The success of an online dropshipping business is hinged on the selection of a wholesaler or supplier who will meet your clients’ orders. Selecting a reliable dropship supplier will mean your business can meet clients’ orders on time and supply products in excellent shape. Finding the right supplier can often present a challenge, which is why you should use a drop-ship service. These are specialized services that list their own reliable suppliers for varying kinds of products, thus taking the role of poring through the internet from your hands.
Oberlo is one of the most popular add-ons for online dropshipping businesses, having sold over 85 million products since its inception in 2015. Online dropshipping stores built on Shopify use it, but you can use Oberlo’s ‘Buy’ button to integrate it on your website if you are with another website builder. Oberlo is preferred for being highly resourceful; you get to browse for the products you would like to sell online, import them into your Shopify store, then ship them out to your clients. It works in these straightforward steps:
- Browse Oberlo for your products, in this case, furniture, then add them to your store
- As soon as you sell the first item, you place an order for it with the listed supplier
- Upon confirmation, the said supplier will ship out the product to the client on your behalf. The delivery will have your details rather than those of the supplier.
The suppliers on Oberlo are already verified and vetted as the very best, so you can rely on the quality of their services. Oberlo also has a free plan that you can use to get your business off the ground, then a Basic plan for $29.90/month and Pro plan for $79.90/month.
Wholesale2B is your best bet if you intend to hit the ground running as soon as your website is set up. This service has a massive range of products and additional tools and services. They offer over 1.5 million shipping products in over 120 categories from already vetted wholesalers. To ensure that your inventory never runs low, the massive Wholesale2B database is updated every day. Wholesale2B has a free plan that you can start off with and will provide you with all the dropship facilities you need. The features it offers includes:
- Supplier integration
- Order automation
- Inventory management
- Marketplace imports
- Dropship on eBay for $24.99/month, which lets you push products onto your eBay account
- Dropship Amazon which lets you add products into your Amazon seller account for $37.99/month
- Dropship website: the site-building function where you can build your site using Wholesale2B for $24.99/month
To use Wholesale2b, all you need to do is register a free account for free, and then you browse through the list of dropship categories and products. You will then select the product you intend to deal in and activate the payment plan of choice to start selling. If your website is build on Shopify, BigCommerce, Weebly, or WooCommerce, you can also integrate the Wholesale2B app.
Dropship Direct is a platform that lets you find a reliable supplier far more easily. It is essentially a network of suppliers and manufacturers that support dropshipping. It gives over 50,000 retailers distributed in 46 countries access to over 100,000 products. Dropship Direct offers you a full range of dropshipping facilities, including order fulfillment. The service will store, pick, pack, deliver, and track your clients’ orders. Dropship Direct also has WholesaleFiles data, which it taps to give you wholesale product data for the most popular markets.
SaleHoo is another powerful tool for every dropshipper. You can use SaleHoo for product and market research on the Market Research Lab tool and to find reliable suppliers. It is also an online community for dropshippers, e-commerce stores, and has over 2.5 million products for you to browse through. SaleHoo has been the tool of choice for 137,000 other online dropshippers. The 8,000+ local and global suppliers on the SaleHoo network are reliable and offer friendly prices. As soon as you pick out the kind of furniture you plan to deal in, you can choose a supplier through the directory that SaleHoo will offer, then contact them to negotiate business terms.
Inventory Source is a great tool for both suppliers and retailers. Its platform is both a dropship automation software and an integrated supplier network that you can readily integrate into your site regardless of the website builder you work with. With Inventory Source, you can sync inventory with suppliers, upload product details, and route orders with dropship suppliers to their own online selling platforms.
To access Inventory Source, you join the supplier network by filling out a form on their website. The portal will give you access to order management tools and a user-friendly dashboard. Inventory Source gives you access to over 9 million products in 20,000 product brands in a robust database updated daily. For product inventory automation (for you to sync inventory and auto-upload of products), you need to subscribe to a $50/month Standard plan. The highest plan offers you full automation, complete with inventory automation, orders and shipping tracking ($175/month for the standard package, Professional package for $225/month, and Enterprise for $399/month).
National dropshippers is built to offer its members access to a wide variety of products for sale from suppliers offering friendly prices. This drop ship company offers you 1000 products from reliable manufacturers and distributors. They also provide order fulfillment services at a fee added to the wholesale price of the products you ship out. To access this service, you need to register as a member. As a member, you can use product details and images for marketing them on your website. Once your order is placed, products are shipped out to clients without mentioning supplier or dropshipper details. The client is furnished with general product information and tracking information.
If your dropshipping website is built on a website builder, consider integrating any of the above services for a smoother run in the logistics side of running your business.