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Shopify Fulfillment with Shipfusion: An Introduction

Choosing the right partner can make or break the logistics, customer service and repeated purchases of your company. Using a fulfillment center like Shipfusion frees you from navigating the fulfillment landscape with zero stress. Below are some insights on how Shipfusion can take your business to the next level.

In the past few years, the popularity of eCommerce has exploded. There are approximately 2 billion digital buyers around the world. If you want your eCommerce business venture to be successful, you need both a great website and the help of a fulfilment center.

The main thing you need to do to make your eCommerce venture successful is to control costs. Without a firm budget, you run the risk of overspending and binding your online business. There will be some initial setup costs associated with hiring an eCommerce fulfillment center.

Some fulfillment centers have hidden fees to make extra money. Shipfusion always offers transparent rate cards upfront. Fees for long-term storage are usually one of the main things you need to keep an eye out for. Since your products will constantly be moving from the fulfillment center to consumers, long-term storage should not be an issue.

By contacting a few third-party logistic companies for quotes, you can get an idea of which one can supply the best deal on the fulfillment services you need.

 About Shipping Speeds

One of the main problems that can tank your eCommerce store is slow shipping speeds. Modern consumers expect the items they order online to arrive promptly. Online eCommerce juggernauts like Amazon offer two-day and one-day shipping options to their customers.

Before you hire a fulfillment center, you need to find out more about the shipping speeds they can offer. A well-established eCommerce fulfillment center will have warehouses spread out all over the United States.

This means they can supply great shipping speeds to their customers. Finding a fulfillment service with the capability is crucial to the long-term success of your eCommerce store.

How Will Returns Be Handled?

On average, 30% of all the products bought online are returned. The last thing you want is to hire an eCommerce fulfillment center that takes a hands-off approach to returns. A good fulfillment service will have a program designed to make returns management easier for their clients.

Some of the best fulfillment centers have software designed to process returns and find serial numbers. This may help this buyer feel more confident about their purchase, which may help you avoid returns from them in the future.

Where Are Shipfusion Fulfillment Centers Located?

If you want to guarantee your eCommerce customers lightning-fast shipping, then you need to choose a fulfillment service with warehouses in the right locations. Finding the places where most of your customers live can help you narrow down the vast array of fulfillment centers at your disposal.

For instance, if the bulk of your orders are coming from all orders in the US you will want to use Shipfusion’s flagship Chicago location. Doing this allows you to get your order processed and shipped in record time.

The more you know about your customers, the easier it will be to choose an eCommerce fulfillment center that can meet their needs.

Find Out About Packaging Options

As an eCommerce business owner, you need to realize just how important packaging is to consumers. Not all boxes and packaging materials are created equally. If your products show up in boxes that are damaged, flimsy, or unappealing, it can affect your ability to generate repeat business.

Therefore, you need to find out more about the packaging options offered by the fulfillment services at your disposal. Also, be sure to confirm that the fulfillment center will have plenty of excellent quality insulation materials to put in your boxes.

These packing materials should be quality products like bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts and corrugated paper. Not only can these items protect the items being shipped, but they also provide the consumer with a better product presentation.

The average business owner in the ecommerce industry uses a lot of different technical tools to keep the company running effectively. As you start to research different eCommerce fulfillment centers on the market, you will start to figure out the software used by these services is wildly different. It is important to find out how fast and reliable the order fulfillment software is used by a service before hiring them.

Make sure the software can be easily implemented into your existing infrastructure. You will want a company that offers software with multiple choices of features that make taking and filling orders easy for everyone involved.

Are Branding Options Available?

If you want to make your eCommerce store successful, you must have realized the importance of branding. You want to be sending out your products in anything but boring brown boxes that can work against you. The average consumer wants boxes that are both visibly appealing and adorned with the brands they are loyal to.

With this branded packaging, you can attract the right kind of attention for your eCommerce store. The best way to make reinforcing your brand easy is by using a fulfillment service that can offer branded packaging.

Seamless Integration with Shopify:

Get the most out of Shipfusion with integrations to popular eCommerce apps and an intuitive, web-based app that lets you manage inventory and fulfillment on any device. Our onboarding team ensures the accuracy of data for new customers with a complete analysis of SKUs and multiple tests run between Shipfusion and existing systems.

Efficient Shopify Delivery:

The minute an order is placed on your Shopify store, Shipfusion will find the quickest and most affordable shipping method based on where your inventory is stored and your client’s delivery preferences. We partner with all major carriers across the globe.

Smooth Shipping:

Shipfusion has fulfillment centers across the US and Canada, making for a cost-effective solution to spilt and store inventory across major shipping zones, therefore lowering the overall price for both you and your client.

Using a Fulfillment Warehouse

Fulfillment warehouses can help automate and handle the shipping for you. When you choose to work with a fulfillment warehouse, you will store your inventory at one of their warehouses. Depending on their level of integration with your shopping cart, when an order comes in, your fulfillment partner will automatically be sent the order to pick, pack, and ship the purchase order on your behalf.

There are several advantages to using a fulfillment warehouse including:

·  Cheaper shipping rates. Because fulfillment warehouses ship such massive quantities for multiple vendors, they receive cheaper shipping rates. They also have e-commerce shipping integration capabilities (usually) with all the major shipping logistics and 3PL companies, giving you easier access to the widest range of shipping options.

·  Shorter shipping times. Strategically choosing your fulfillment partner and the warehouse to store your inventory means you can store your inventory closer to most customers.

Fulfillment warehouses are not for everyone, though. There are several disadvantages as well that must be considered.

·  Branding experience. If you use your packaging presentation as part of your branding experience, like Trunk Club, you will be hard-pressed to find a fulfillment warehouse that will work with that level of dedication and customization for your brand.

·  More costs. Although you will receive better shipping rates working with a fulfillment partner, there are other rates that need to be paid including what is commonly referred to as ‘pick and pack fees’ as well as warehouse storage fees. These fees can be decided by order or by monthly fee, so be sure to investigate the details and choose what is best based on your volume.

Shipping options

As you can tell by now, shipping can be tough. Deciding what to charge for shipping for ecommerce, then figuring out how to get it to your customer. There are many decisions to make along the way. That is why we have given you a leg up with Shopify Shipping options.

Best rates, right away

Businesses in North America automatically get access to pre-negotiated shipping rates with all the top shipping carriers—UPS, USPS, DHL Express, and Canada Post. Normally you would need to get your own account with each of these carriers and negotiate your own discounts (often based on your earlier shipping volume). But if you are just starting out, business costs are already high, and the last thing you want is to pay high rates for shipping.

With these online store shipping rates, you now have options. You can use these rates to show the exact shipping costs at the checkout and pass on savings to your customers. You can also use these rates with Shipfusion’s built-in label printing. fulfil an order, you can print out the corresponding USPS, UPS, DHL Express, or Canada Post shipping label, a visit to another website, or paying a third party to print labels.

Schedule pickups when you need them

Dealing with a stack of orders is a boon and a curse. It is exciting you have made all these sales, but now you need to get them to your customers. Instead of ordering an Uber, driving through traffic, and waiting in line, you can book a pickup for UPS or DHL Express shipments directly in Shopify and Shipfusion. Just go in and schedule when you want a driver to arrive at your door, including same-day pickups, with no minimum volume needed.

Next Week: How Shipfusion integrates with Shopify

Shipfusion sets your business on autopilot and combines flexible, reliable fulfillment with powerful, real-time technology. Shipfusion has multiple fulfillment centers across the US and Canada– making it easy to manage your eCommerce business. For more information on how to set your business on autopilot, contact one of our fulfillment specialists today.

“Part of the theme at Shipfusion is that we don't constrain our clients. We work with them as business partners, which allows them great flexibility to work with other 3PL solutions and still take advantage of Shipfusion services.”

Dean Bentley-Falcke
Senior Solutions Architect and eCommerce Specialist
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