One of the biggest challenges that ecommerce businesses face is finding a way to ship their products affordably and quickly without passing along a huge cost to the customer. Most businesses don’t have an extensive distribution infrastructure in place, and they are often forced to fulfill orders in-house using inefficient, manual methods.
By partnering with a 3PL, ecommerce businesses can benefit from having a team and a fulfillment center in place, along with the technology to automate fulfillment logistics. But not all 3PLs have the technology and infrastructure to integrate with your ecommerce stack.
That’s where ShipBob comes in.
ShipBob is a technology-enabled 3PL with a network of fulfillment center locations, including one near the Tucson, Arizona area. With ShipBob, you can store inventory close to home. As you grow your business, you can easily expand into new markets by storing inventory in more than one ShipBob fulfillment center location.
What do ShipBob customers say?
ShipBob has helped thousands of ecommerce businesses with order fulfillment. By outsourcing fulfillment to ShipBob, our merchants have the option to store inventory in more than one fulfillment center location, also known as distributed inventory. This not only lowers shipping rates and cart abandonment, but it also provides plenty of room for growth.
“With ShipBob, we have the option to use more of their warehouses to further reduce shipping costs. 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
Ecommerce order fulfillment in Tucson
You can also expand into new locations in East Coast, West Coast, and in the South. ShipBob also offers international fulfillment services. That way, you can reach customers all over the country with affordable 2-day shipping.
With the help of our implementation specialists, here’s what it takes for you to get started:
- First, easily sync your store with ShipBob’s platform and ship your products to our Arizona-based fulfillment center.
- When an order is placed at your store, it is automatically forwarded to a ShipBob fulfillment center storing your products.
- Our fulfillment teams pick, pack, and ship the order.
- Tracking info is emailed to the customer (and you can track shipments as well from your dashboard).
Split your inventory
Storing all of your inventory in one fulfillment center is not your only warehousing option. With ShipBob, you can store inventory in multiple fulfillment centers to reach customers across the country faster, while also tracking your inventory levels across all fulfillment centers in real-time. This keeps your products closer to your customers, which lowers the cost of shipping and reduces the length of delivery times.
Integrate with your ecommerce stack
Onboarding with ShipBob is simple. We partner with major ecommerce platforms and marketplaces, including Shopify, BigCommerce, Squarespace, and more. Our partner network includes ecommerce specialists in everything from online taxes and marketing, to package design and freight shipping.
Optimize your shipping
ShipBob can help you reduce your overall shipping costs in a variety of ways. One way is through our proprietary technology, which automatically searches mail carriers for the most cost-effective and timely routes. You’ll get the best possible rates on each package without lifting a finger.
Why ShipBob is the best choice for Tucson-based ecommerce businesses
Shipping is one of the most important factors that customers consider when deciding whether or not to buy from an ecommerce business, so the faster and cheaper your shipping options, the more likely customers will convert. Here are some of the other benefits we’ve delivered for our partners.
Spend less time packing boxes
Picking, packing, and shipping orders eats up the time that could be better spent focusing on strategy and growing your business. Many of our merchants experience faster growth than ever once they decide to outsource fulfillment.
For example, after outsourcing fulfillment to ShipBob, sunglasses company Rainbow OPTX saved 120 weekly hours, and experienced 115% growth and 2.5x more order volume.
Get affordable 2-day shipping (for you and your customers)
Most ecommerce businesses don’t have the distribution infrastructure to compete with the likes of Amazon, but with ShipBob’s help you can drastically expand your shipping reach and offer 2-day shipping at a reasonable margin.
After partnering with ShipBob, Ample Foods was able to increase their 2-day ground shipping reach by 103% compared to when they were using only a single fulfillment center, while simultaneously achieving 13% cost-savings to their bottom line.
Increase order volume
With ShipBob, your order volume is no longer limited to what your team can fulfill. We scale with you and fulfill as many orders as your customers can place. With fewer distractions and greater shipping capacity, you can raise the ceiling on your business’ growth potential.
One of our customers, Kula Cloth, tripled their order volume after partnering with us, and have seen as many as 73 orders shipped in a single day.
When is a 3PL right for your Tucson-based business
The right 3PL offers more than just picking and packing services. There are a number of value-adds a 3PL can provide that touch on various areas of fulfillment: inventory management, data and analytics, distributed inventory, and more. But many ecommerce businesses struggle with identifying the right time to take advantage of the services provided by a 3PL.
If you recognize any of the following situations, then now might be the time to outsource:
- Your fulfillment team makes too many errors and you want to professionalize your fulfillment process.
- You want to expand your 2-day shipping coverage.
- Your order volume is rapidly increasing and you are struggling to scale your fulfillment operation to keep up.
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