With half of all sales projected to be made online within the next ten years, it comes as no surprise that this rapid growth and expansion takes its toll on the environment.
Each year in the US alone, enough cardboard is used in shipped packages that equates to over 1 billion trees (excludes plastic and other forms of packaging).
And freight movement is the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions with last-mile freight a major contributor to local air pollution.
If you’re looking for a sustainable supply chain solution, ShipBob offers green logistics capabilities. Rean on to learn more.
We launched a waste not, want not product in our efforts against food waste. It is inventory that is completely safe to consume but doesn’t look as visually pleasing because it looks vacuum packed (which could be jarring for first-time customers). ShipBob completes a spot check for us to identify and locate such products and store them in a separate bin, so we can treat it as a separate SKU when shipping out those orders.
Founder & CEO of Juspy
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What is green logistics?
Green logistics refers to establishing a sustainable supply chain by considering the environmental impact.
It involves effort(s) made in planning and executing policies, processes, materials, and technologies across a logistics operations that are geared towards making a more positive impact environmentally, socially, and economically.
Brands that sell online can provide their customers with more sustainable and eco-friendly product, including eco-friendly packaging, while evaluating and reducing their carbon footprint of doing business, especially when it comes to shipping orders.
How ShipBob supports green logistics
From eco-friendly best practices to reducing and offsetting carbon emissions, ShipBob continues to make improvements on sustainability to meet the needs of our customers, as well as our merchants’ customers.
Here is an overview of ShipBob’s green logistics solutions:
Offsets carbon emissions from deliveries
Carbon-neutral shipping aims to reduce the carbon footprint associated with shipping packages. ShipBob customers can easily offset carbon emissions from the shipments fulfiled from ShipBob’s fulfilment centres.
ShipBob partners with Ecocart, so you can purchase carbon credits by allowing your customers to choose (and optionally, pay for) carbon offsets on a per-order basis, and allowing you to offset the carbon impact of product manufacturing and even last-mile delivery.
“Our goal was simple: offset carbon emissions. In our search for the right partner, ShipBob was proactive. We can now share accurate data with our customers regarding the success of our reforestation initiatives.”
Michael Klein, Co-Founder at Herbaly
Green packaging options
Some of the best green commerce shipping options include eco-friendly packing, offering carbon offsets, reducing packaging and more. For example, ShipBob and noissue work together to ensure easier access to sustainable custom packaging.
ShipBob can fulfil customer orders using a brand’s custom eco-friendly packaging. ShipBob can also help you explore other eco-friendly options that are right for your company.
“We use no issue for our eco-friendly mailers that are 100% compostable, and ShipBob ships orders out for us in our custom branded packaging. ShipBob is a fulfilment partner that is truly an extension of our brand.”
Manuel de la Cruz, CEO at Boie
How ShipBob works
Getting started with ShipBob is simple.
Once you sync your online store to our technology, we help get you up and running quickly. As soon as we receive you inventory, the orders are automatically sent to the closest fulfilment centre to the order’s destination to be picked, packed and shipped.
From the ShipBob dashboard, you can track inventory in real time, view order fulfilment and shipping insights, forecast demand, and much more.
Read on to learn more about how ShipBob works.
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.
100% Coverage Across the Continental US
If you’re looking to expand into the United States, ShipBob has 2-Day Express Shipping that provides 100% coverage in the continental US from even just one fulfilment centre.
You can also distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s fulfilment centres across all regions of the United States. We leave it up to you to decide where you want us to store your inventory.
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.