St. Petersburg, Florida Ecommerce Fulfillment Services
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Nearly all ecommerce businesses start out self-fulfilling, and this is easy enough when you’re first growing and order volume is low. But when order volume starts to pick up, problems often start to appear.
There are so many different facets to fulfillment — from warehousing and inventory management to pick, pack, and ship — that many things that can go wrong. And the hassle of packing boxes yourself is hardly the biggest limitation of self-fulfillment.
Most businesses ship out of a warehouse near their home office (or from their home office itself). This makes sense if your customer base is entirely local, since you can ship at a low cost. But what if your business grows and starts to attract customers all over the country?
If you are shipping all your packages from St. Petersburg, Florida, then you’ll pay exorbitant rates on cross-country shipping (and your customers will have to wait longer as well).
Outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL can help remedy this. ShipBob is a 3PL that offers a unique solution known as distributed inventory. We have a network of fulfillment and distribution centers located across the continental US, and when you partner with us you can ship orders from all of them.
That means you can split your inventory across multiple fulfillment centers in different regions, which shortens shipping distances, lowers rates, and quickens deliveries.
Hear from a ShipBob customer
ShipBob has helped thousands of customers store their inventory and ship from the locations that are most optimal to reach customers in the cheapest and fastest way. Using a data-driven approach, they can better predict shipping costs while making decisions that will help their business.
“Because 17% of our orders are shipped to New York, we are moving next into ShipBob’s East Coast fulfillment center. This will help reduce the shipping zones, and, as a result, our average time in transit and shipping cost.”
Steve Staffan, founder and CEO of Brummell
St. Petersburg fulfillment services
Getting started with ShipBob involves a few streamlined steps:
1. Go through an in-depth onboarding and implementation.
2. Sync your store with ShipBob’s platform, so they are notified when orders are placed.
3. Ship your inventory to a ShipBob fulfillment center.
We take care of everything from there, including:
- Fulfilling each order fast and accurately.
- Sending tracking info back through your store to be shared with the customer (you can check the status of any shipment as well)
- Setting up anything else you need, such as temperature control services
Manage daily orders
While ShipBob handles the nitty-gritty of fulfillment, you can oversee the entire process from your dashboard. Whether you need to search for a specific order to update a mailing address, check a shipment’s status, manage returns, or simply stay on top of daily order volume, ShipBob makes it easy.
Track inventory and set mandatory restock levels
There’s nothing worse than running out of stock of an important product: shipments are delayed, customers get angry, and business is lost. With ShipBob, inventory tracking is easy. You can track your inventory levels across all our fulfillment centers in real-time, but you can also set reorder points, so you’re notified when any product is running low.
Add to your stack with world-class integrations
ShipBob is here to grow with you. We have an incredible ecosystem of integrations and partners who can help you grow. We’re integrated with ecommerce platforms (Shopify, BigCommerce, Amazon), shipping partners (ShipStation, Freightos), order and inventory management, and much more.
Choosing ShipBob for your St. Petersburg ecommerce fulfillment
ShipBob has worked with thousands of businesses located in all corners of the US. By making your shipping faster and more cost-effective, we can boost your business by providing more efficiency and more value.
Access a network of fulfillment centers
The ability to store your inventory in multiple fulfillment centers gives you a competitive advantage over other brands who only ship from home. You can reach customers all over the country while limiting the shipping zones your packages must cross. You can get started with one and expand into more strategic locations as you grow.
After partnering with ShipBob and using three fulfillment centers, Nature’s Ultra was able to offer 100% of their customers 2-day shipping (and experienced 9,900% year-over-year growth).
Boost order volume
Spending huge amounts of time on shipping and logistics limits how much time you can spend on strategy and growing your business. By outsourcing to a 3PL, you can focus your time more productively and dedicate yourself to growth. And with cheaper, faster shipping options, your customers are more likely to spend.
For example, Kula Cloth spent a lot of time self-fulfilling orders, but after outsourcing fulfillment to ShipBob, their order volume tripled in just a few months.
Expand your reach
With the distribution infrastructure of a 3PL at your disposal, you can offer 2-day shipping to customers all over the US (and even ship to customers across the world).
One of ShipBob’s customers, internationally-renowned publisher of the Rebel Girls book series, Timbuktu Labs, got started with ShipBob after raising nearly $2 million dollars on Kickstarter campaigns and has shipped to 75 countries.
Is it time for my business to hire a 3PL?
Fulfillment companies can be a game-changer for your business: filling in gaps in infrastructure, technology, and expertise, and allowing you to scale faster and with less hassle. But not every business is ready for scaling, or can use the added resources of a 3PL. It all depends on your company’s particular stage of growth.
If you recognize any of the following signs, then it might be time to outsource retail fulfillment:
- Order volume is increasing faster than your fulfillment team can keep up.
- You ship to many out-of-state customers and your shipping rates are high.
- You’re paying too much for cross-country shipping and want more cost-effective options.
- You want to offer affordable 2-day shipping to customers all over the country.
- You don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to master the ins and outs of fulfillment.
- You’re running out of warehouse space, or your warehouse is disorganized and you want more efficient inventory management.
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