What are the best ways to outsource your 3PL and ecommerce fulfilment from processing it internally?

Outsourcing your 3PL (third-party logistics) and ecommerce fulfilment can be a great way to streamline your operations, save time, and reduce costs. Here are some of the best ways to do it:

  1. Determine your needs: Before outsourcing, it's important to identify your specific needs and requirements. This includes the volume of orders you receive, the types of products you sell, and the shipping destinations. By knowing your needs, you can better evaluate potential 3PL partners and choose the one that best fits your business. We specialise in small and light fast-moving items like cosmetics, alcohol, perfumes, FMCG items and jewellery.
  2. Research potential 3PL partners: Look for 3PL providers that specialise in ecommerce fulfilment and have experience with your specific industry. Check their reputation, customer reviews, and track record. Evaluate their capabilities, pricing, and the technology they use to manage orders and inventory. Check out our testimonials and we will happily give you contact details to speak to clients that use our service for all honest conversations.
  3. Assess our technology: Make sure the 3PL provider has the technology to integrate with your ecommerce platforms, such as inventory management systems, shipping software, and order management software. This will ensure that orders are processed efficiently and accurately. With one central tool to sign into to see live inventory, all your orders being processed and communication channels to speak to the picking teams, we have you covered. We can even produce branded materials to help you with dispatch notes and personalised elements.
  4. Evaluate their warehousing and shipping capabilities: Check the 3PL provider's warehousing and shipping facilities. Evaluate their location, size, security, and climate control. Ensure that they have the capability to handle your products and that they offer shipping options and carriers that meet your requirements. There isn't a one-size, fits-all warehouse. We work with our clients to be as modular as possible and to ensure scalability and flexibility in your peak seasons.
  5. Ask about customer service and support: Ensure that the 3PL provider offers responsive customer service and support. Check their hours of operation and availability for urgent requests or issues. Ask about their communication channels and how they handle customer inquiries and complaints. We give you direct contact channels to warehouse management, account managers and picking teams so you are never out of the loop.  We have a crisis a day and we are always working to smooth out potential issues as they arise.
  6. Consider the cost: Evaluate the 3PL provider's pricing structure and compare it with the cost of processing orders internally. Consider factors such as warehousing fees, shipping costs, and order processing fees. Keep it simple. There are three cost centres, storage, picking/packing and distribution. There are many ways to increase the complexity and terminologies change from company to company so it is hard to compare. But there are lots of hidden costs, so be aware of all order scenarios so you can cost compare accurately.
  7. Start with a small test project: Once you have chosen a 3PL partner like CBF Fulfilment, start with a small test project to evaluate their performance and ensure that they meet your expectations. Gradually increase the volume of orders and expand the scope of the partnership as you build trust and confidence. We work with companies from all over the world to manage projects, new SKU launches and consistent daily e-commerce order processing.  Talk to us about how you wan tot work and we will provide the solution.

By following these best practices, you can find a reliable and efficient 3PL provider that meets your needs and helps you grow your ecommerce business. Of course, we are biased at CBF Fulfilment.  But we recognise that we cannot suit all client's needs.  Talk to us for an honest and simple conversation about what you're after and we will help you even if its to point you at an alternative 3PL partner.

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In the last month we have processed the following:

Shopify, WooCommerce etc.
Wholesale / B2B
Amazon Orders

Processing Times

We can work as fast as you need us to.  We operate in a Perfect Operating Fulfilment (POF) world.  Your clients will more often than not be able to operate as quickly as us with our order processing. So we are able to manage dispatch dates and process order to satisfy your clients and not hamper their processes. We can be as flexible as you would like us to be.

Understanding delivery performance, accurate delivery documentation, damage reporting and timeline traceability, your products can be located on pallets and picking locations all readily available for ordering anytime.

Picking/packing and dispatching orders to travel across the world daily, no matter the size of order. Our team will work with you help manage your book shipments, international customs paperwork and commodity codes to help aid the travel times.

We are all about the best reviews
for you and our processes.


Your brand and online presence will not grow if your fulfilment partner lets you down with poorly packed and mispicked items. We are all hunting for the 5-star review and together we actively work on providing the processes and tracking to keep you and your customers informed.

Keeping it simple and efficient.

We guarantee a same day dispatch of your goods.



Securely and efficiently in our heated Warehouse

Our warehouse is our own, We have a large space able to securely store pallets from only £2.00 per week, boxes and goods on pick pack bays ready for your customers to order. Come and see us.



Contract Packing or Order Fulfilment. We are ready!

Daily order processing from £0.50 per order or contract packing projects, we work with them all. Receiving orders from all sales channels we can pick/pack and dispatch the same day of order regardless of volumes.

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Any size of consignment, anywhere in the world.

Our teams work with all packing suppliers as well as the National Couriers, Royal Mail and Pallet Networks all day every day. Talk to them about how to ship your orders securely and efficiently.


Our processes are fast and efficient.
With no setup, integration and management costs.
We are always keen to work with the publishing sector to give you access to our tools.  You maybe moving from one existing provider or are in need of a site in the UK. We can help you transition, training your staff on our processes and tools to help you be more efficient and without disruption or delay to order workflow.

Looking for good communication?

We are class leading with a dedicated Client Services Team to help you with all your daily contact, a support ticket process for returns and ongoing projects as well as our query processes to speak directly to our picking teams about order specifics. We need you to be able to communicate on all levels so that you can deliver your ecommerce and promotional books and publications to your clients.


Over the years we have stored and processed e-commerce and wholesale orders for most industry sectors.
We are the chosen Distribution Centre, 3PL Logistics and Ecommerce Fulfilment Service Partner for hundreds of clients.  We specialise in fast-moving items from Small and Light to Two-Man lift products.

But there are always items we haven't seen,
so make sure you say Hi!

Talk to us about your Returns processing and FBA stock preparation.
We are happy to help with all your goods coming back for putting back on the shelf for resale or for quarantining.

Testimonial: alya skin. - Cosmetics & Beauty

"We assigned CBF Fulfilment as our third party logistics company for UK orders 2 years ago.

They have been nothing short of amazing to work with, they are extremely quick to despatch orders and have a team that are always so willing to help when needed.

As an ecommerce business owner that has worked with multiple 3PL companies and can safely say that CBF Fulfilment has been the best we have ever worked with in all the years."


alya skin.

Testimonial: Climbingvan - Books and Publication

"We run Climbingvan, a resource for helping people with self-build van conversions. Last year we wrote our book, The Van Conversion Bible, which explains exactly how to convert a campervan.
As we live full-time in our own van and work remotely from the road, it's not possible for us to manage our own fulfilment. CBF help us to get our book into the hands of our customers all across the country, as well as fulfilling our wholesale orders to larger suppliers. We appreciate their flexibility and the bespoke service they are able to offer us. The world of ecommerce was new to us, and the team at CBF have been really helpful in making everything possible for us, and are always friendly and quick to respond."


Charlie & Dale

Testimonial: Lola + Blake - Clothing & Accessories

"I’ve been really pleased with the service I have received from CBF. Each business is unique, and mine certainly has a lot of personalisation options and additions that customers request. CBF worked to implement these and find solutions to ensure that my brand remained as personal as when I individually wrapped and sent each order myself from my dining room table! Recent reviews from customers have remained positive with special mentions to the quality of the luxury gift wrap and the nice touch of personal notes."


Kat Paterson-Browne
Lola + Blake

Testimonial: Bodyhero - Health and Fitness

"CBF have been great in facilitating all aspects of our direct to consumer and business to business order fulfilment as our chosen 3PL company.

The team are always really helpful and resolve any questions or issues in a timely fashion."


Andy Birch

Testimonial: Hyde & Hare - Luxury Cowhide Accessories

"CBF has been brilliant from start to finish in managing our fulfilment and distribution. What stands out is their ability to take initiative when processing orders and their support has been fundamental to our growth."


Piers Dickinson
Hyde & Hare

Testimonial: Dodo Pad - Books & Publication

"Moving to CBF has enabled us to improve our service to our own eCommerce customers – next day delivery and orders always despatched on time with full tracking – as well as navigate increasingly complex international shipping.
We are a small business with a peak at Christmas. CBF has given us the flexibility we needed, which was not possible when we were managing fulfilment in house."


Mafalda McCarthy
Dodo Pad

Testimonial: Lateral Line / Artemi Rum - Spirits Alcohol

"CBF has enabled us to establish our E-commerce platform initially through sales through Amazon. The service was very easy to set up, streamlined and efficient. Whenever any queries arise, they are very quickly dealt with by the CBF staff. We are very pleased to be working with CBF."


Arun Mahtani
Lateral Line

Testimonial: iNKSHIP. - Posters & Prints

"CBF have handled my orders for almost five years now, which single-handedly allowed me to grow from a bedroom business to a scale I could never have handled myself. I’m really grateful to the hard-working warehouse team who always fulfil my orders to a very high standard, and never seem to miss a beat."


Sam Hipwell

Your 3PL Ecommerce Fulfilment, Distribution Centre and Contract Packing partner. Planned, Integrated, Packed and Delivered.

T: 01242 802140


CBF Fulfilment
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