There are millions of drop-shipping suppliers in the world and thousands of different ways to do drop-shipping. But there is a better and worse way. Let us save you some time and money and break it down in 3 options/choices for you.
1) Bring up your sleeves, pick up the phone and start looking for suppliers yourself! If you do not want to use Aliexpress or existing platforms with ds suppliers collected, the only way to get your products is to start hustling. This is really hard and time-consuming, try and you will see. Most suppliers do not offer ds to a smaller retailer without any volumes because it´s just not worth the effort to “maybe” sell some products or not. Imagine 1000 retailers contacting them about drop-shipping and only a fraction of this maybe 5% gets any continuous sales. It´s just to much work for them so instead, they say no in most cases.
There are many suppliers offering drop-shipping out there but actually, don’t have a good system to handle it. In most cases, you will need to send your orders by email, handle the products manually, ordering likewise, and without any status or control of the process. And how will you know if the supplier is good before you tried? This can work if you only want to work with 1 or a few suppliers or products. But how are you going to handle everything when you find your supplier you want to work with? With multiple suppliers and high volumes of products, you will very soon see that you put more time to handle this than you make in profit. And the supplier will most likely also get fed up if you don´t bring huge volumes very fast. They will not want to handle only 3 orders/week.
2) Start looking for drop-shipping solutions. There are plenty of these in the market. For example in the Shopify app store if you use this. There is a lot of difference of the actors out there so make sure to benchmark and really do your research. Some of them stock the products themselves which limit them to a smaller range of products, most of them only crawl products from Aliexpress and has a tool to make the order handling easier from there. But very few actually have branded or quality products! These last-mentioned suppliers are the hardest to find because they want to protect their brands. But with Droshi you can both bring your own suppliers too and we will help you automize the process, and we also have branded products and the biggest assortment of European drop-shipping suppliers in the world.
3) You need to build your own system. Probably very unlikely for most to do, because a good drop-shipping system is very advanced and you would need millions in investment for this. There are 1000 things you need to think about if you want to do this. Most important: Where will you find your suppliers? How will you get the products in? How will you be updated with stock levels? How will you handle the orders when you get one? How will you follow the order status after it is made? How do you know if the supplier is reliable or not without references? How will you pay the suppliers? Etc etc. You will also notice when you contact 10 different suppliers they probably have 10 different ways to work. Droshi took over 1 year just to build, and over 2 years to find over 100 own quality European suppliers. This is a constant work which will never end.
These are the 3 main steps to narrow down your decisions of how you will start working with your drop-shipping business. If you want to save both time and money, try Droshi for free at free.droshi.com And keep educating yourself. This is key to your success, always keep on learning. Good luck, and happy drop-shipping!
“It ain´t about how hard you hit. It´s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward” – Rocky Balboa