James and James Fulfilment has expanded its Ohio fulfilment centre by nearly three times to support eCommerce firms selling into the US market.
Recent increases to international shipping costs into the US have highlighted the benefits of domestic shipping for eCommerce firms, says James and James, which operates sites in the UK, US and the Netherlands.
The expanded Ohio facility, now 80,000 sq ft, will protect customers from changes in international shipping costs by increasing the options on where to ship from. It can also reduce delivery times, and offer greater reliability.
James and James customers include Frenchie Bulldog, Crafted London and Lisa Eldridge.
The company has recruited 15 new employees in the US, including a goods in manager, inventory operations manager and inventory team leader.
Chief executive Emma Dempsey said: “The US provides a great additional market for UK retailers, with many shifting their focus from the EU to US after Brexit. This new fulfilment centre provides the certainty and cost benefits of domestic shipping to businesses who are trying to reach or grow in that region. Ohio is not only well-placed to serve the East Coast population but is also within a one-day drive to most major populaces.”
She added: “Offering clients access to a strong technology platform and multiple sites from which to trade and ship internationally provides greater protection from changes in international trade, and reduces shipping costs and time to market for those trying to scale.”
James and James Fulfilment is also looking to open a new fulfilment centre on the West Coast, among other regions.