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One of the most difficult parts of growing an ecommerce store is managing fulfillment as you grow and expand into new markets. Your business can only sell as many products as you can fulfill, and as more and more orders come in, you will have to find a way to tap into a robust order fulfillment infrastructure to stay competitive and meet customer expectations. 

Outsourcing fulfillment to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider is a simple way to optimize logistics operations. ShipBob is a 3PL with a distribution network that stretches across multiple continents with international fulfillment center locations.

To reduce shipping costs and last-mile delivery times, our expanded distribution network allows you to split inventory across multiple fulfillment centers. Whether you’re looking to expand into new markets or specifically in the United Kingdom, ShipBob can help.

“The network and team that ShipBob has are incredible. We’re able to leverage a vast network of fulfillment centers. The ability to touch base with the team and use a data-driven approach for identifying areas of improvement and where we might benefit from expanding our use of the ShipBob fulfillment center locations has saved us time and allowed us to provide better experiences for our customers.” 

Stephanie Lee, COO at PetLab Co.

Expand into new markets with ShipBob

Many ecommerce businesses want to grow out of their home country but don’t have the resources or energy to make it happen. ShipBob makes expansion easy: partner with us and you can adopt an entire distribution infrastructure that spans the globe. 

With ShipBob, you can store inventory in one or more ShipBob fulfillment centers based on where your customers are located. If you’re interested in expanding into England or the UK, ShipBob can help you enter this market easier and more affordably. 

ShipBob has worked with thousands of brands all over the world to scale retail fulfillment, lower logistics costs, and boost growth. Partner with us and you get faster fulfillment and shipping while saving time, money, and energy. 

“As we expand our online presence internationally, both directly and selling through marketplaces, we knew we needed a trusted fulfillment partner with a physical presence overseas.

From our history through the years with ShipBob, it was a no-brainer to expand into other markets with them. We know  they have done their due diligence to meet the ShipBob standard.”

Marc Fontanetta, Director of Operations at BAKblade

Sell more across the United Kingdom

To get started with ShipBob, simply connect your store to ShipBob’s technology. Then, you can bulk ship your inventory to ShipBob’s international fulfillment locations in Swindon, Manchester, and Birmingham, and more. With your inventory on hand and your store synced with our platform, we automatically receive orders to be quickly be picked, packed, and shipped. 

“International shipping is very important to us — not only in terms of costs but also the customer experience. When I found out ShipBob was expanding into both Canada and Europe, I knew we wanted to expand our physical footprint with them.

This offers us the ability to reduce taxes and tariffs that come with international shipping. Now, these orders see a large reduction in shipping costs.”

Nikolai Paloni, Co-founder of Ombraz Sunglasses

Why expand into the UK?

In 2019, ecommerce revenue exceeded £693 billion in the UK, which is arguably the most advanced ecommerce market in Europe.

If you’re looking to grow your ecommerce business internationally, selling across the UK is a great place to expand with plenty of opportunity.

Fulfill orders for UK customers

Our UK fulfillment centers are located in Birmingham, Manchester, and Swindon. Each runs on ShipBob’s warehouse management system, SLAs, and support team to provide the same level of world-class fulfillment and transparency across our network through our dashboard.

You will only have to pay import duties once when you initially ship your products to our UK-based fulfillment center locations, rather than paying duties on each package. Along with customs, duties, and becoming a non-resident importer, ShipBob will walk you through the process of sending freight to our UK fulfillment center(s).

We’ll work with your current carrier or freight partners, or you can leverage ShipBob’s relationships with cross-border freight shipping specialists.

Faster and affordable international shipping

For each package, ShipBob’s technology automatically searches rates from each of the top mail carriers, and finds the cheapest and fastest route. That way, you and your customers get the best shipping option for each package without having to lift a finger.

The average transit time to all of the UK is 1-4 business days using Royal Mail and DPD. We also plan to add more carrier options and shipping destinations. 

Should my expand my business into London?

Looking to launch into UK/London market, but not sure if your business is ready? Here are some signs that it’s time to invest in global fulfillment and partner with an international 3PL like ShipBob: 

  • You are seeing an uptick in website traffic from the London but high cart abandonment.
  • You want to access UK markets, but you don’t want to deal with the complexities of international fulfillment.
  • You want to offer inexpensive faster and affordable shipping options to London customers. 
  • You don’t want to pay international shipping premiums

“Since joining ShipBob, international fulfillment has been incredibly easy, where beforehand it was frustrating. With our previous 3PL, we had to do a lot of site visits to check in and correct issues. ShipBob has completely taken that burden off our hands. 

We have a small team – so for a business that is shipping globally, logistics can get quite difficult. ShipBob has been a great partner in streamlining final mile logistics and has allowed us to continue to scale.” 

– Will Kerr, Apparel Lead at Quadrant

If this sounds like you, it might be time to partner with ShipBob.

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