America is one of the biggest ecommerce markets in the world, and it’s also geographically one of the biggest countries in the world. If you’re shipping orders to the United States, you have access to a huge market, but your customers will be spread out across the country, rather than in one city or region.
This can be an issue as you start to serve more customers nationwide, especially if you’re shipping orders from only one location. If you’re shipping from one location in the Pacific Northwest, but want to reach more customers in states like like New York and California, then you’re going to end up paying a premium on shipping.
ShipBob offers fulfillment center locations across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. With a robust fulfillment network, merchants have the option to split inventory across multiple fulfillment center locations, known as distributed inventory.
This gives you a competitive advantage. Rather than shipping a large amount across the country, you can reduce the number of shipping zones a package must travel through by storing your inventory closest to where your customers are.
With ShipBob, You can pick and choose which fulfillment center you want to ship from, which ultimately will help reduce your shipping costs and time in transit, and save you time by taking fulfillment tasks off your plate.
“I partnered with ShipBob in May 2019. I was terrified to outsource fulfillment at first, but I knew that what I was doing was completely unsustainable. I would have prevented my own success had I kept trying to do everything myself. It turns out ShipBob has exceeded my expectations. ”
Anastasia Allison, founder of Kula Cloth
Ecommerce order fulfillment in the Pacific Northwest
If you want to access lower shipping rates and faster delivery times for customers in the Pacific Northwest (and elsewhere across the US), then distributed inventory may be for you. ShipBob simplifies the onboarding process and takes care of everything from there. Here’s how it works:
- Check your data and find where your customers live.
- Connect your store to ShipBob’s dashboard through a few simple steps.
- Ship your inventory to the fulfillment centers closest to where your customers are located.
- Once an order is placed on your online store, it is automatically sent to the closest fulfillment center and our team fulfills the order.
- You get full visibility into the entire process from one single dashboard.
Manage your orders and inventory
Two of the most important components of fulfillment are order and inventory management. ShipBob offers built-in inventory management, so you can closely track inventory levels, set mandatory inventory minimums, look up orders, and set automatic reorder notifications to avoid stockouts.
State-of-the-art proprietary software
Distributing your inventory is just one way that ShipBob optimizes your shipping. We also use a proprietary shipping platform to find you the lowest shipping prices based on different carrier services and the fastest routes for each package. Our software automatically searches the top mail carriers, so there’s no work on your part and you get the best rates every time.
Incisive data and analytics
ShipBob offers free data and analytics reporting tool that provides full visibility into the entire fulfillment process, as well as provide insights to help make better business decisions (like which fulfillment center to expand into). Get answers to questions like:
- Which states do I ship the most orders to?
- Which orders haven’t been delivered yet?
- How much inventory do I currently have on hand at each ShipBob fulfillment center?
- What were my historical stock levels at any point in time in any location?
- How many days do I have left until a SKU will be out of stock?
- By when do I need to reorder inventory for each product?
- What is the average cart value and shipping cost by shipping method and order?
- How much money would I save on shipping if I changed the fulfillment center locations my inventory is in?
- And much more
Why ShipBob is the best choice for your business
Order fulfillment is important but daunting task when it comes to running an ecommerce business. It eats up much of your manpower and resources, and involves a series of tedious logistical tasks. Instead of spending all your time on fulfillment, let ShipBob take if off your plate for you.
Start shipping faster right away
A fulfillment process that’s slow and laggy will drag out shipping times and disappoint your customers. One advantage of outsourcing fulfillment is that you can turnaround orders faster.
ShipBob also makes onboarding a breeze, so you can optimize your shipping right away without having to go through a cumbersome process. Once our customer, supplement company EnduroSport, sent us their inventory, we were able to start shipping their orders within just 9 days.
“Having confidence in scaling fulfillment is hypercritical for us. With ShipBob, we find comfort in knowing we can scale and have orders fulfilled in a quick manner.”
Tim Fink, Co-Founder of EnduroSport
Save on fulfillment costs
Shipping and fulfillment are two of the biggest costs for ecommerce business, and reducing them even a bit can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Savings on fulfillment can also be passed onto the customer in the form of lower shipping prices, which will help increase average order volume and reduce cart abandonment.
Healthy 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.
“Last July, Prymal reached $40,000 in revenue. After switching to ShipBob just four months later in November, we are reaching $160,000 a month in revenue — that’s 300% growth. We’re also saving $8,000 per month in fulfillment costs.”
Courtney Lee, founder of Prymal
Ship affordably to customer all over the country (or the world)
ShipBob’s extensive fulfillment footprint enables you to ship more efficiently to customers around the world. We have a fulfillment center in Canada and in Europe, so we can help you get started with international fulfillment and launch into new markets without breaking the bank.
Sunglasses brand Ombraz partnered with ShipBob in 2018 and started using 3 fulfillment centers on 2 different continents. They’ve since shipped to 55 countries and all 7 continents.
“We want everyone to get their Ombraz in a few days or less with no duties at delivery. Our goal is to remove the barriers to purchase. Now, a customer can get their package without spending an extra 25 euros or Canadian dollars after purchasing a pair of sunglasses.”
Nikolai Paloni, Co-Founder of Ombraz Sunglasses
How to know when you’re ready to outsource order fulfillment
Each business grows at its own pace, so the right time to outsource will vary for each business. If you outsource too quickly you may not have the order volume to justify the investment. But do it too late and you could miss your chance to scale rapidly. The main question is: What is holding you back from growing?
We’ll walk through a series of scenarios below, if any of these blockers of growth sound familiar then it might be time to outsource:
- You want to deliver to customers in the Pacific Northwest faster, but you’re based elsewhere in the US and overpay for shipping
- You devote a lot of time and resources to self-fulfillment and want to focus on other parts of your business.
- Your orders are quickly increasing, and you’re struggling to scale your team fast enough.
- Your business has seasonal fluctuations in order volume and you need help to handle all the orders.
Outsource your order fulfillment today!
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