Guest post by Moritz Bauer from Smartminded
If you want to build a business online, Amazon FBA could be a great idea. With Amazon’s Fulfillment Service (Fulfillment by Amazon), you can focus on your entire marketing activities and let Amazon do the hard work for you.
However, you’ve to pay Amazon FBA fees if you go for Fulfillment by Amazon. And these fees may be too high for a new online seller who is just starting out. So what you may want to consider Amazon FBA alternatives.
If you want to know which fulfillment services are the best, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of eight fulfillment services that you can use instead of Amazon’s fulfillment service.
ShipBob is a new fulfillment service provider so perhaps you haven’t heard about it yet. In fact, ShipBob was founded 2014 and now has over 500 employees.
All in all, over 3,600 businesses use their fulfillment service.
One of ShipBob’s main benefits is that they fulfill various products such as:
- beauty products
- health products
- clothing, shoes
- consumer electronics
- lots more…
What’s also great is that they have a minor annual order volume of only 1,800 orders.
So if you’re planning to start your own ecommerce business from home, it could be a great alternative to Fulfillment by Amazon.
ShipMonk is also a newcomer in the industry. Yet, they have fulfillment centres all over the world. You can find them in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia.
And ShipMonk is suitable if you’re just beginning because there’s no minimum number of orders. If you get between 0 and 500 orders per month, you have to pay $2.5 per the first item per order. Extra items will cost you $0.5. If you have more orders, it’s much cheaper – that’s fair.
ShipMonk is planning a massive expansion over the next years so if you’re planning the same with your business, they could be the right partner for you.
3. FedEx Fulfillment
Everybody knows FedEx, it’s one of the world’s largest shipping service providers. But FedEx is not only a shipping service provider they also offer a fulfillment service for eCommerce companies.
The benefit is that FedEx is a reliable service — of course, they have 400,000 employees and they ship millions of packages every month.
Yet, the con is that FedEx requires a minimum order volume of 1,130,000 per year.
So if you want to go for FedEx, you’re ecommerce company needs a sustainable order volume each month
4. eFulfillment Service
eFulfillment Service is especially for people who claim that Fulfillment by Amazon is too expensive.
That’s because eFulfillment Service doesn’t have any setup fees, minimum order volumes or long-term storage fees.
Founded in 2001, they only have one mission until today: “To make order fulfillment affordable for every internet seller out there.”
So, if you’re looking for a fulfillment service provider at minimal cost, eFulfillment Service could be your best bet.
Shipwire is a fulfillment partner for global businesses. They have warehouses in the US, Europe, Asia, China and Australia.
They have over 2,800 customers and ship over 800 million products annually.
What’s interesting is that from all 800 million products shipped, 200 million are mobile devices.
What’s cool is that you can lower your shipping costs by choosing between different packaging options, routes and couriers. You can also choose your storage locations, calculate your fees or make use of insurance policies.
Fulfillment.com is another popular alternative for Amazon sellers. They ship each year millions of B2C and B2B orders to more than 150 countries.
They are specialized in ecommerce fulfillment and you’ll need a minimum of 21,659 orders per year to use the service.
What’s great is that they have lots of integrations for all major ecommerce software.
Fulfillment.com is a good choice for a small ecommerce business with a decent amount of orders but not too much.
7. Rakuten Super Logistics
Rakuten Super Logistics guarantees 100% accuracy. They say that if an error occurs, they’ll do the fulfillment service free of charge.
They can also make a fulfillment within one day to 98% of the United States. All in all, they have 13 fulfillment centers in the US so they must be super flexible.
They also claim that they have awesome customer support. Rakuten Super Logistics guarantees a maximum response time of 3 hours.
Rakuten Super Logistics has established relationships with major shipping service providers such as DHL or UPS, so you’re in good company.
Ships-a-lot has an awesome inventory accuracy of 99,8%. What’s also great is that they guarantee a 24-hour turnaround. If they can’t hold their promise, they compensate you with $20.
With a $35 fee per month, you’ll have unlimited storage space and services. You only have to place your order through their interface, and they will take care of the rest for you.
They also have integrations with all major ecommerce solutions such as Shopify, Amazon or Bigcommerce.
Fulfillment by Amazon is a great service. However, if it’s too expensive for your business or you fancy an alternative, you can opt for one of the fulfillment providers mentioned in this post to help you grow your Amazon business.
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