Reading Fulfillment Solutions

Whether you’re a Reading-based business or a global brand looking to sell more across the UK — you’ve come to the right place!

The UK ecommerce market continues to increase every year and generates over 700 billion GPB in revenue.

But shipping to and from the UK can come with its own set of challenges.

That’s where ShipBob comes in.

ShipBob is a best-in-class 3PL that offers a global fulfillment network, including a fulfillment location in the UK.

Read on to learn how ShipBob help brands sell more across the globe.

“As we’ve grown internationally and in our general order volume, we’ve seen satisfaction go up. ShipBob was a key player and significant partner in helping manage what became unmanageable when we were shipping orders out ourselves.”

Matt Dryfhout, Founder & CEO of BAKblade

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Expand Across the UK with ShipBob

ShipBob’s UK fulfillment center locations are powered by ShipBob’s proprietary and centralized warehouse management system, SLAs, and support team to provide the same level of world-class fulfillment and transparency across our network through our dashboard.

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.

If you decide to store inventory in our UK-based location, you will only have to pay import duties once when bulk shipping products to our UK-based fulfillment center location, 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. We’ll work with your current carrier or freight partners, or you can leverage ShipBob’s relationships with cross-border freight shipping specialists.

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ShipBob: an international 3PL you can rely on

ShipBob is an end-to-end ecommerce fulfillment solution, which means that once you sync your online store with our technology and ship your products to our fulfillment centers, we handle everything else.

When you outsource fulfillment to ShipBob, you can save time and money while improving your bottom line.

We also provide you with tools to monitor the entire process, so you’re always in the know and can answer any customer questions.

Unlike other 3PLs, ShipBob’s proprietary technology comes with built-in order and inventory management tools that makes it easy to track inventory in real-time, plus gather insights on fulfillment performance and shipping.

With ShipBob on their side, merchants have seen a significant improvement in average order value and in cart abandonment rate.

“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

How ShipBob improves your fulfillment and logistics

Save on fulfillment costs

Coffee creamer brand Prymal joined ShipBob in 2019 and was quickly able to save $8,000 per month on fulfillment costs, while at the same time achieving 4x growth.

Learn more about Prymal’s growth

Improve your conversion rate

Not only was BAKblade able to scale internationally by partnering with ShipBob, but they found adding 2-Day Shipping increased their conversions as well.

Learn more about BAKblades’s growth

Store, ship, and grow internationally

Sunglasses brand Ombraz distributed their inventory across 3 fulfillment centers in two different countries. This has allowed them to ship to 55 countries on seven continents.

Learn more about Ombraz’s growth

Distributed inventory

With ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers, you can strategically split your inventory across our locations to get your products from point A to point B more quickly and affordably. Storing inventory near your customers helps reduce the shipping zones and costs associated with shipping orders to faraway destinations.

Distributed inventory also helps you stay competitive by offering fast shipping to your customers. When an order is placed, ShipBob’s algorithm automatically selects the warehouse and carrier that will give you the quickest turnaround at the best price. This strategy has helped our merchants bring 13% savings to their bottom line.

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100% Coverage Across the Continental US

If you’re looking to expand into the United States, ShipBob has 2-Day Express Shipping that provides 100% coverage in the continental US from even just one fulfillment center.

You can also distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s fulfillment centers across all regions of the United States. We leave it up to you to decide where you want us to store your inventory.

Order management

At ShipBob, we track your orders from A to Z. Filter orders by status, search for specific orders, see a quick timeline view of where your order is in the fulfillment process (e.g. when an order is picked, packed, or shipped), easily find shipping-related information (e.g., weights, dimensions, or carrier service), and get a quick snapshot of any orders that require action.

With order management software for your direct-to-consumer and wholesale shipments, you can manage subscriptions, make changes to your orders post-purchase, map your store’s shipping options to ShipBob, and automatically share tracking information with your customers.

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Reporting and analytics

To provide you with visibility into our operations and performance, and also hold ourselves accountable, ShipBob’s free analytics tool is packed with charts to help you with everything from year-end reporting, to better supply chain decision-making.

Data can be a competitive advantage, and our reports show an analysis of which fulfillment centers you should stock, days of inventory left before you run out, impact of promotions on stock levels, each shipping method’s average cart value, shipping cost, and days in transit, your fulfillment cost per order, storage cost per unit, and much more.

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End-to-end customer experience

We care about the customer experience as much as you and strive to be an extension of your team. From custom branded boxes to free plain packaging, ShipBob works with you to provide the unboxing experience you want. We also help you offer the fastest, most cost-effective shipping options to meet your customers’ expectations.

As soon as an order ships, tracking is pushed back to your store. We also offer return management services, allowing customers to generate return shipping labels and track returns, while getting your products processed and back into your available inventory as efficiently as possible.

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