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Five marketplace fulfilment start-ups to look out for in 2019

By Sasha Fedorenko January 8, 2019 - 1:16 pm

A solid fulfilment strategy is vital to business growth. Merchants will often stumble upon a dilemma of finding the right supplier. Today Tamebay will look at five logistics start-ups that sellers can get a hold of to meet their business model priorities.

ShipBob:two-day shipping service and total control over customers’ experience

Location: Chicago, United States

Service: The supplier supports merchants to achieve ‘Amazon-scale’ logistics by providing them with solutions for last mile delivery experience. It promises an accelerated two-day delivery which works by strategically allocating sellers’ stock across territories that are closer their core customer base.

Merchants are also provided with tools that allow them to maintain a close watch on inventory, orders and shipments rates. The benefit is that sellers can add a speedy delivery option to their artillery which might be considerably cheaper in comparison to eBay Enterprise and Fulfilment by Amazon.

ClearMetal: uses predictive analytics to reduce last mile delivery costs

Location: San Fransico, United States

Service: ClearMetal uses machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and external data such as satellite to evaluate sellers’ shipping performance. With this insight on hands, sellers can identify the best and worst performing areas of their fulfilment strategies to enhance their offering model continuously.

What makes this solution useful is the option of seeing a comprehensive picture of their last mile to help merchants improve productivity and make proactive decisions.

Clearpath Robotics: designs and develops robots

Location: Kitchener, Canada

Service: The supplier’s team of experts creates complex robotic systems based on merchant requests. Sellers are able to allocate their robots a set of programmed tasks and monitor their performance.

Sellers who aim to compete with the likes of Amazon when it comes to the scale of their robotic achievements can use this service to design their own bespoke automation machines.

Optoro-helps sellers to resell returned and excess merchandise

Location: Washington, US

Service: Optoro enables retailers to achieve higher merchandise ‘returns recovery’ with a suite of marketing channels that reach the right customers who would purchase returned stock. Sellers can also increase their reach via a pool of marketplaces and demand channels supported by the supplier including Amazon, eBay, Jet.com, Tophatter and Wish.

The advantage of this solution is that the returned stock is being treated as a new one. Merchants no longer need to worry about the sellability of their returned or excess merchandise as the service’s engine dynamically allocates stock across the most suitable channels and marketplaces.

Flexe-provides on-demand fulfilment solutions

Location: Seattle, United States

Service: The supplier accurately matches merchants’ requests with warehouse providers based on their business needs and locations. Flexe boasts a 90% positive track record of finding last mile providers that can manage the scope of sellers’ projects and meet their service levels.

Sellers can save time and money looking for suitable third-party logistics (3PL) providers. With more than hundreds of trusted and reputable suppliers in Flexe’s network, merchants can find their ‘perfect match’ in no time.

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