Global Fulfilment – The Essentials you Need to Know

One of the best things about eCommerce is that you can reach a huge customer base outside of your home country. Taking a brand global and reaching customers around the globe means that eCommerce businesses need to find the best possible ways to keep shipping cost-efficient for themselves, and their customers, as well as increasing transit times in order to thrive in international markets. 

Shipping orders internationally is no easy feat, however. Taxes, import duties, and tariffs are just a few of the new things you have to account for which can make international eCommerce shipping daunting and complex. Reaching out to a third-party logistics company who can provide international fulfilment services, such as The Delivery Group, can make international shipping fulfilment that bit more manageable. 

Want to learn about how The Delivery Group can take your brand around the world? Read below.

Reach More Customers with Global Fulfilment

As a third party logistics company that also provides global fulfilment services, we allow fast-growing eCommerce businesses to expand their growing customer base by launching into new, international, markets for an even wider range of customers. 

While this may sound like a simple process in principle, by branching out into international waters; you open yourself up to challenges that you won’t have experienced beforehand. There are many factors that eCommerce businesses shipping internationally must consider, such as higher shipping costs and longer last-mile delivery times. 

However, small to mid-size direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands can rely on a fulfilment partner to ensure that the necessary infrastructure and technology are in place and readily available to go global. With the assistance of a third-party logistics provider, like The Delivery Group, you will be able to store your inventory in our global fulfilment centres in multiple locations either domestically, or internationally. This will allow you to deliver your sought-after products to your customers quickly, efficiently, and with lower shipping costs. 

The Top 3 Challenges Brands Face by Going International

Considering the benefits of serving international customers, many online stores lack the resources needed to go all the way. Here are just a few of the most common reasons that eCommerce businesses either hold back from, or simply cannot, launch into international markets. 

1: It is Too Expensive

Costs will rack up quite high if you decide to store all of your stock in your home country while shipping orders internationally. In order to solve this problem, by partnering with a third-party fulfilment company such as The Delivery Group, you can fulfil and ship orders within your chosen country or countries by storing stock in our network of international fulfilment centres. 

2: Shipping Takes Too Long

Increased transit times when shipping far from your home or business aren’t the only issues you may face. Issues such as customs and products being held can cause delays when shipping on a tight timeframe. By storing your inventory in the countries you’re shipping to, you can reduce transit times significantly by preemptively completing the customs process for your stock.

3: The Whole Process is Too Complicated

While every country has their own set of rules and regulations when it comes to international shipping, customs and taxes launch a new set of challenges that you’re expected to understand when you first launch into new markets. Luckily, The Delivery Group has experts that work tirelessly to make sure your first endeavour into international waters and skies goes as smoothly as possible. 

The Delivery Group Makes International Fulfilment Easier

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Here at The Delivery Group, we provide world-leading eCommerce order fulfilment solutions to clients who wish to begin their journey into international eCommerce fulfilment. With our fulfilment network of global fulfilment warehouses, you have the option to split your inventory across fulfilment centres based on where your customers are located. For example, if an order comes in from Japan and you have inventory stocked in our Japanese warehouse, our expert team will be able to fulfil and ship the order from there – completely eliminating the need to pass through customs as all customs checks will have already been completed. 

Discounts with Major Shipping Carriers

The Delivery Group is able to negotiate for the lowest possible shipping rates with major shipping carriers. UPS, FedEx, and DHL are just a few of the brands we work with, and by partnering with us, you can save even more on global fulfilment costs. 

Faster Packaging and Shipping

Warehouses owned by The Delivery Group are operated with state of the art technology. Global integrated fulfilment involves the integration of your eCommerce store with our software, your orders can be automatically sent to the closest fulfilment centre where your inventory is being stored. From there, orders our experts pick and pack your customer orders, then ship them out for delivery to the supplied addresses.

eCommerce Partner Network

Whether you need global shipping solutions such as a delivery duty paid (DDP) shipping, or a freight partner, The Delivery Group has an extensive network of reliable partners that can help optimise your international supply chain. We know that an international launch can be a challenge for any business, so we know the importance of having a network of partners that understand your specific problems while providing the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to help you succeed in foreign markets. 

Get Started With Global Fulfilment at The Delivery Group

When you begin your international shipping fulfilment endeavour with The Delivery Group, our experts ensure that the entire process is made as simple and streamlined as possible so that you don’t get overwhelmed with the confusing jargon and paperwork that comes from foreign customs regulations and forms. 

With fulfilment centres located in multiple locations around the globe, you can store inventory in areas close to your customers in order to cut down on delivery costs and transit times for the benefit of you and your customers. 

You can even undertake easy inventory management processes with our innovative inventory management system as we provide visibility into inventory tracking, so you know when to order new stock and avoid stock-outs, as well as predict peaks and valleys in trade.

Interested in partnering with one of the UK’s favourite international fulfilment companies for efficient and affordable international order fulfilment? Why not chat with our friendly customer service team? Get in touch with The Delivery Group today.

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