ShipBob launches first fulfilment centre in Australia
Cloud-based logistics platform ShipBob has officially opened its first fulfilment centre in Australia.
Located in Melbourne, the facility is in very close proximity to Tullamarine airport, which allows for easy access to the Eastern coast.
The fulfilment centre was built to help businesses around the world to thrive within Australia by addressing customer expectations of fast and affordable shipping.
The centre allows customers to ship domestically, reduce shipping costs and transit times.
ShipBob partnered with Australia Post, securing discounted shipping rates and fast delivery times, and said that a majority of shipments have been arriving in 1-3 business days.
“Our mission is to democratise fulfilment for direct-to-consumer brands of all sizes around the world, and our customers have expressed interest in expanding their reach into Australia,” said Dhruv Saxena, CEO and co-founder of ShipBob.
“Like our entire fulfilment network, our Australian fulfilment centre will be held to the ShipBob promise of reliable, fast, and inexpensive shipping with end-to-end transparency from one dashboard, managing all of our customers’ inventory, orders and sales channels,” Saxena said.
The ecommerce platform will assist their customers through the process of becoming a non-resident importer and sending freight to the Australian FC, with the option to leverage ShipBob’s relationships with cross-border freight specialists.
ShipBob customer, Zula Badral, who is Head of Operations at Karst, said they are excited to gain access to the platform’s fulfilment solutions in the home country.
“With physical distance, time zones, and regulatory differences always playing a factor when expanding internationally, finding a trusted 3PL years ago was definitely not easy,” Badral said.
“However, with ShipBob’s easy-to-use, functional, and reliable software, as well as their knowledgeable, responsive team, ShipBob has done a stellar job of supporting our growth in North America, our largest market. We’re keen for and confident that they will bring the same expertise to Australia,” he said.
ShipBob has also recently opened four new US fulfillment centres in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California to further expand their regional fulfillment network and increase capacity in the United States.
Last week, the company announced a US$200 million Series E funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures, valuing the company well over US$1 billion.