Cosmetics Inventory Management Services

Cosmetics has taken the ecommerce industry by storm.

In fact, 52% of online shoppers said they have purchased a beauty product from a direct-to-consumer (DTC) brand in the past.

This goes to show there is high demand for independent online beauty brands. But even with so much opportunity, there are challenges — especially when it comes to managing inventory

ShipBob is a premium 3PL that helps brands in the cosmetics industry better manage their inventory.

Learn more about ShipBob’s cosmetics inventory management solutions.

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What is cosmetics inventory?

Cosmetics inventory refers to managing a wide range of SKUs that are similar but are offered in a variety of variations.

Some of the most basic cosmetics items include mascara, foundation, lipstick, eye shadow, and powders. Cosmetics inventory requires a more complex inventory management process since products are often sold in a variation of colors and shades.

When selling cosmetics online, it’s not uncommon to have to manage a large number of SKUs while also trying to optimize storage, track best-selling items, and forecast demand.

Simpilify cosmetics inventory management with ShipBob

With a global fulfillment network and best-in-class technology, ShipBob offers a wide range of fulfillment capabilities to help you create a cosmetics logistics strategy, including intuitive inventory management softwareflexible fulfillment, advanced data and analytics, and other world-class logistics solutions.

ShipBob helps you grow your business faster and still provide a great customer experience as you expand.

Here is an overview of ShipBob’s cosmetics logistics and inventory management services:

1. Track inventory in real time

ShipBob’s fulfillment technology designed to help manage inventory in real time. With the right real-time inventory management solution, you can reduce risks of inventory shrinkage, inaccurate inventory reports, stockouts, and backorders.

With inventory tracking software in place, your orders and inventory are synced in real time.

This makes it much easier to track inventory by increasing inventory visibility and providing insights into when it’s time to replenish inventory, run a promotion, and track slow-moving items that are no longer generating sales.

2. Easily manage SKUs

As you grow your cosmetics brand, you will deal with SKU proliferation. But holding on to certain variations of cosmetics items that don’t sell can cut into your profit margins in the long run. To stay profitable, it’s important to optimize inventory by determining slow-moving SKUs and possibly discontinuing them.

With ShipBob’s inventory tracking software, you can easily track slow-moving items vs. fast-moving items and make decisions on what SKUs to discontinue or replenish.

From ShipBob’s dashboard, you also have the option to assign a lot number to specific items stored in our fulfillment center. After we receive your warehouse receiving order (WRO), we will store the items in separate locations, according to their lot number.

You can learn more about our lot tracking process here.

Subscription order management

For most online cosmetics brands, customer acquisition costs are high. By implementing a subscription box or recurring orders model, you can ship products to your customers on a regular, predetermined basis.

With ShipBob’s easy integrations, merchants can seamlessly connect their online store to ShipBob’s technology and leverage subscription apps (e.g., ReCharge, Bold Subscriptions, etc.), or use ShipBob’s Developer API to get subscription box orders fulfilled automatically and reliably.

Distributed inventory

By partnering with a 3PL that offers a network of fulfillment centers, you have the option to split inventory across multiple locations, known as distributed inventory. Utilizing fulfillment centers in different regions can reduce transit times for customers and shipping costs for you.

With ShipBob’s robust fulfillment network, you can store inventory in the locations that make the most sense for your business. Our technology automatically routes each order to the fulfillment center that’s closest to the shipping destination for the most efficient delivery.

Read on to learn more about ShipBob’s capabilities.

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 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.

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.

Inventory management

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 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.

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