Friday, February 20, 2009

Shipwire, Doba Form Drop Ship Network

Shipwire, Inc. has joined with Doba in offering a new service to suppliers and manufacturers by relying on Doba's network of drop-ship retailers, then fulfilling orders with Shipwire's electronic-commerce tools.

In the past, customers have had to develop internal capabilities or work through systems integrators to connect their fulfillment operations to Doba. The new partnership, with a real-time connection, allows any supplier instantly to participate in the Doba drop-ship marketplace, providing complete automation of order fulfillment for direct drop-ship sales.

The service is aimed at manufacturers, large distributors, liquidators, wholesale suppliers and multi-channel sellers looking to help online retailers to sell their drop-ship inventories. The arrangement creates an integrated sales channel for product distribution, which promises increased order visibility, access to more Web listings and efficient automated delivery.

Doba will provide suppliers entry to its network from the Shipwire Store-Sell-Ship platform for no fee. Merchants will have access to Doba's "virtual warehouses" of 1.2 million products from hundreds of wholesale suppliers, along with Shipwire order fulfillment, based on a pay-for-usage fee structure. Suppliers deposit inventory with Shipwire and synch their inventories to Doba via a wizard in their Shipwire accounts.

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