Iowa Fulfillment Services

Fulfillment is one of the most important components of running a successful ecommerce business, encompassing everything from supply chain management and inventory management to how fast your shipping is and how much it costs. It determines whether or not you have enough inventory on hand to meet demand, and ensures you don’t tie up too much capital in inventory.

But, because fulfillment is so multi-layered and complex, many ecommerce companies struggle to get it right. 

Outsourcing fulfillment to a third-party logistics (3PL) provider can solve fulfillment problems for your company. ShipBob is a 3PL that can help you reduce your shipping costs and speed up delivery times. This ultimately leads to more sales, higher average order value, and happier customers. 

“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.”

Oded Harth, CEO & Co-Founder of MDacne

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Distribute your inventory and ship more efficiently

Your average ecommerce company oftentimes uses a fulfillment center nearby, but while this model is logical for brick-and-mortar retail, it makes less sense for an ecommerce company whose customer base is spread out across the country. If you only have an Iowa fulfillment center but much of your customers live on the East or West coasts, then the cost of shipping to those customers will be hefty. And, when you’re competing against retail giants and marketplaces like Amazon, this becomes a major competitive disadvantage. 

Instead, imagine that you could adopt the infrastructure and shipping capabilities of a national retail giant overnight — this is what ShipBob can do for your business. We have a growing fulfillment distribution across the globe. You can choose to ship from any or all of them based on where your customers live. Just check your data, choose the ShipBob fulfillment centers closest to your customers, and we’ll distribute your products from there. 

ShipBob uses best-in-class technology that searches the top mail carriers for the fastest, more affordable route quote for each shipment. We take care of picking, packing, and shipping, so you never have to spend time packing boxes again! 

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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 two-day 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

ShipBob’s 2-Day Express Shipping provides 100% coverage in the continental US from even just one fulfillment center.

You can distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s 15+ fulfillment centers within the United States, or just use one.  We leave it up to you to decide where you want us to store your inventory.  We’ll ship 2-Day express orders in 2 days regardless.

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.


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.


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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