What Is eCommerce Fulfillment?

eCommerce fulfillment is a unique niche that started years ago as a way to handle the backend of online consumer shopping. This is the part of the supply chain that handles inventory, order processing, picking and packing, shipment, and delivery. 

Traditionally, companies handled this in-house, but it is a complex process that often requires more logistical support and attention than the average company can afford. This leads them to seek out other fulfillment options. To help you better understand this process, we’ll discuss all of the fulfillment options here, as well as how working with Print Bind Ship can make your order fulfillment easier than ever.

eCommerce Fulfillment Options

There are several options for eCommerce fulfillment, and they all have their pros and cons to consider. Check out the main points below.

In-House Fulfillment

In the beginning, it may be fine for business owners to handle their fulfillment services. As the business grows, though, the tediousness can become too much. Plus, you will probably reach a point where you see that using a fulfillment service could offer more profit potential for your business.

BenefitsDrawbacks  
Total control over customer shipmentsRequires dedicated shipping person/team
Multiple options for shipping providersNeed multiple accounts with shipping services
Custom packing/packaging optionsCan become time-consuming as the business grows

Third-Party Fulfillment

Third-party fulfillment is a choice that many people are making as their company continues to grow and require bigger, better, and more shipping and order processing services. These companies can be located anywhere and fulfill orders around the country and the world with ease.

BenefitsDisadvantages 
Location doesn’t matterCan possibly cost more than in-house fulfillment
Quicker, more streamlined shipping and fulfillment
Scalable solutions
Dedicated support for all fulfillment needs

Dropshipping

Dropshipping is the third method companies use for order fulfillment. When an order is placed, you will then place the order through the supplier, who will deliver the item to the customer directly. Dropshipping usually leaves you with about a 15-20% profit margin, so it’s not always the best choice. If you’re considering this method, here are the highlights.

BenefitsDisadvantages 
No inventory – less money and hassleNo supply chain control
Zero shipping hasslesHighly competitive
Warehouse space is not neededDifficult for branding

eCommerce Platforms We Work With

To get a feel for what we can do with fulfillment, explore our services for yourself. Although we work with many providers, some of the biggest eCommerce platforms we work with are listed below.

Shopify

By and large, one of the most well-known eCommerce platforms on the market today. Shopify powers over 1 million websites and offers an all-in-one platform that can be used right out of the box. It’s versatile, scalable, and offers something for companies of all sizes.

BigCommerce

BigCommerce is another major platform that offers eCommerce solutions. This brand has processed over $17 billion in sales for merchants and it does offer the benefit of pricing structures based on annual sales. Thus, smaller companies will pay less for their platform than larger brands, making it fair for everyone.

WooCommerce

This unique plugin is specifically designed for WordPress. Although it isn’t an all-in-one solution like the others, it still has close to 80 million downloads. Essentially, this plugin allows any standard WordPress site to become a full eCommerce store with over 300 extensions and customization options.

Squarespace

Although it was primarily designed as a payment portal and website builder, Squarespace is becoming one of the bigger eCommerce solutions available today. Every plan except the entry-level model offers a fully-integrated eCommerce platform along with the website builder and other features.

Amazon

Amazon, of course, is the eCommerce platform of the Internet. The brand has processed billions of dollars in orders, drop-shipping, selling third-party products, and selling directly through the Amazon warehousing and shipping system. They offer an easy eCommerce platform for all independent sellers, with scalable solutions for brands large and small.

How Can Print Bind Ship Help Your Business?

At Print Bind Ship, we’re all about efficiency. As a third-party eCommerce fulfillment provider and shipping solution, we will ensure that you get everything that you need without having to do it yourself.

Working with us…

Saves You Time

When we handle all of your packing, shipping, and printing needs, you’ll have more time to focus on your business, which is where your attention should be.

Saves You Money

Let us do the work, handle the shipping accounts, and take care of the fulfillment process so that you can spend less on doing it in-house or spending a fortune on dropshipping.

Saves You Space 

No in-house fulfillment means no inventory to store and track. You won’t have to expand your office or rent warehouse space, which goes right back to saving money, too. You just run your business and we’ll do the rest.

Eliminates Stress

When your fulfillment needs are handled in one place by a brand that you can trust, you’ll be able to relax and focus on growing your business with the peace of mind that your orders are being fulfilled efficiently and accurately.

Provides a Great Customer Experience

We’re committed to making sure that your customers are satisfied, and that you are, too. When you want to give them the best, let us help you deliver!

Additional Services as You Grow

In addition to handling your fulfillment needs, we can also provide an array of additional services, including:

  • Soft and Hardcover Book Printing 
  • Spiral Bound Books
  • Package Design 
  • Custom Printed Boxes
  • Subscription Box Fulfillment 
  • FBA Provider
  • Warehouse Storage 
  • Next Day Air Service
  • Large Format Printing 
  • Product Launch Kits
  • Kitting Services 

Talk to our team today to find out what all we can do for you!

Industry-Specific Knowledge

The team at Print Bind Ship is experienced in eCommerce fulfillment and will ensure that you get the dedicated solutions that you need. Your customers will appreciate your spot-on attention to detail and they’ll never have to know you weren’t behind it.

How to Get Started

If you’re ready, so are we. Here’s what to do next.

Weigh Your Options

Feel free to look at your order fulfillment options and weigh the pros and cons for yourself. That way, you know you’re making the right choice for your eCommerce needs.

Give Us a Call!

When you’re ready to get more information on how we can help, give us a call. We’ll answer your questions and help provide you with a custom eCommerce fulfillment solution.

Receive a Quote and Plan

Once you get your quote and choose your plan, we’ll be able to get started on the fulfillment process so that you can have the affordable solution that you deserve.

Receiving Your Products

All of your inventory or products will be sent to us for storage, while on-demand products will be created as they are ordered. That way, you have a hands-off solution and still get the custom benefit of on-demand services.

Monitoring Your Sales

We’ll help you monitor your sales and ensure that your fulfillment delivers the best profit potential, no matter which shippers and delivery solutions we use. We use real-time software that allows you to track orders and sales 24 hours a day right from your computer or smartphone.

Focus on Your Product – Not Your Fulfillment

When you let Print Bind Ship handle the fulfillment of your orders, you’ll be able to focus your energy on your product. Not only that, but you’ll be able to focus on your customers, and make sure that you’re giving them the best products possible. We’ll take care of the rest.

Make eCommerce More Efficient with Fulfillment Solutions

If you’re ready to take your order processing and delivery to the next level, fulfillment services could be exactly what you need. Now that you’ve seen what Print Bind Ship can do, give us a call to get started on your new eCommerce fulfillment solution.