How do you automatically get a supplier to drop to a customer?
It is the whole basis of dropshipping, but I just don’t understand HOW it happens. It’s all good setting up a store, but basically you wait until somebody places an order from you? And then you purchase it from the supplier entering their details? Meaning the profit remains with yourself, would this be correct? Or do you connect your store with the suppliers after you have purchased?
Many Thanks for your time
There are suppliers that design their entire wholesale business as a dropship model. Doba, Oberlo, and Ali Express are three examples of this — as are print-on-demand dropship partners like Printful and Custom Cat who custom-print and ship goods to your customers when ordered.
These dropship vendors provide sellers with apps that integrate to Shopify, WooCommerce, Volusion, and other ecommerce platforms to completely automate the process. When an order is placed, the order is sent to your vendor for fulfillment and the vendor feeds shipping information back to your ecommerce platform, along with stock statuses so you don’t end up with backorders for out-of-stock items.
Plenty of other wholesale suppliers will drop ship, too, but you have to do some research to see who will do this and at what level — standard consumer orders or just larger or special orders. Cultivating these vendor relationships takes work and time, and automating the order process generally takes an automated purchase order or API connection. But it can be done. The simplest way to get started in dropshipping is with the dedicated drop shippers like Doba or Oberlo and growing from there. I hope this helps, good luck!