Expand Your 3PL Globally with FlavorCloud

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As a 3PL provider, staying ahead in today’s competitive landscape means offering comprehensive solutions to enable merchants to reach their consumers wherever they are around the world. Being internationally capable will also help you unlock new revenue streams and thrive in the cross-border ecommerce market. At FlavorCloud, our unrivaled global expertise and best-in-class solution position us perfectly as a trusted partner in helping you navigate the complexities of international shipping and global trade compliance.

Cross-Border is the #1 Growth Driver

The global B2C and B2B cross-border ecommerce market is witnessing outstanding growth, with projections showing a staggering 1,011% increase from $785 billion in 2021 to $7.9 trillion by 2030. This thriving market presents immense opportunities for merchants seeking to expand their reach and tap into new customer bases worldwide.

As a 3PL provider, your role is pivotal in helping merchants add international shipping capabilities to their online stores. By offering global fulfillment solutions, you attract more merchants, enhance conversions, reduce client churn, and generate revenue from optimized international shipping rates. Embracing a global approach doesn’t just benefit your clients; it propels your business to new heights—where their growth fuels yours.

International Shipping Risk Mitigation

Getting international shipping wrong can have significant consequences for you and your merchants. The risks include:

  • Legal and Financial Hazards: Poorly managed international shipping can lead to inaccurate customs documentation, non-compliance with regulations, unexpected fees, and potential loss of business due to delays and heavy penalties that bring business to a crawl.
  • Operational Inefficiencies: Handling multiple carrier relationships, ensuring compliance, and managing all aspects of international shipping can be complex and time-consuming. Bad shipping practices can result in high costs, customs delays, and a negative impact on customer experience.
  • Missed Growth Opportunities: Failing to provide seamless international shipping solutions means missing out on potential growth opportunities. Merchants may look for alternate 3PL providers that offer a comprehensive global shipping infrastructure, putting your business at a competitive disadvantage.

Carrier Options for 3PLs

When expanding your 3PL services globally, selecting the right cross-border partner is crucial for seamless operations and overall success. There are a few options for 3PLs when working with carriers:

  • Self-Serve: Some 3PLs opt for a self-serve solution, where merchants bring their carriers and handle negotiations and calculations themselves. This approach may lack the comprehensive services, competitive rates, customs, and carrier network needed for efficient cross-border operations and can expose clients to low margins and legal and financial risks.
  • Single-Carrier Partner: Partnering with a single-carrier provider simplifies operations but can limit flexibility, leading to higher rates, customer dissatisfaction, and compliance challenges.
  • Multi-Carrier Partner: FlavorCloud provides a multi-carrier routing engine with four different service levels, allowing 3PLs to tailor shipping solutions to each merchant’s unique needs. Our first-of-its-kind, comprehensive cross-border network is AI optimization to be the one-stop shop for all B2C and B2B international shipping needs leading to cost-effective shipping and increased profitability for 3PLs.

Automated Global Trade Compliance for Peace of Mind

Global trade compliance is a critical aspect of successful cross-border shipping. At FlavorCloud, we understand the complexities of international regulations and provide a comprehensive customs network that automates product classification, clearance, and compliance with regulatory and country-specific trade restrictions. As the Importer of Record on behalf of merchants, we assume responsibility for seamless compliance, protecting your business and clients from legal consequences, delays, and financial risks.

Why Partner with FlavorCloud?

FlavorCloud offers a range of benefits that drive cross-border success for our 3PL partners:

  • Importer of Record: We handle customs compliance, duty, and tax calculations, allowing you and your merchants to focus on core business operations.
  • Multi-Carrier Partnership: With the world’s largest carrier network, we offer a wide range of carrier options, service levels, and terms of trade, expanding your reach to customers worldwide.
  • Comprehensive Managed Service: Our automated cross-border managed service reduces refused/returned shipments and minimizes loss/damage rates, providing a hassle-free customer experience.

Success Stories

FlavorCloud’s capabilities have led to significant improvements for our customers and partners. After implementing our seamless international shipping solution, corporate gifting solution Loop & Tie saw substantial reductions in label costs and gains in customer satisfaction, order volume, and order value.

Our partnership with Global Omnifulfillment Platform, ShipBob, has enabled smooth international shipping across 200+ countries for their customers. Through FlavorCloud, ShipBob customers can access fast delivery options, automated customs clearance, and guaranteed DDP with landed cost calculations across 30+ ShipBob warehouses in 6 countries.

Unlock New Opportunities with FlavorCloud

By partnering with FlavorCloud, you open doors to global expansion and elevate your 3PL services. Our extensive carrier network, comprehensive cross-border managed service, and Plug & Play APIs streamline operations, reduce costs, and enhance customer satisfaction. Join our white glove partner service and take the next step towards cross-border success in the global marketplace. Contact us at partners@flavorcloud.com to discuss your international fulfillment needs and discover how FlavorCloud can help you thrive.