Stop Packing Boxes. Switch to ShipBob.
There is a lot that goes into growing your business, so it’s important to use your time wisely. That means, delegating certain tasks to the experts. One of the easiest things to take off your plate is order fulfilment. That’s where a third-party logistics (3PL) company comes in.
Self-fulfillment might make sense when you’re first starting out, but if order volume continues to rise, packing orders and keeping track of your inventory on your own will soon become costly and time-consuming.
ShipBob is a tech-enabled 3PL with a growing international fulfilment network. We offer the infrastructure, technology, and support you need to make the transition from self-fulfillment to outsourcing easy without losing control over your business. No more managing inventory, packing boxes, and dealing with carriers.
Pablo Gabatto ,
Business Operations Manager at Ample Foods
Our focus is to grow our business, and that will not be achieved by packing up orders, sending out boxes, and dealing with enormous carriers like FedEx and UPS ourselves. That’s what ShipBob has mastered.
Making the Transition from Self-Fulfilment Easy
Streamlined fulfilment from your online store to your customer’s door
Connect your online store with ShipBob’s technology.
We store your inventory securely in our fulfilment centres.
Your customer places an order on your store.
We pick, pack, and ship the order to your customer fast.
My company’s orders have more than tripled now that I’m able to spend more time looking at the big picture rather than stuffing envelopes all day.
Founder of Kula Cloth
Logistical Challenges With Self-Fulfilment
Fulfiling orders in-house isn’t easy. Here are the top challenges ecommerce businesses face when they reach the next level of growth.
- Scaling is difficult — as your brand grows, so will your order volume. Being unprepared to handle growth will make or break your business.
- Tracking orders is complex – without the proper resources and technology, tracking every order and responding to customer inquiries on order status can get overwhelming.
- It’s expensive — if you’re shipping to customers across the United States or internationally, expect to be stuck with high shipping costs.
- It’s time-consuming — with limited resources and help, your time is spent packing boxes rather than focusing on business development.
Save Time, Money, and Headaches with ShipBob
With ShipBob, you can outsource order fulfilment to proven experts with the infrastructure and technology in place to get orders shipped on time and affordably. ShipBob goes beyond your typical 3PL with capabilities from distributed inventory to international fulfilment.
- Split inventory across warehouses to spread risk and have backup inventory in other locations.
- Access real-time inventory management across locations and identify slow-moving products.
- Gain insights into where you should ship from to get orders to customers quickly.
- View how many days of inventory you have on hand and set reorder points to order more on time.
- Get started within a week, and have confidence in a long-term scalable fulfilment partner.
- Receive best-in-class support from the same people who are familiar with your unique needs.
Don’t just take our word for it — see why ShipBob is trusted by thousands of merchants
We moved to ShipBob, and it saved us money. I’ve gone to the drawing board to hire people to fulfil our own orders in a small warehouse, and there’s no way we could do it cheaper. Plus it’s time you’re taking away from what you’re good at. I recommend everyone use a 3PL.
Founder & CEO of Ocean & Co.,
We found a really good partner in ShipBob to offer the fulfilment services, technology, and other tools needed to stay competitive. With everything that ShipBob does for us, we can focus on the brand itself, evolve our existing products, and expand our product lines.
Founder and CEO of BAKblade,
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 grow quickly. If we ran our own warehouse, it would be much harder to hire people and we’d inevitably outgrow the space.
CEO and Co-Founder of MDacne,
Founder & CEO of Juspy tells all
“When all the orders came in I would sit on the floor and start folding boxes, packing product, taping boxes and sticking labels on boxes. My back would be destroyed. It was so laboursome, time-consuming, and tiring. On other occasions I would try to box up 100 orders at a time, but there were physical consequences. From the amount of paper cuts on my hands to having a very messy house, the physical toll was intense. I spent about 3 minutes per order on fulfilment.
I almost didn’t want orders to come in. As a one-woman show, I was self-fulfiling dozens of orders each day out of my home office and packing boxes myself. I did not want to deal with fulfilment. I barely had any time to work on the creative marketing and branding side of the business. 50% of my time spent was packing boxes. Not only that, but it was a constant interruption. I would sit down to do an email marketing campaign, have to attend to new orders, and completely lose my train of thought and flow.
I had to find a fulfilment partner and began looking for an all-in-one solution. ShipBob was the exact solution I was looking for. Before ShipBob I would have been terrified if an influencer posted about our product, and an instantaneous 1,000 orders came in, I would have had no way to handle that. Now I am totally ready for that.
I think the biggest benefit and joy of working with ShipBob is the blocks of uninterrupted time I have back. I feel so free today. It really takes the stress out as a lone wolf entrepreneur.”
Self-Fulfilment to ShipBob FAQs
Frequently asked questions about transitioning to ShipBob
How do I get started with ShipBob?
It’s easy. Fill out this form to request a fulfilment quote. A ShipBob representative will reach out to discuss your unique business needs and provide custom pricing. We’ll get you set up to start shipping from one or more of our fulfilment centres quickly. To learn more about how easy it is to get up and running with ShipBob, click here and here.
Will I save on fulfilment costs?
When outsourcing fulfilment to ShipBob, you’re given access to a growing international fulfilment network, which offers the ability to split inventory across locations, so you can optimise shipping routes to reduce shipping costs and time in transit.
When should I outsource fulfilment?
There is no right time to outsource fulfilment, but some of the most common reasons why fast-growing brands turn to a 3PL include: A significant influx in order volume, lack of time, high shipping costs, not enough resources and support, and more. ShipBob offers the infrastructure and technology you need to grow your business.