June 07, 2021

How Apparel Fulfillment & Dropshipping Will Unlock Your Productivity

By In City Prints
How Apparel Fulfillment & Dropshipping Will Unlock Your Productivity

So you started a t-shirt shop online and it’s taking off. Congrats! However, to meet demand, you have to order more t-shirts, and with that, find a place to store them —  yikes. And on top of that, you’re spending way more time packaging and shipping t-shirts than you ever thought you would be. Growing pains are real, but we know of a way to fix it, and it’s easier than you think.

Introducing: In City Print's Partner Store Fulfillment.

What is Fulfillment?

When a company offers fulfillment services, also known as dropshipping, it means that they will store all of your product for you, and handle all of the packing and shipping that comes with it. So if you’re shipping t-shirts around the country, order fulfillment would eliminate the headache of storing, packing, and shipping your t-shirts when you make a sale. 

What Will Fulfillment Do For You?

Fulfillment is a game-changer for anyone who’s shipping t-shirts, or any other type of merchandise. Whether it be for your online t-shirt shop, or for sending t-shirts to your business customers, our fulfillment service relieves a lot of the pain related to storing and shipping your t-shirts, sweaters, stickers, hats or anything else you might be selling.

Save Time. Taking time to pack and send out your t-shirts can add up. You have to step away from what you’re doing, go pick the t-shirts you’re sending, pack them, and get them shipped out. Even if it’s not that much time per day, the disruption of having to stop what you’re doing to pick, pack, and ship your t-shirts can kill your productivity. Outsourcing this process will allow you to focus on what you do best — growing your brand.

Save Money. When you get set up with the ICP wholesale & fulfillment system, you’ll get bulk shipping and packaging discounts that aren’t necessarily available to everyone. Plus, you’ll no longer have to pay for storage space, as all of your products will be stored at the ICP fulfillment center.

Happier Customers. With a dedicated fulfillment staff, you’ll have a team working to get your orders out as fast as possible. 95% of our shipments go out within 24 hours of the order, creating wow with your customers, and making them ready to order again.

What Fulfillment Isn’t

A question we get often with fulfillment is: does fulfillment mean you’re rolling out on-demand printing?

Short answer: no.

Long answer: while we understand that on-demand printing can be convenient for a business or clothing line as it’s getting off the ground, you can’t produce on-demand t-shirts at the same quality that In City Prints has come to be known for, and your brand doesn’t deserve anything less. Plus, you’ll avoid the other common pitfalls of on-demand printing, like higher setup costs, lower profit margins, long turnaround times, and out of stock t-shirts.

Other Fulfillment FAQs

    • Do I have to print t-shirts with In City Prints to sign up for fulfillment?  For now, yes. While we get things off the ground, ICP customers will get first priority on fulfillment.
    • My brand carries gear other than t-shirts (like hats and stickers), can I store those items at ICP too?  Absolutely. We’re happy to take any and all of your inventory, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
    • How Does ICP Partner Store Fulfillment Work? You place your bulk order(s) with us. We print your order, bringing your swag to life. We then create an e-commerce store front platform for your apparel - housed on our ICP website. We create a custom link for your store that hooks up to your website/apparel items. We stock your inventory items at our warehouse, and then ship out your customer's order as soon as they come in.
    • How do I get started?  Easy! Just head to our fulfillment homepage or our common questions and answers page to learn more. If you're ready to get started, just email us at info@incityprints.com and we’ll be in touch shortly to give you more info on our t-shirt printing and fulfillment services, and get you fully onboard.
    • Is fulfillment limited to domestic shipping?  Normally no. However with all of the shipping delays with all carriers due to Covid-19, we are currently shipping fulfillment order to U.S. and Canada.