Our Top Picks

ShipBob
ShipBob
  • Number of employees: 201-500
  • Notable clients: Proper Wild and Ombraz
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
ShipBob fulfills e-commerce orders for direct-to-consumer brands. The logistics services ensure customer retention and satisfaction, and it offers a range of reliable fulfillment services to meet your needs.

This fulfillment service has warehouses located throughout the country and uses connected technology to power its network of fulfillment services by improving transit times and reducing your shipping costs. The goal is to provide an exceptional delivery experience for all of your customers.

The company now offers a “free and fast” label in shopping ads through Google so that you can showcase your brand’s fast shipping speeds at the point of discovery through Google searches.

ShipBob allows you to connect your online store, import your products, and then send the inventory to their network of fulfillment centers. ShipBob will store your inventory safely and then ship it to customers as soon as an order is placed for high satisfaction rates.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate the prices and services offered by ShipBob, with one saying, “Great service with reasonable pricing. I highly recommend if you travel a lot, and you would like to outsource your logistics. The system is intuitive and easy to use. You can create shipments manually, and the system can pull the orders automatically from your website.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Receiving: $25 for the first 2 hours, then $35/person/hour
    • Storage: $40/pallet/month, $10/shelf/month, $5/bin/month
    • Pick and pack: Free for 5/picks/order, then $0.20/pick
    • Standard packing: Free packing resources available
    • Shipping: Pricing varies
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Packaging, Shipping, Logistics, Fulfillment, E-commerce, and Technology
Features
  • Number of employees: 201-500
  • Notable clients: Proper Wild and Ombraz
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
ShipWire
ShipWire
  • Number of employees: 110
  • Notable clients: The Grommet, Osmo, and Bulletproof
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Shipwire offers a cloud-based platform to help you power a global logistics network. This fulfillment service allows you to provide worldwide fulfillment with a single point of integration for international reach.

In addition to the e-commerce features, Shipwire offers accessible retail integrations and fulfillment solutions so that you can sell your products through a variety of major retail channels. The company leverages technology that allows businesses to manage drop shipping through thousands of suppliers for a more streamlined customer experience.

The Shipwire dashboard lets you visualize your transactions and access important information quickly. The workflow dashboard feature helps you manage work orders and order flow between various systems, and the reporting feature helps you automate reporting for accurate data analysis.

You can manage your account settings and preferences to define your own unique business rules and operations while limiting third-party applications from accessing your account information via user controls.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love the flexibility and versatility that Shipwire offers, with one saying, “I wasn’t expecting so many B2B [business-to-business] possibilities: warehouses, carrier options, light freight, [and] international shipping. Shipwire’s flexibility has been refreshing. I want to make Shipwire our only logistics partner for our worldwide business sales.”

Summary

ShipWire
ShipWire
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Inventory Management, Ecommerce Fulfillment
Features
  • Number of employees: 110
  • Notable clients: The Grommet, Osmo, and Bulletproof
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Redstag
RedStag
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Notable clients: Kellyco Metal Detectors, ISLE Surf & SUP
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Red Stag Fulfillment is a U.S.-based e-commerce fulfillment service that focuses on accurate inventory and order speed. All fees are refunded to customers if shipments and orders don’t meet the guarantee, plus an additional $50 compensation.

The company works with small businesses that sell items requiring special handling and shipping. The company offers same-day order fulfillment, discounted shipping rates, and provides 24/7 video security through every stage of the fulfillment process.

This fulfillment service is best geared toward e-commerce sellers that offer fragile or valuable products to their customers. It also offers kitting and light assembly for specific products as requested.

RedStag Fulfillment has one of the lowest storage fees available, and it pays you for any damaged or missing inventory at wholesale cost. Its high-level warehouse security protects your inventory, so you can feel safe knowing your items will be delivered as promised. It’s important to note that RedStag Fulfillment doesn’t offer international shipping at this time.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers love that RedStag Fulfillment understands their needs, with one saying, “We have been using Red Stag for a little more than six months and continue to be impressed. This is no ordinary fulfillment company as they were created by customers who saw the shortcomings in their own fulfillment center and decided to address and remedy those issues by creating a new company ? Red Stag.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Monthly storage fee: $2 per bin or $15 per pallet
    • Pick and pack services: $2.25 - $2.65 for the first item, plus $0.30 per added item
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Inventory Management, Ecommerce Fulfillment
Features
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Notable clients: Kellyco Metal Detectors, ISLE Surf & SUP
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Radial
Radial
  • Number of employees: 5,001-10,000
  • Notable clients: Guess, Everlast, and Beachbody
  • Industries served: Internet,
Radial specializes in omnichannel technology and operations, partnering with well-known brands from around the world. This fulfillment service focuses on helping companies deliver their goods and products by anticipating and responding to industry disruptions.

The service connects businesses with customers through innovative technologies, intelligent payment processing, and fraud protection. With Radial, you can achieve more efficient order fulfillment, streamline your supply chain, and enhance the customer service experience.

Radial is flexible enough to work with any size business while remaining focused on your business goals. The company has warehousing and fulfillment locations in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

All warehouses are climate controlled and allow you to offer real-time status updates to your customers, along with returns handling when needed. The company has partnered with UPS to provide expedited delivery to your customers whenever you need it.

There are also personalization services available upon request, including engraving, gift wrapping, and branded packaging.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like how Radial helps them with their return on investment (ROI) tracking and beta testing, with one saying, “As a marketing solution, it allows you access to information that other platforms leave out. It allows you to measure ROI with ease, which a lot of other software makes hard. Also, the ability to use betas before they are available to everyone else is a much sought after benefit.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Internet, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Supply chain management, Supply chain optimization, Transportation management, Order management
Features
  • Number of employees: 5,001-10,000
  • Notable clients: Guess, Everlast, and Beachbody
  • Industries served: Internet,
Moduslink
Moduslink Global Solutions
  • Number of employees: 1,001–5,000
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
ModusLink offers a comprehensive supply chain and logistics service to customers who want to improve their revenue, cost, sustainability, and customer satisfaction rates. The company provides services to those in the consumer electronics, computing, medical device, retail, software, and other industries.

This fulfillment service operates in over 25 different sites throughout North America, Europe, and in the Asia/Pacific regions.

The company offers a range of services, including warehousing and distribution, customer returns management, material planning, and factory supply, subscription services, and more.

With ModusLink, your business will receive a one-stop-shop for warehousing, supply chain management, and delivery all in one simple, streamlined service.

This fulfillment service company partners with a range of transportation companies and e-business systems to ensure a smooth and positive experience for your customers.

The unified supply chain service helps you streamline new product introductions, enhance risk mitigation and manage your supply chain with reporting, dashboards, and scorecards.

What Customers Are Saying

One customer liked the expansive reach and scalability of ModusL, saying, “With numerous sources predicting the global IoT [Internet of Things] market to reach into the trillions of dollars with close to 30 million IoT endpoints as early as 2020, there is no better time than the present for Tile to begin this journey with ModusLink.”

Summary

Moduslink
Moduslink Global Solutions
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    eFulfillment, Global Supply Chain Footprint
Features
  • Number of employees: 1,001–5,000
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Ups
UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • Number of employees: 10,001+
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
One of the world’s largest package delivery companies, UPS now offers a Supply Chain Solutions service for businesses. This service provides your company with a wide range of options to help you streamline the movement of your inventory, funds, and information.

With transportation and freight services, logistics, and distribution and consulting, you can offer products to customers all around the world with one simple service. UPS operates in more than 120 countries and ships via ocean, air, and rail transportation for fast delivery times.

The logistics supply chain services cover everything from global distribution to post-sale follow-ups and more. The company’s consulting services help you align your current supply chain operations with your unique business goals. You can choose an industry-specific problem, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions will provide an actionable solution.

The company focuses on the consumer goods, automotive, government, healthcare, high-tech, and industrial industries, and works with businesses of all sizes to achieve their inventory management and delivery goals.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like how UPS Supply Chain Solutions offers clear status updates, with one saying, “You get updates every time your package switches hands, trucks, and places and, once the truck is out for delivery, they give you a general destination where the truck is that has your package. UPS is the best delivery program I have ever used to track my boxes.”

Summary

Ups
UPS Supply Chain Solutions
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Logistics, Distribution, Freight, International Trade Management
Features
  • Number of employees: 10,001+
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth
  • Number of employees: 1,001-5,000
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Hollingsworth is a logistics and fulfillment services company with 900,000 square feet of warehouse space along with 49 shipping and receiving docks. Based in Dearborn, Michigan, it also has a railside dock loading facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

The company offers new warehouse management technology that allows you to optimize your deliveries and supply chain. It provides flexible warehousing that includes order fulfillment, distribution, packaging, assembly, and much more.

Hollingsworth uses SAP technologies that help you streamline your operations while reducing overhead costs.

This fulfillment service provider prides itself on offering exceptional customer service from the time of customer order all the way to delivery, giving you confidence that your customers have an excellent experience.

Packaging, warehousing, assembly, and even fastener management are provided so that your entire supply chain is covered from start to finish.

What Customers Are Saying

Hollingsworth has received several awards, notably from companies like GM and CVS, mentioning, “We are proud to announce that the Hollingsworth Fastener Division (HDS) has been awarded the On-Time Shipping Recognition in 2016 for excellent shipping practices in 2016. GM Customer Care and Aftersales has presented HDS with a GOLD On-Time Shipping Award for an outstanding performance last year.”

Summary

Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Warehousing and Inventory Management, Procurement and Distribution, Assembly and Sequencing
Features
  • Number of employees: 1,001-5,000
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
ShipMonk
ShipMonk
  • Number of employees: 501-1,000
  • Notable clients: FEAT Socks, BEARD KING, and Airboxlab
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
ShipMonk focuses on helping e-commerce companies by offering supply chain management to help you take a proactive approach to your inventory management goals. The service allows you to import orders automatically from all of your sales channels through its prebuilt software integrations.

With ShipMonk, you can track inventory levels in real-time, so you know precisely when you need to reorder specific products. The company offers heavily discounted shipping rates, thanks to its partnership with a number of major carriers in the U.S.

This fulfillment service focuses heavily on customer service and has a team of Happiness Engineers who are always available to assist. It offers warehouse automation with secure storage to give you faster fulfillment times with a 99.9% picking accuracy rate.

ShipMonk has several warehouse locations on the East and West Coast and offers integration for more than 100 shopping carts and online marketplace services with free setup.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like how ShipMonk helps their business grow, with one customer saying, “They’ve been so helpful in helping our business grow to the level that it has. There would’ve been no way for us to scale as quickly without them. They have really amazing customer service and are always a call away to help us with any issues. Highly recommend them!”

Summary

ShipMonk
ShipMonk
  • Starting Price
    • First Item Pick Fee: starts at $2.50/order
    • Additional Items: starts at $0.50/order
    • Promotional Inserts: starts at $0.20
    • Return Procesing: starts at $2 + $0.50/additional item
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Ecommerce Order Fulfillment, Storage and Warehousing
Features
  • Number of employees: 501-1,000
  • Notable clients: FEAT Socks, BEARD KING, and Airboxlab
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Geodis
Geodis
  • Number of employees: 10,001+
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
GEODIS has a worldwide presence and offers transport and logistics through supply chain optimization, freight forwarding, distribution, road transport, and more. The company spans every continent with a network that covers approximately 120 countries. GEODIS is based in France and is considered a leader in its field in Europe.

This fulfillment company offers end-to-end solutions to meet your needs through a variety of systems, including contract logistics. It offers warehousing and distribution center management to help businesses deliver products to customers all over the world. A streamlined flow process helps you reduce inventory costs, improve and increase new stock rotations, and ensure a smooth and efficient supply chain.

GEODIS specializes in 24- to 48-hour deliveries and last-mile deliveries, which allows you to tailor your shipments to customers and clients. The company works with manufacturers of all sizes and has a focus on industrial clients.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate the helpful staff at GEODIS, with one saying, “Experience with GEODIS was actually very well. They controlled our inventory and shipped out packages on time. [They] were very responsive when in contact with them and were very organized for a warehouse.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    European Distribution, Air and Sea Transport, Logistics, and Reverse Logistics
Features
  • Number of employees: 10,001+
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Ships-a-lot
Ships-a-lot
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Ships-a-Lot focuses on order accuracy and fulfillment services for high-volume orders to help with scalability for your e-commerce business. The company is recommended for online sellers, busy e-commerce stores, and crowdfunding-based fulfillment campaigns.

This fulfillment service has 24/7 operations, so you can reach out whenever you need assistance. It has a proven order accuracy rating among its clients and low stock storage fees. While Ships-a-Lot is available to anyone, it’s not recommended for low-volume clients.

Ships-a-Lot customizes its pick-and-pack fees based on the items you ship and your total shipping volume. The shipping is billed separately, and you’ll receive a discounted carrier rate. An online calculator is available so that you can compare the discounted shipping fees against other providers’ standard rates, such as the U.S. Postal Service.

You can start small with Ships-a-Lot and send in one pallet containing inventory for one item or send 10 pallets containing inventory for 1,000 items, all with a minimal $35 monthly storage fee.

What Customers Are Saying

Users appreciate the customer service and shipping discounts from Ships-a-Lot, with one saying, “It is very hard to find a good fulfillment company at a reasonable price that is reliable and has good customer service and actually passes on shipping discounts as well. These guys do it all! Highly recommended.”

Summary

Ships-a-lot
Ships-a-lot
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Warehousing, Order Fulfillment, Ecommerce, Shopify, and Logistics
Features
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
FedEx-Fulfillment
FedEx Fulfillment
  • Number of employees: 10,001+
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
FedEx Fulfillment is a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and helps small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) fulfill their orders from multiple channels. The service handles inventory for retail and e-commerce stores using an integrated supply chain product that combines an online platform with FedEx transportation services.

This order fulfillment platform offers a range of services, including packaging and fulfillment, warehousing, transportation, and reverse logistics. The service manages your inventory and integrates selling channels so that you can offer your products on a variety of websites and platforms.

Track your items, handle your inventory, and evaluate customer trends by observing your shoppers’ unique spending behaviors. You also have the option to offer two-day ground shipping almost anywhere in the United States. Plus, the service handles returns for you to ensure that everything is streamlined.

If you want to scale and grow, FedEx Fulfillment is a viable option. With quick shipping times, simple returns, flexibility in delivery, and a responsive customer service team, this company provides you with an easy way to manage the major aspects of your business.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like how FedEx Fulfillment understands their needs, with one saying, “We have a high price point, and they understand that. It’s been a very collaborative process, and they’re utilizing us as a resource to learn the priorities of a direct-to-consumer brand.”

Summary

FedEx-Fulfillment
FedEx Fulfillment
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Supply Chain Solutions, Reverse Logistics
Features
  • Number of employees: 10,001+
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Sprocket-Express
Sprocket Express
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Notable clients: CNAM Film Library,
  • J. M., Tap My Trees,
Sprocket Express offers order fulfillment, warehousing, inventory control, and several support services for e-commerce businesses. The multichannel integration plan helps your business expand from a single e-commerce channel into multiple marketplaces for more customer exposure and increased sales.

A large portion of Sprocket Express’ customers sell consumer goods like clothing, sports equipment, and nutritional supplements while other clients sell perishable products like gourmet chocolates. The software from Sprocket Express integrates with a variety of popular platforms, including Amazon, eBay, and other marketplaces that utilize shopping cart apps like Spotify.

The company offers picking, packing, shipping, and order confirmation all in one business day. Tracking emails are sent directly to your customers, and you can view inventory levels and orders through the secure web portal. International shipping is available.

You can scale your business through the inventory planning, forecasting, and replenishment services at Sprocket Express to help your company grow at your own pace.

What Customers Are Saying

People appreciate the high level of customer service from Sprocket Express with one customer saying, “I couldn’t be happier with the service provided by the folks at Sprocket. Dan [Cence, founder] runs a smooth operation and treats my inventory and customers as well as I would myself. With all the warehouses offering highly impersonal services, it’s nice to work with a company that I can trust and speak to real people when I need support.”

Summary

Sprocket-Express
Sprocket Express
  • Starting Price
    • $1.60 - $3 per order depending on complexity and size
  • Industry Focus
    Internet, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Nutritional Supplement fulfillment
Features
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Notable clients: CNAM Film Library,
  • J. M., Tap My Trees,
Rakutensl
Rakuten Super Logistics
  • Number of employees: 250 - 999
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Rakuten is the biggest ecommerce site in Japan, and they’re popular in many other countries around the world as well. With their Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) service, you can take advantage of their extensive infrastructure for fulfilling your own orders.

RSL offers a network of 15 fulfillment centers that are strategically located throughout the United States. This network allows RSL to provide two-day ground shipping to 98% of the country.

In addition to storage and shipping, RSL’s services include kitting, subscription boxes, and return management. They also provide their customers with SmartFill, a user-friendly order management and inventory tracking dashboard.

What Customers Are Saying

RSL makes life easier for merchants. “Rakuten is very good at handling our daily orders regardless of volume,” wrote one user. “I never stress about our orders being sent in a timely manner and having them be correct.”

Summary

Rakutensl
Rakuten Super Logistics
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics and supply chain
  • Service Lines
    Supply chain management, order fulfillment, inventory management
Features
  • Number of employees: 250 - 999
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Cin7
Cin7
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Notable clients: Anova, Tipsy Elves, and Earthwell
  • Industries served: Computer software,
Cin7 provides solutions for automation, warehouse integration, inventory management, and more. This fulfillment service offers a variety of features that can accommodate both large and small businesses.

The service includes the option to centralize your inventory so you can manage stock levels in your own warehouse, at a fulfillment center, or through Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) and at your own store. You can use the service to source your products, including managing your purchases and placing pre-orders from a variety of vendors.

Cin7’s built-in POS services let you meld POS and inventory, so you know when you need to place a purchase order for new products. It also works with a variety of software for barcode scanners, cash registers, and receipt printers. With the POS service, you can search online orders and use it for remote sales like at conferences and trade shows. This fulfillment service also offers reporting forecasting so that you can keep your business on the right path.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like how Cin7 helps them streamline their business, with one customer saying, “We have only been live with CIN7 for a couple of months but, so far, we are very happy with the way the system is performing, and it has definitely improved our productivity.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Computer Software, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Inventory Management, Point of Sale, Multi-Channel
Features
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Notable clients: Anova, Tipsy Elves, and Earthwell
  • Industries served: Computer software,
Fulfillify
Fulfillify
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
Fulfillify is ideal for online businesses, particularly those that offer subscription boxes and monthly membership products. This fulfillment service offers customers warehousing and kitting and shipping services through a nationwide network of integrated warehouses. It also offers online store integrations and gives customers the option of low order minimum requirements.

The company offers a pick-and-pack service geared toward SMBs. It provides clear, concise pricing for each fulfillment stage and includes a cloud platform that’s both tablet- and smartphone-friendly.

Fulfillify’s low order minimums make it easier for SMBs to meet their needs without having to sign up with multiple services or partners. The company offers a unique, highly customizable unboxing experience.

It also has an in-house design and printing department to help your business create a branded packaging design, and the kitting service creates high-quality subscription boxes for a positive customer experience.

If you need orders picked, packed, and shipped the same day, Fulfillify can get them on their way quickly.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like the company’s support, with one reviewer saying, “Fulfillify’s customer support is second to none in the fulfillment service industry. The solution provides its clients with 24/7 customer support services and online resources to help them better manage their logistics processes.”

Summary

Fulfillify
Fulfillify
  • Starting Price
    • (for monthly order volumes of up to 6000)
    • Pick and Pack Services: start at $1.99/order/month plus a fee of $0.50/item
    • Product Storage: start at $12.50/pallet/month
    • Product Receiving: $12/stock keeping unit/pallet received each month
  • Industry Focus
    Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Fulfillment, Packaging, Warehousing
Features
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Industries served: Logistics and supply chain
EFulfillmentService
eFulfillmentService
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Notable clients: Not provided
  • Industries served: Warehousing,
eFulfillment Service is an award-winning order fulfillment service specializing in e-commerce. This service provides fast, affordable, and streamlined services to help online sellers maintain constant control over their fulfillment operations.

The service allows you to be more efficient and profitable while giving you the flexibility you need. Optimized for small- to medium-sized online retailers, eFulfillment Service offers product storage and order fulfillment. It also handles returns as required.

The web-based software lets you view and manage your inventory, check order and shipment statuses, and request additional support or services. It integrates with a wide variety of shopping carts, including Amazon, eBay, and Overstock to make ordering easy for your customers.

eFulfillment Service sends order and shipment confirmation emails to your customers automatically, so they always know the status of their orders. With this fulfillment service, you’re able to free up your valuable time so that you can remain focused on your business.

What Customers Are Saying

Customers appreciate how eFulfillment Service packs its products, with one saying, “eFulfillment Service packs items very well indeed. We have purple shampoos that have a tendency to leak, items from China in fragile plastic bags, and items in tubes which are easily damaged. The company bubble wraps and put in dividers into cartons, and items arrive in very good condition.”

Summary

EFulfillmentService
eFulfillmentService
  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Industry Focus
    Warehousing, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Service Lines
    Inventory Storage, Order Fulfillment, Product Shipping, and Kitting & Assembly
Features
  • Number of employees: 51-200
  • Notable clients: Not provided
  • Industries served: Warehousing,

How We Chose the Best Fulfillment Services

Providing products to your customers in a timely manner is paramount to a successful business. Fulfillment services make the process easier by providing you with the essential services you need to keep your business running. These services can store, package, and ship your products for you, which leaves you and your staff with more time to focus on growing your company. There are many fulfillment companies offering an array of features and services. We’ve compiled a list of 15 top picks that offer the most important features for businesses large and small.

Multiple Service Lines

Businesses of all sizes have their own unique needs. We’ve chosen several firms that provide a myriad of service lines to help you decide which one is right for you. These service lines include inventory management, distribution, warehousing, and more.

Size of Firm

The size of fulfillment firms can vary greatly, and there are some advantages and disadvantages to large and small entities. Firm size is based on several factors, including the number of employees and cost. We made sure to select a variety of sizes to meet the needs of companies of all sizes.

Industry Focus

Whether it’s supply chain or logistics, we chose fulfillment services that cover a wide range of industries. This ensures that you can find the right service to suit your business type and needs. If you operate online, it’s important to consider a fulfillment service that specializes in this particular industry. A small local business may only need their firm to cover basic industry requirements, such as warehousing.

What Is a Fulfillment Service?

A fulfillment service helps businesses manage their inventory, pick-and-pack items, and ship them to customers. Thanks to the ability of fulfillment services to store, pack, and ship goods, you can reduce overhead costs and eliminate the need for a separate warehouse at your place of business.

Many e-commerce businesses use fulfillment services since they can integrate a variety of online shopping carts with the services’ inventory management software. These services are also helpful when you need to track inventory levels and make sure that every purchase is delivered to your customers in a timely manner.

Most fulfillment services also manage customer returns. This leaves you free to focus on your business while being able to track returns and customer satisfaction remotely. Some companies also provide you with reporting so that you can forecast your business inventory needs. With the right service, you’re better able to handle the influx of inventory and make decisions about which items are selling and which ones should be discontinued.

If you own and operate a subscription service, certain fulfillment firms will pack, ship, and even brand your subscription boxes. It’s an easy way to deliver your products to customers all across the country without having to maintain a separate warehouse. Fulfillment services can also offer customization, such as logos, engraving, and other branding options, for your packaging and products.

Benefits of Fulfillment Services

If you want to offer a wide range of products to your customers but don’t have the storage space, a fulfillment service is an excellent solution. There are many benefits to using this type of service, including:

  • Lower overhead costs: With a fulfillment service, you’ll pay a flat rate based on how many items you need to store and ship. Pricing structures vary but, overall, it’s much less costly in terms of overhead and what you’d normally need to pay in rent and employee costs.
  • Easy inventory management:Using a fulfillment service allows you to track the progress of your inventory. Through intuitive, real-time software, you can determine easily which products are selling and which you may need to scrap. It also helps you place orders for new products as needed for fast turnaround times.
  • Instant communication: You can get notified when new orders are placed, when those orders ship, and when they’re delivered through fulfillment services. This information helps you stay on top of progress in terms of new orders and final deliveries to your customers.
  • Security: A high-quality fulfillment service should provide you with a safe and secure warehouse space. Whether it’s through security personnel or camera monitoring, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your products are looked after and secure until they’re ready to be shipped.

Must-Have Features for a Fulfillment Service

As you shop for a fulfillment service, there are several criteria to consider:

  • Available service lines: If you need warehousing, logistics, and inventory management, be sure to select a fulfillment service that offers all of these service lines. Not every business has the same requirements in terms of storage, packing, and shipping, so be sure the service you choose offers you exactly what you need for success.
  • Firm size: If you plan to ship your products globally, you may need to choose a bigger fulfillment service with a larger footprint. Small startups or niche companies may benefit from working with a smaller, more personal-sized firm.
  • Industry focus: You might only need help with one facet of your business like warehousing or managing your supply chain. Be sure that you select a fulfillment service that covers the industry-specific needs of your business, so you’re confident it can handle the entire process from start to finish.
  • Integration: If you use an e-commerce platform to sell your products, check that the fulfillment service can integrate with your current platform and shopping cart software. Seamless integration allows you to offer your products on a wider range of websites and popular e-commerce platforms for enhanced customer reach.

The Cost of Fulfillment Services

The cost of fulfillment services can vary widely, and most pricing depends on the volume of products you have and where you need to ship them. For example, services that offer global shipping may charge you more than those who only ship within the U.S. If you need to warehouse your items, plan to pay anywhere from $35 to $100 per month or more for storage. Some services charge by the pallet, which will cost you an individual monthly rate per pallet stored.

Many fulfillment services charge you by the order, with prices ranging between $2 and $8 each, on average once an order is placed by a customer. Others may charge an additional receiving fee, which is typically incurred by the hour and tends to cost between $35 and $40.

If you need personnel to pick and pack your orders, plan to pay a small fee per product shipment on top of your monthly costs. In most cases, fulfillment services offer a cost quote based on your location, the volume of orders you have each month, and how many specific services you need.

When shopping for a fulfillment service, be sure to compare pricing based on how much you need to store and ship as well as your future goals in terms of order volume.