Book fulfilment from cover to cover

Choose Zendbox to manage your book fulfilment and make bookselling simpler. We take the headache out of storing, packing, and shipping books, so eCommerce retailers can keep the pages of their book business turning.
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Grow a bestselling business

Despite the digital age, over 200 million books are still sold in the UK each year. Book lovers expect their next great read to arrive quickly and in immaculate condition to sit pride of place on their bookshelf. Deliver on this demand with our leading book fulfilment service, which takes care of the entire eCommerce fulfilment journey for books and other literature.

Save storage costs

At Zendbox, the cost of storing books is charged by volume, based on the cubic metre space your stock is taking up in real-time. This means you never pay for space that you’re not using, so you can put any potential savings back into your business.

Streamlined supply chain

Instruct your suppliers to deliver books directly to our secure fulfilment centres in order to reduce lead times and get books to your customers on release day. With a more streamlined supply chain, you can free up time to focus on expanding your business.

Ultra-fast delivery

Through our intuitive MagicShip system and longstanding partnerships with leading carriers, we can ship books quickly and at the most competitive price for you and your customers. We retain a 99.999% order accuracy rate in delivering the right books to the right customer.

Inventory control

Our proprietary Zendportal software makes it simple to view, track and manage your stock, ensuring you avoid under or overstocking books and other literature. Retain maximum control over your inventory no matter how many sales channels you have.

At Zendbox, we offer a premium fulfilment service for books and other reading material

Magazines & newspapers

Graphic novels

Travel guides

Recipe & cookbooks

Colouring books

Catalogues

Annuals

Manuals

School textbooks

Why partner with Zendbox for your book fulfilment?

Your book business relies on customers getting their books on time and in pristine condition, so that they can enjoy that fresh-page feeling. Zendbox makes this happen every time, picking books from the warehouse shelf with 99.999% accuracy, packing them securely to avoid damages during transit, and shipping them on an ultra-fast delivery service.

Storage you can trust

You can send your books to Zendbox knowing that they will be stored safely and securely in our organically certified fulfilment centres. Books remain in pristine condition from the minute they arrive at Zendbox, to the moment your customer unboxes them for maximum satisfaction and a reduced likelihood of returns.

Bookworm-approved packaging

For book lovers, there’s nothing more disappointing than when a book arrives on their doorstep with dents, rips, or water damage. By using robust packaging to pack and ship your books, we can help you avoid this scenario and ensure your customers receive their novels quickly and in peak condition.

The right book at the right time

Happy customers and 5-star reviews are far more likely when customers receive exactly what they ordered, exactly when they want it. That’s why we maintain an industry-leading order accuracy pick and pack rate of 99.999%, which is just one reason why Zendbox is a Top Global Fulfilment Provider, as awarded by Clutch.

Expert order management

Our powerful Inventory Analysis tool on Zendportal enables you to view your sales and provides recommendations on exactly when you need to replenish your inventory. With a complete stock overview, and live tracking as orders come in and books go out, inaccurate forecasting and overselling become a thing of the past.

Simplify your supply chain

We can help you simplify your supply chain by receiving books directly from your supplier and checking them into stock at our secure fulfilment centre(s) within 1 to 3 days. Our rigorous warehouse processes ensure your stock is available to sell without delay or disruption to your day-to-day operations.

Books in bulk

Fulfilment from Zendbox makes sending large book orders easy. Books are packed safely and securely to avoid damage during transit, before they are sent via a trusted courier. Time is money – especially during peak trading periods – which is why we ensure high-volume book orders arrive on time, all year round.

Sustainable bookselling

Of the 5 million tonnes of plastic waste that the UK produces each year, it is estimated that half of this is packaging. We aim to be the solution, not the problem, which is why we use sustainable packaging to fulfil orders for books and other literature. Discover what else we are doing to make bookselling a greener operation.

Subscription box books

Do you sell books as part of a subscription service? Zendbox offers a premium fulfilment service for this too. With custom kitting and assembly options, we can pack your book subscription box exactly as desired to create the ultimate unboxing experience for new or limited-edition releases, and everything in between.

Hassle-free B2B fulfilment

If you sell books to bookshops and other businesses, rest assured that we can take care of the fulfilment process behind this with our B2B solution. This enables you to ship large-volume book orders to book launches, signings, press events, and much more, so you can tap into revenue streams beyond online B2C book sales.

Zendbox is a specialist in book and other literature 3PL services

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Frequently asked questions

What is 3PL book fulfilment?

3PL (third-party logistics) book fulfilment refers to the outsourcing of the picking, packing, and shipping processes for books to an external company. The right book fulfilment service will free up your time whilst saving your business storage and labour costs, so you can focus on other areas of your business such as marketing, product development, and customer service.

How do you package books for delivery?

We have multiple packaging options available that can be tailored to your individual needs. Whether you require 100% recycled and/or recyclable packaging, or branded packaging for a unique unboxing experience, we can customise our solution according to your specific requirements and pack your books exactly as you would do yourself. We even offer fragile packaging, so you can ensure limited- or first-edition books are delivered to your customers with extra care.

Can I sell books on Amazon but send them through a separate 3PL service?

This is exactly what Zendbox is here for. We understand that your chosen shopping platform is the face of your business, but an efficient fulfilment service is what keeps customers coming back. As well as integrating with your Amazon or other sales channels, we can store and fulfil orders quickly, accurately, and cost-efficiently. Your stock levels are automatically adjusted in real-time via our Zendportal inventory management platform as soon as an item sells, so you know exactly how much stock you have available to sell and what products you need to replenish.

How do you fulfil online orders for books?

Once we receive your stock and integrate with your sales channel(s), we will begin fulfilling orders for your books. This involves picking the books on the order from our warehouse shelves – so long as your customer places their order before 7.30pm, we will begin fulfilling the order the same day as part of our industry-leading order cut-off time. The order is then safely and securely packed by our warehouse operatives before it is prepared for shipping via a next-working day courier service. Tracking is provided to you and your customer upon shipment of the order.

What is the cheapest way to ship books?

There’s no one way to ship books. The overall cost will vary according to the volume of the order, the weight of the order, the estimated delivery time, and the delivery destination, among other factors. Our courier relationships are one of the many benefits you experience with Zendbox. We are partnered with global carriers, so that we can pass on premium delivery services at the very best prices to you and your customers.

How long does it take to check books into your fulfilment centres?

Receiving goods in and preparing them for shipping quickly is crucial to avoid missing out on potential sales. We aim to get all book deliveries checked into stock within 1 to 3 days, minimising downtime and maximising your sales potential. This is especially important during peak trading periods like Black Friday or Christmas, or for new book launches when stock is in high demand.