Shopify store owners will now have more fulfillment options when it comes to fulfilling their customer orders!
Shopify is allowing select merchants access to the Shopify Fulfillment Network, which is powered by machine learning to identify the nearest fulfillment centers and ideal inventory levels to get orders to customers faster.
To apply for Shopify Fulfillment Network, simply click on the Shopify link to log into Shopify and apply. You’ll receive an email about your application within 48 hours.
Is Shopify Fulfillment Network better than other fulfillment options?
No doubt you’re wondering if Shopify’s network of fulfillment centers is better than alternatives like Amazon FBA or third-party fulfillment centers.
It’s likely that Shopify’s fulfillment centers will get orders to customers faster than other networks because of Shopify’s native integration and technology.
And with the network of fulfillment centers powered by machine learning, customers will receive their orders faster than any private third-party fulfillment service can provide. That’s because Shopify has access to critical metrics and data that may not be available to other parties.
Sellers who use Amazon FBA to fulfill Shopify orders know that Amazon sometimes takes days before shipping out multichannel fulfillment (MCF) orders.
Not only does Amazon take a bit longer to fulfill MCF orders than its own marketplace or Prime orders, but they also charge more for MCF.
Delays in order fulfillment can drive customers away from marketplaces, including your Shopify store if customers are waiting too long for their products.
With Amazon’s move to 1-day shipping, customers will now, more than ever, expect to have their orders within a few days, if not sooner.
Here are some of the benefits of using Shopify Fulfillment Network instead of another service:
- Faster delivery times because of technology maintaining inventory levels and identifying nearby fulfillment centers
- Improved customer satisfaction due to faster delivery
- Possibly lower fees compared to other service providers like Amazon FBA
If you’ve stayed away from third-party fulfillment services or Amazon FBA for your Shopify store because of inconsistent service, then consider Shopify’s fulfillment services.
You may be able to reduce your own labor and storage expenses while increasing your customer satisfaction and loyalty metrics. The result? Lower operating costs and increased sales.
Even if you’re not going to use Shopify’s fulfillment centers and technology, having increased competition will keep prices low and increase customer satisfaction. As a seller on Shopify and potentially other marketplaces, you’ll only benefit from a new competitor to the field.
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