When you’re running a business on eBay, you have to balance order processing, storing, shipping, packaging, and more while managing the other aspects of running a business. But did you know you don’t have to do everything yourself?
That’s what eBay fulfillment partners—like us—are for. We’re here to help take some of the stress off of you and aid your business in reaching its full potential.
What is an eBay fulfillment partner?
If you search for a partner platform on eBay, you’ll probably see a list of trusted partners pop up, along with their specific opportunities and services. But how do you know which one to pick?
eBay fulfillment partners help businesses like yours succeed beyond selling your products. Fulfillment partners take care of storage and shipping, as well as offer benefits such as:
• Discounted shipping prices
• Automated, quicker packaging systems
• Organized warehouses and storage facilities
• Fast and easy packaging and shipping
• Customer service for returns
• Multiple shipping options and carriers
• Expert advice to help you identify your shipping needs
In addition, eBay fulfillment partners ensure that you save time and money by providing the most efficient and cost-effective fulfillment services. Choosing a fulfillment partner that meets your business’s needs and provides the right benefits is essential to helping your business flourish in the eCommerce world.
Are you eligible to become an eBay fulfillment partner yourself?
While becoming an eBay fulfillment partner yourself may be tempting, consider your needs and availability. Some questions to ask include:
• Do you have the space and workforce to properly store and process orders?
• Are your storage facilities in a good location to ship to customers widely and quickly?
• Would your time be better spent focusing on product marketing rather than shipping and processing?
• Are you in a strong financial position to support more employees and warehouse space?
• Do you have an organized system of management to ensure you are providing quality fulfillment services?
While it’s great that your eBay business is growing, there are still many factors that might deter you from becoming a fulfillment partner yourself. But don’t worry, even if you decide that becoming a fulfillment partner isn’t for you, 3PL partners are here to assist you in making your business the most successful it can be.
Why a 3PL partner may be the answer to your eBay fulfillment needs
The benefits of working with a 3PL partner for eBay fulfillment far outweigh the costs.
Saving time and money
By working with a 3PL provider for eBay fulfillment, you can save money on storage space and save time you’d otherwise spend on packing and shipping your products. While partnering with a 3PL company is an added expense, the cost is usually balanced by what you save in your current storage rate and by fewer returns.
Through systems such as pick and pack fulfillment, 3PL providers efficiently and safely pack each order. You can often choose additional services, such as climate-controlled storage or packaging protection, to ensure your customers receive each order in pristine condition.
Faster and cheaper shipping and delivery
Behind the scenes, 3PL partners ensure your orders are being processed correctly using an organization system that makes it easier and faster to ship items. Your products are stored in secure warehouses and are packed and shipped as soon as an order is received. You can communicate with your 3PL provider as soon as an item is sold, usually through an online portal, and the 3PL company will begin processing the item immediately and inform you of any tracking information once it’s been shipped.
Better customer satisfaction with fewer returns
A 3PL partner ensures that fulfillment errors are rare. Damaged or misplaced items and packages sent to the wrong address only add to the stress of running a business. When you place your trust in a professional 3PL partner, you can rest assured that your orders are being delivered on time and in excellent condition. Plus, many 3PL companies—including ourselves—handle all customer returns, allowing you to skip the extra step of organizing return policies and shipments. With these procedures in place, 3PL partners can guarantee 100% customer satisfaction and amplify customer loyalty.
Understanding eCommerce fulfillment and utilizing eBay fulfillment partners are key to successfully running any large online operation and keeping your customers happy. In today’s online-oriented world, where customers expect fast, free shipping, it’s important to prepare for the challenges of running an eBay platform.
Working with an eBay fulfillment partner saves you time, money, and effort and allows you to focus on expanding your business even further. When you partner with our experts at NextGen3PL, you can rest assured that your products are in safe hands and that customers will be 100% satisfied with their orders.