Catalog Fulfillment Services
Whether you’re looking for a paper catalog fulfillment solution or need help fulfilling an online product catalog, ShipBob has you covered!
ShipBob offers a wide range of catalog fulfillment services, including omnichannel solutions, B2B fulfillment, and international selling.
By partnering with ShipBob, you spend less time on logistics and more time building your business. Read on to learn more about ShipBob’s services.
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What is catalog fulfillment?
Catalog fulfillment refers to a few different catalog logistics services. Logistics companies can offer fulfillment solutions for paper catalogs, including warehousing, picking and packing, and shipping.
Another catalog fulfillment type refers to online catalog management and inventory tracking of high volumes of SKUs.
Paper catalog fulfillment
Paper catalog fulfillment requires real-time inventory tracking, custom packaging, kitting, gift notes, and more.
The types of services needed to fulfillment paper catalogs comes down to your business’s needs and how often new issues of paper catalogs need to be fulfilled.
Fulfilling an online product catalog
Catalog fulfillment also refers to fulfilling an online product catalog. When items are placed on an ecommerce website, the next step is to make sure there is enough inventory for the picking and packing process.
Fulfilling an online product catalog can be done in house with a low volume of orders and a small amount of SKUs. But when a business grows, many businesses will outsource fulfillment to a logistics company to take care of the process on their behalf.
ShipBob’s catalog fulfillment services
ShipBob has partnered with a wide range of brands to help optimize their order fulfillment process for catalog products or managing an online catalog.
Once we receive your inventory at one or more of our fulfillment center locations, it is then stored in our warehouse until items are ready to be fulfilled.
Once orders are placed on your online store, our fulfillment experts pick and pack items and ship orders as fast as possible. We partner with top shipping carriers and negotiate bulk shipping rates to pass the savings on to you and your customers.
Inventory storage and management
ShipBob can store your inventory in one or many strategically located fulfillment centers (of your choice), so that your business can ship quickly and cost-effectively anywhere.
You can store inventory across locations and still manage everything in one place with ShipBob’s powerful, centralized fulfillment platform that integrates with your existing logistics systems.
ShipBob’s technology accurately keeps track of current and historical inventory levels to help you make better decisions on when to replenish inventory and even where to store it.
From ShipBob’s dashboard you can:
- Get full visibility into real-time inventory levels.
- Review storage and other integrated logistics costs.
- Set automatic reorder notification points.
- Track historical sales data and other metrics for use in demand forecasting, including tools to view how quickly increases in demand will deplete inventory.
“We’re currently fulfilling all of our B2B and DTC orders through ShipBob. It’s been a massive help for us to kind of centralize all of that, especially going into 2022.”Nathan Garrison, Co-Founder and CEO of Sharkbanz
Fulfillment and shipping
After orders are automatically processed and sent to the optimal ShipBob fulfillment location, the picking and packing process begins.
Thanks to ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers, you can keep your inventory closer to your customers. You can reach customers across the US or across the world with faster and cheaper deliveries from multiple locations.
Shipping labels are generated using the ideal, most cost-effective carrier for each order. ShipBob partners with regional, domestic, and international shipping carriers ,negotiating rates on your behalf.
“DTC is our bread and butter, and with ShipBob we can offer 2-day shipping, gift notes, and other aspects of the modern delivery experience that consumers want.”
Aaron Patterson, COO of The Adventure Challenge
With ShipBob’s network of fulfillment centers, 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 fulfillment center.
You can also distribute your inventory across ShipBob’s fulfillment centers 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 fulfillment 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 fulfillment centers 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 fulfillment 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 fulfillment and logistics
Save on fulfillment costs
Coffee creamer brand Prymal joined ShipBob in 2019 and was quickly able to save $8,000 per month on fulfillment 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 fulfillment centers in two different countries. This has allowed them to ship to 55 countries on seven continents.