Shipping to foreign countries can be a little daunting, as the tariffs and customs laws will differ from what you are used to. Individually dispatching orders from the US and EU may seem challenging and impractical, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with UK fulfilment.
Not to mention, it’s not exactly the most economical method out there. Orders are likely to be delayed, and issues are bound to occur, not to mention the cost of everything adds up. Your customer will also end up having to pay extra for shipping and customs fees, which may deter them from placing their order with you. Is there anything worse than seeing abandoned online shopping baskets?
So, what’s the solution? Well, perhaps you should consider partnering with a UK fulfilment centre.
All your orders can be sent directly from a UK fulfilment centre straight to your UK customers, saving you (and them) time and money. Not only this, but it means that you save time on picking, packing, shipping, and putting away stock, as this all will be handled for you. It can be unsettling leaving someone else in control of your orders and inventory, but the benefits of doing so are extremely worth it. Let’s discover exactly what they are…
Quite simply, the market is huge! The UK’s e-commerce market holds the largest proportion in Europe. According to the Office of National Statistics (UK), the nation’s e-commerce income in 2019 totalled £693 billion GBP, growing considerably from the previous year As of February 2022, the eCommerce market income totals £2.089.6 billion, which is 27.6% of total retail sales overall.
On a sectoral basis, wholesale and manufacturing were the two biggest industry sectors that produced the most e-commerce sales in the same year. Adding onto this, the UK ranked third with retail e-commerce sales of USD $180.39 billion in 2020, trailing only China (USD $2,296.95 billion) and the United States (USD $794.50 billion).
There may be issues with tracking, insurance, customs duties or shipping costs. Outsourcing with a UK fulfilment partner eradicates the potential for any issues and alleviates the stress and delay caused.