International Product Distribution Services

The best thing about ecommerce is you can reach customers across the world.

To take a brand global, ecommerce businesses must find ways to keep shipping costs down and increase transit times to thrive in international markets.

With ShipBob’s international product distribution services, businesses can easily expand into new markets, while also saving time and money.

Learn more about our global fulfilment capabilities, including our growing distribution network and powerful fulfilment platform.

As we grow our business, we know we have the support from ShipBob to grow beyond the UK. Since Brexit, like many small UK businesses, we’ve struggled with the challenges to maintain our international sales. With new time back to focus on growth and ShipBob’s international footprint, we look forward to doubling down our international efforts.

Sara Moradi & Amir Nizancevic,

Co-Founders of iVYVERDURE

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What is international product distribution?

International product distribution is the ability to distribute inventory across a global fulfilment network to easily expand into new markets and offer customers across the world with fast and affordable shipping.

Why do online stores decide to distribute internationally?

Cross-border shipping can be costly and the delivery times can be slow and unreliable.

Online stores choose to distribute product internationally to speed up transit times and benefit from in-country delivery to avoid duties and import taxes.

When you distribute product internationally, you can bulk ship inventory to a fulfilment centre abroad. Let’s say your headquarters is in the US but you have customers in the UK. Once an order comes in from UK, it routed to a UK-based fulfilment centre to be picked, packed and shipped.

“We currently use ShipBob fulfilment centres in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Global fulfilment is a huge need in the corporate gifting market and a necessity for our clients. At Postal, we’re building and actively executing an international strategy. There’s no way we’d be able to do this ourselves – but ShipBob’s combination of tech-forward APIs and logistics expertise allows us to scale globally with ease.”

Ben Jablow, VP, Alliances at Postal

Expand globally with ShipBob

With ShipBob, your business has the potential to reach customers in 200+ countries with international shipping from any ShipBob fulfilment centre in the United States, Canada, Australia, the European Union, and the United Kingdom.

ShipBob’s global capabilities will help you tap into tremendous growth opportunities beyond your local customers.

Thanks to ShipBob’s DDP shipping solution, you can easily simplify cross-border shipping and convert more international shoppers. ShipBob’s DDP capabilities, powered by FlavorCloud, optimises checkout and delivery for international orders from the US and UK.

“We want to focus on making the experience better for our customers. Localizing shipping has been a great way to avoid customers getting hit with customs fees and delays. We stuck with Delivery Duties Unpaid for the last drop, so we’re exploring Delivery Duties Paid for future drops as ShipBob rolls out DDP shipping from more countries.”

Will Kerr, Apparel Lead at Quadrant

Distributed inventory

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 fulfilment centres in two different countries. This has allowed them to ship to 55 countries on seven continents.

Learn more about Ombraz’s growth