In this post, I will share you some information about choosing a right supplier from AliExpress for your dropshipping business. Finding the right suppliers for startup companies is very critical, as these companies are new and they have limited experience and expertise.
Also, procurement of right goods and services from the right suppliers for the right customers are the driving factors that can make or break the dropship business.
You can start your own dropship business or implement the same in your existing Magento store using AliExpress Dropship extension. With the help of this extension, you can import products from AliExpress.com and list them on your store.
You can multiple warehouses with separate logins, create data profiles, price rules, shipping rules, and map categories. Please watch the following video tutorial:
Magento 2 Dropship Manager
You can also import products from AliExpress to Opencart store using Opencart Dropship extension.
Starting a drop shipping business is becoming popular in e-commerce space, there are many reasons for choosing this business model.
Firstly, the seller doesn’t need to keep the products stocked in its physical store or rent warehouse or manage shipments. The seller just focuses on the sales and marketing of the online store.
So when a customer places the order on your website, the product is directly shipped to the customer via the third-party supplier. The seller collects the order details from the customer and sends the same to the nearest supplier.
Secondly, the dropshipping business model saves cost and effort in managing the logistics and supply-chain management requirements. The seller picks the supplier who offers the best prices and then lists the product with some markup price on the website.
But the problem arises when we want to find the reliable suppliers for the dropshipping products. Choosing a right supplier plays an important role in the success of your dropship business.
There are many factors such as – no control over the order fulfillment, what if the supplier ships the wrong product, dealing with customer complaints, maintaining real-time the stock information, low-margins, commissions, fake suppliers, etc.
While selecting the products for drop shipping, you should first check out the feedback section of the product. Positive feedback builds the trust and gives assurance to the new customers.
But one or more problem may arise in case of the international dropship business, what if the supplier’s products are hugely popular in the domestic country like China, but on the other hand, the same product received poor or no ratings from other countries.
What if, the supplier provides timely deliveries to one country and lacks commitment for some countries. So, while choosing the supplier, one must take this point into consideration.
You should always do some research and read some feedbacks posted by the customers country wise.
So, if you’re doing a dropship business and serving customers across Middle-East region, you must check how the suppliers are performing in Middle-East countries. Are there any feedbacks from UAE, Saudi-Arabia, Qatar, Oman or the reviews are coming from one or two countries only.
The amazing thing about AliExpress website is that when a customer submits a feedback, the flag of the country is also visible.
As there are a number of suppliers available in the market choosing the right one becomes a question. Some suppliers may be in business for a very long time, while others may have joined recently.
Generally, the age of established can be one of the factors for choosing the supplier.
A supplier who is expert and known for one category of products may not know about other categories. So basically it depends on the category of products that you will be selling and dropshipping.
It is a deal between USPS, China Post, Hongkong Post, and Korean Postal service. ePacket delivery service is a joint effort for supporting the e-commerce business between East Asia and the United States.
ePacket delivery service offers a very economical freight rates to the vendors who want to sell the goods to US customers.
So while selecting the suppliers for the dropshipping, make sure that your supplier provides ePacket Shipping Method.
In dropshipping, the suppliers play the major factor in the success or failure of the business. A supplier who is responsive in clearing your doubts, who can be trusted, know how things are done, can be beneficial to you.
But what if the supplier is not concerned with your customers and their complaints. Maybe the supplier is more active and biased towards its own customers rather than listening to your customers’ worries.
Therefore, you must pick the supplier who is actively engaging and provide quick responses to your queries. The best way to examine this is to be the customer yourself, buy the stuff for your own use, and then decide whether you can go ahead or not.
Also, the supplier must withhold their information from your customers. What if your customers contact them directly and order products at lower prices than yours.
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