“The key factor for me is, I don’t want to have worry about the order,” Chernoff says. “With Shipwire, when somebody places an order on the Website, I get an e-mail showing that the order has come in, and I can see that we have the item in stock and I know when it’s going to get shipped out. I don’t have to worry about the payment — because their system integrates with PayPal and I get paid immediately — and also I don’t have to worry about which shipper I”m going to use to get the best rate or fastest delivery — they handle all of that for me.”
Chernoff … discovered a new third-party logistics company geared for small businesses called Shipwire. For a monthly fee, Shipwire warehouses SkyRoll’s merchandise in its Chicago facility (one of six mega facilities Shipwire operates) and fulfills orders nationwide from there. Once the merchant’s manufacturer gets the shipments to the warehouse, Shipwire handles everything from order fulfillment to payments to shipping to order tracking.
Shipwire works with all the major carriers, including FedEx, UPS and the USPS, to secure the best rates for air and ground shipping. If a customer doesn’t specify how a package is to be shipped, Shipwire uses the most economical method based on current rates and least cost routing.
“Simplification is a big thing for me — and this makes the whole thing of running a supply chain very simple,” Chernoff says, adding that it typically only takes a day for an order to get shipped out of Shipwire’s Chicago warehouse. Read more. | PDF Version.Read more