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For many ecommerce businesses, the hassle of fulfilment is a major barrier to success. First, there’s all the time and effort you and your team put into order fulfilment: packing boxes, reordering supplies, dealing with returns, and much more.
There are factors like order and inventory management that play a critical role in keeping fulfilment processes running smoothly, and that can be tough to do without the right technology and expertise.
Then, there’s the distribution aspect. If you only use one fulfilment centre in Chattanooga but your customers are scattered across the country (as is often the case for smaller to mid-sized ecommerce businesses), then shipping to anyone who doesn’t live in Tennessee will be expensive.
This is one of the logistical challenges that stunts growth for many businesses. Oftentimes, they can’t afford to compete with companies like Amazon who have extensive distribution infrastructure and can offer affordable and fast shipping.
This is where ShipBob comes in.
We’re a 3PL with a network of fulfilment centres and distribution centres in different regions of the US. Rather than shipping from one fulfilment centre in Chattanooga, you can store your inventory in multiple fulfilment centres across the country. With distributed inventory comes shorter shipping distances, faster deliveries, and lower costs, all of which will ultimately boost your bottom line.
“Storing inventory in different regions is key to reducing costs and transit times. From expanding into a second ShipBob fulfilment centre, we are able to offer 65% of our customers with 2-day shipping, up from 32% by only having a single West Coast facility. Soon, this will be 100%. Not only is this better for our customers but we also gain a 13% savings to our bottom line.”
Pablo Gabatto, Business Operations Manager at Ample Foods
Fulfilment services in Chattanooga
ShipBob has an extensive distribution network that lets us offer fast, affordable shipping to customers all over the US. Here’s how it works:
- First, sync your ecommerce store with ShipBob’s technology in minutes.
- Next, ship your products to one (or more than one) of ShipBob’s fulfilment centres for safe and secure storage.
- Once an order is placed on your store, the gears kick in motion: the ShipBob fulfilment centre nearest to the customer is automatically notified, and the customer order is picked, packed, and shipped.
- You can monitor inventory and orders with ease from your dashboard with full visibility into the entire process
Setting up your ShipBob account requires no coding or programming knowledge (although we do offer custom API). Once your online store is synced we take care of everything else. We help with everything from ship option mapping to setting inventory reorder points, and everything in between so you don’t have to spend anymore time packing boxes. You and your team can focus on the stuff that matters.
Proprietary hosted software
ShipBob’s distribution infrastructure is tied together with its cutting-edge technology to connect the upstream activities of purchasing and manufacturing to the downstream activities of sales and reducing the delivery lead times. ShipBob’s software automatically finds the cheapest, fastest shipping routes. Our platform also comes with built-in inventory and order management technology, so you are always in the know regarding day-to-day operations.
With ShipBob, there’s always a fulfilment expert to answer your questions and resolve your problems. We have onsite reps at each fulfilment centre, email and phone support, and even dedicated account managers for enterprise customers at no additional cost.
How ShipBob can grow your business
By removing your barriers to growth and enhancing your shipping capacity, ShipBob can help you grow faster and boost your revenue. And we’ve got the receipts to prove it: we’ve helped countless businesses gain efficiencies and improve KPIs.
Here are a few examples:
Ship more cost-effectively
Distributing your inventory means that your packages ship to lower shipping zones to reach customers, which in turn lowers your shipping costs and speeds up deliveries.
For example, one of our merchants, The Adventure Challenge chose ShipBob for not just US fulfilment services but to expand all over the world. Today, they’re using ShipBob’s fulfilment centres in the US, Australia, Canada, the UK, and the EU.
Grow order volume faster
Fulfilment is a major time suck for many businesses. The time you spend packing boxes could be spent on strategy and growing your business. Case in point: outdoor gear brand Kula Cloth outsourced fulfilment to ShipBob and grew their order volume by 3x.
Offer 2-day shipping
Many ecommerce customers expect 2-day shipping, yet it’s difficult to offer if you are only shipping from a Chattanooga fulfilment centre (without breaking the bank, at least). The extended reach you get with ShipBob’s distributed infrastructure makes it easy: CBD company Nature’s Ultra was able to offer 2-day shipping to 100% of their customers after partnering with us and using three fulfilment centres.
When is a third party logistics provider right for your Chattanooga-based business?
A 3PL can offer you many advantages, but not every business is at the right stage of growth to fully take advantage of a 3PL. If your business is still in its early stages and trying to attract a customer base, or if you only have a few local customers, then a 3PL may not be right for you. Here are some signs that it is the right time to outsource retail fulfilment:
- Your business is scaling, order volume is increasing, and you are struggling to keep up.
- Your inventory counts and SKUs are off and you want superior inventory control.
- You are shipping from one Chattanooga fulfilment centre and pay premium shipping prices on cross-country delivery.
- You want to offer all your customers 2-day shipping.
If the above fulfilment needs match yours, partnering with a 3PL fulfilment company can help. Whether it’s managing ecommerce warehousing, reducing shipping rates to make orders more cost effective, or simply improving the way you ship orders, ShipBob can help with our many fulfilment solutions.
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