The apparel ecommerce market is expected to reach $759+ million by the end of year.
Starting an apparel online has a lot of opportunity, but it’s also super competitive.
Successful apparel brands have a secret: they optimise their apparel logistics strategy by outsourcing fulfilment to the experts.
That’s where ShipBob comes comes in.
ShipBob is a best-in-class 3PL that can optimise your apparel logistics strategy, so you can grow your business.
Read on to learn more about our fulfilment capabilities.
As we saw our small startup business beginning to gain traction, we needed to find a 3PL that could help us manage the thousands of orders we would get in minutes. When I was researching companies, I knew they had to be tech-enabled, integrate with Shopify, and a company that could scale with us. We found exactly that with ShipBob.
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What is apparel logistics?
Apparel logistics refers to outsourcing the ecommerce supply chain to a third-party. It involves the process of warehousing, managing inventory, picking and packing orders, and shipping orders in the most cost-effective way possible.
Establish a apparel logistics strategy with ShipBob
Choosing an apparel fulfilment provider requires an online merchant to consider questions of turnaround time, online store/marketplace software integration, branding options, and ultimately price.
With a global fulfilment network and best-in-class technology, ShipBob offers a wide range of fulfilment capabilities to help you create a cosmetics logistics strategy, including flexible fulfilment, advanced data and analytics, and other world-class logistics solutions.
“Last time we shipped our own packages, it took us 3 weeks. It took ShipBob less than 2 days. I couldn’t wait to delegate this business over, because the stress level was through the roof. I am just so grateful for ShipBob.”
Andrea Hamilton, founder of The Finer Things 1920
ShipBob has vast experience in fulfiling a wide range of apparel, including:
- Women’s wear
- Men’s wear
- Children, toddler, and infant wear
- Clothing accessories such as hats, gloves, scarves, and jewelry
- Active wear
- And much more
Here is an overview of ShipBob’s apparel logistics solutions:
ShipBob partners with fast-growing fashion brands to help them compete in a competitive market. With ShipBob, fashion brands are able to meet customer demand and expand their reach geographically thanks to a growing fulfilment network and expertise in logistics.
“Since partnering with ShipBob, we’ve been able to scale our business from $300,000 in sales per year to over $1.1 million due to infrastructure, technology, and scalability improvements.”
Ryan Casas, COO of iloveplum
ShipBob also partners with brands that offer uniforms for a variety of industries such as medical, education, and hospitality. With ShipBob, you’re able to get uniforms in the hands of the end user quickly and accurately, including the right size and colour.
We also make it easy to track inventory on the SKU level and control stock across our fulfilment network.
Fast, affordable shipping
ShipBob’s fast fulfilment and automated shipping capabilities ensures you meet customer expectations.
ShipBob offers a 2-Day Express Program, which enables enables fast delivery for all continental US orders for any of our ecommerce store integrations. With 2-day shipping as the standard, merchants have been able to reduce cart abandonment by 18% and increase average order value by 97%.
Apparel often sees a high returns rate. But creating a solid returns management process can be a huge undertaking.
ShipBob’s order fulfilment solution gives you several different options on how to manage returns. We make it easy to manage all returns from one dashboard, and with every item returned, you have the option to have it restocked, quarantined, or disposed.
Additionally, ShipBob’s partner ecosystem is extensive and offers plenty of solutions to optimise your returns management process.
With ShipBob’s network of fulfilment centres, 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 fast 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.
Go Global, Easily
ShipBob´s Shipping Program enables fast and cost effective delivery for all UK, European and Global destinations. Working with any of our ecommerce store integrations, you can reach your customers with the best local and international carrier options.
Whether you ship from one or multiple fulfilment centre locations, you can offer fast delivery options to all your customers. Our proprietary algorithm does all the hard work to give you the most cost effective and in-demand delivery options.
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 fulfilment 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.
At ShipBob, we empower merchants to manage their inventory with the right tools and guidance. It’s easy to view the status of inventory and quantity on hand across locations at any point in time, identify slow-moving inventory with high storage costs, and gain insights into the performance of units sold over time by channel.
Our inventory management software helps you set reminders to proactively replenish inventory with reorder notifications, bundle your products for promotions, make inventory transfer requests, and much more.
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 fulfilment centres 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 fulfilment 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.
How ShipBob improves your fulfilment and logistics
Save on fulfilment costs
Coffee creamer brand Prymal joined ShipBob in 2019 and was quickly able to save $8,000 per month on fulfilment costs, while at the same time achieving 4x 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.
Store, ship, and grow internationally
Sunglasses brand Ombraz distributed their inventory across 3 fulfilment centres in two different countries. This has allowed them to ship to 55 countries on seven continents.