Deliverr is piloting a program to reduce inbound shipping costs by allowing a seller to ship to one location, and then distributing the seller's inventory across its network of fulfillment centers. Since this is a pilot program, Deliverr is starting small, and requiring that a seller prepare their inbound for distribution, but how does this work?
By 'preparing the inbound for distribution', Deliverr is requiring the seller to follow a standard shipping plan by packing multiple shipment (usually four) per inbound, but instead of sending those four shipments to different Deliverr fulfillment centers, the seller sends all shipments to the same fulfillment center. This fulfillment center receives one of the shipments into inventory and forwards the rest of the shipments to their final location. In effect, Deliverr is providing a free shipment forwarding service.
A standard shipping plan requires a seller to send shipments to different fulfillment centers.
A shipment forwarding plan requires a seller to send all shipments to the same fulfillment center. After receiving one shipment, Deliverr forwards the remaining shipments to their final locations.
Is there a fee for shipment forwarding? No, shipment forwarding is a free service. With that said, shipment forwarding will take longer than a standard shipping plan. Deliverr estimates that it will take ~10 days longer than following a standard shipping plan.
Will sellers always have to prepare their inbound for distribution? No, in the future, Deliverr will offer a service for sellers to create just one shipment to one location. Deliverr would then break apart that shipment, and distribute the inventory across its network. Deliverr is not offering this service right now because it's more complex and costly. If you would like to see Deliverr build this paid service, please vote for it.