Finding a way to offer fast, low-cost shipping options is one of the biggest challenges many ecommerce companies face. Customers expect it, but it’s difficult to deliver without the right distribution infrastructure.
Third-party logistics (3PL) providers can fill this gap by providing you with the fulfillment centers, technology, and manpower to optimize your shipping strategy. But every ecommerce business has their own set of needs, and not every 3PL has the technology to properly integrate with ecommerce platforms, automate the fulfillment process, and provide transparent shipping data.
ShipBob is a tech-enabled 3PL and an extension of your brand: we use advanced shipping and logistics technology to find the most efficient and cost-effective shipping routes, integrate with your current tech stack, and use a system called distributed inventory to lower your shipping costs even further.
We have a fulfillment center in St. Petersburg, so Tampa-based businesses can keep some inventory nearby, and we also allow you to store your inventory at our other fulfillment center locations, bringing your products closer to your customer base to reduce shipping zones and costs. Our St. Petersburg fulfillment center also offer temperature-control capabilities for sensitive products.
“When shipping glass bottles, especially in the winter, the longer the transit time, the more likely it is to break. With ShipBob, we see that our customers are getting their packages safer, with fewer frozen bottles exploding.”
Lindsay Louise, Fulfillment & Retail Manager at Synchro
ShipBob’s Tampa Bay fulfillment services
ShipBob offers fast onboarding so you can get started shipping as soon as possible. Once you’re setup, you’ll never have to lift a finger to ship orders again! Here’s how it works:
- First, sync your online store with ShipBob’s platform.
- Ship your products to our fulfillment centers based on where your customers live.
- Orders placed at your site are automatically sent to a ShipBob fulfillment center.
- Fulfillment professionals pick, pack, and ship the order.
- Tracking info is sent to the customer (and visible from your ShipBob dashboard as well).
Easy and fast onboarding
Getting your store setup with ShipBob requires no coding or programming. We walk you through each step of the onboarding process and our support reps are always on hand to answer any questions you have.
Free packing supplies and white label service
With ShipBob, there are no hidden charges or packaging fees: we package each shipment according to your specifications and standard materials are included in your quote. We also partner with custom packaging experts to meet any custom packaging needs. We also make sure that the only place our name appears is on the shipping label.
Order and inventory management software
ShipBob’s platform also comes with built-in order and inventory management technology that ensures full transparency into the entire fulfillment process. Track shipments, stay updated on inventory counts, and set automatic inventory reorder points to avoid stockout.
Why ShipBob is the best 3PL for Tampa Bay ecommerce businesses
ShipBob can not only make your life easier by taking retail fulfillment off your hands, but also help your business grow. Here’s how.
Get better shipping rates
Distributing your inventory reduces the number of shipping zones that each package must cross, which means better rates and faster deliveries. ShipBob’s technology also automatically searches different mail carriers to find you the most efficient and cost-effective route.
This translates into real cost-savings. After supplement company Ample Foods partnered with ShipBob and started using multiple fulfillment centers, they saved 13% on their bottom line compared to just shipping from a single fulfillment center, while also increasing 2-day ground shipping coverage by 103%.
Scale with ease
Fulfillment is often one of the biggest hampers on growth. You only have so much manpower and time for fulfillment, and you can’t fulfill more orders than you and your team can handle. By taking fulfillment off your hands, ShipBob removes this ceiling on growth and allows you to scale as fast as possible.
The CEO and co-founder of one of our business partners, MDacne, put it like this:
“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.”
Offer 2-day shipping
If you’re only shipping from a Tampa Bay fulfillment center, then you likely won’t be able to offer affordable 2-day shipping to customers that live on, say, the West Coast. With ShipBob, you can keep some of your products near home at our St. Petersburg fulfillment center, and store others at our fulfillment centers in different regions. This will allow you to offer 2-day shipping to more customers no matter where they live.
CBD company Nature’s Ultra was able to offer 2-day shipping on 100% of their orders after partnering with ShipBob and using 3 of our fulfillment centers. In that same time, they managed to achieve 9,900% growth.
Is my business ready to outsource fulfillment to a 3PL?
That depends on what the pain points of your business are, and how much they are hindering your potential growth. Fulfillment touches on nearly all parts of an ecommerce business, so one of the values of a 3PL like ShipBob is that we can solve a number of problems for your business. Here are some common ones that indicate your can benefit from the help of a 3PL:
- Your daily orders are increasing and your fulfillment team is rushed or overworked.
- You are shipping from a single Tampa Bay fulfillment center and can’t offer affordable 2-day shipping to customers that live outside of Florida.
- You don’t have storage space and need a new warehouse.
- You don’t have time to manage fulfillment moving forward.
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