulfillment team is prone to errors and you want to professionalize your fulfillment process.
- You are shipping from one Sarasota-based fulfillment center and want lower shipping costs for cross-country shipments.
- Your order volume fluctuates seasonally and you need help during certain parts of the year.
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