From its invention to the present day, dropshipping has continued to attract interest. After all, it is a way to earn money without having to leave home. So, among the different steps to follow in this online business, there is the sending of orders from customers to the supplier. Focus!
Let's recall the principle of dropshipping
This is a system in which you run an online store without having any items in stock. The dropshipping supplier takes care of delivering the order directly to the customer. However, you must pay a commission on the sale.
You can choose between two systems: either you manage your customers' orders directly and ensure the production quantity at the supplier's. Or the supplier receives the orders and decides on the production quantity. Or the supplier receives the orders and decides on the production quantity. In the first case, you bear the costs if there is overstock. The best solution is therefore the second option, managing an e-shop without stock.
The different steps in dropshipping :
- Your customer places an order via your shop
- Vote boutique sends your customers' orders to your suppliers
- Suppliers prepare and send orders directly to your customers
In this sense, all you have to do is prospect and find consumers.
How do I send my customers' orders to the dropshipping supplier?
It is possible to place a dropshipping order manually. However, this becomes difficult, if not impossible, if you have hundreds or thousands of orders to place. It would be an enormous amount of work. Fortunately, it is possible to automate the process of sending orders to the supplier. All you have to do is rely on software designed for this purpose.
So, you choose a tool and install a plug-in in your online shop. Once the plug-in is launched, the page of your supplier opens. Then the product is added to the shopping cart. The customer's address is filled in automatically, as well as the payment method. A message can be left for the supplier if necessary, all automatically.
Some examples of applications to send the order to the shopify or aliexpress supplier
There are several options for automatic dropshipping software.
The Oberlo application is free up to a limit of 50 orders. Beyond that, you have to subscribe and therefore pay a subscription fee. This tool is distinguished by its simple and intuitive interface. It is among the best on the market.
Dropfield is also an interesting application for placing a dropshipping order. It is a little different in that this application allows the management of several shops simultaneously. It also helps to create boards for a better management of the product layout.
It is a software that allows you to transform your WordPress website into an e-shop in just one click. Indeed, it integrates many automated tools including importing and adding products and sending orders.
These are just examples, but there are other applications that can be used to transform a WordPress dropshipping platform to automatically transmit the order to the supplier.
The different steps to dropshipping
Are you still thinking about creating a dropshipping shop? Now you have an idea about sending orders to suppliers. However, it is worth talking about it from the beginning.
- Choose the sector of activity
The first step is therefore to find the right sector of activity for you. This first step should not be neglected. To be on the safe side, it is advisable to carry out a market study. This will enable you to find a market that is not yet too saturated and that is still flourishing.
An online shop is already a company. To be able to negotiate with suppliers, you must have a Siret. You can, for example, choose a micro-entrepreneur status. This is much easier to manage.
- Find a supplier or suppliers
Now you can start looking for one or more suppliers. To find one, you need to do a bit of research. Of course, there are also sellers on marketplaces like Alibaba, AliExpress, eBay, Amazon, etc.
- Work on the visibility of your shop
One of the biggest jobs in a dropshipping shop is visibility. Indeed, the more visible it is, the more visitors you will have and therefore the more chance to increase your customers. For this, you can call on a specialised agency to work on SEO, to write descriptions and to develop a marketing strategy.
The advantages of dropshipping
Dropshipping has many advantages. Indeed, this e-commerce system is very easy to set up. You don't have to manage stocks, which is a considerable advantage. And if you want to test new markets, it is the ideal choice. What's more, you don't need a lot of capital to get started.
Finally, dropshipping is an online business that anyone can do. Indeed, it is quite simple from the creation of the shop to the sending of the orders and the delivery of the packages. If you need help or advice, don't hesitate to trust Minea.