Shipping plays a vital role in the shopify dropshipping supply chain. When you dropship from Aliexpress or 1688 you could sell the most amazing product to the world, but if you don’t meet customer expectations for fulfillment and shipping, your dropshipping business could be restricted in the long term running. Shopify order fulfillment doesn\’t come into play during the sales process, but it\’s arguably one of the most important aspects of maintaining loyal customers. Because if an order ships late or you don\’t communicate well with the customer, they\’re probably not coming back.
How many steps involved the shopify order fulfillment when you dropshipping from 1688 or Aliexpress?
- Communicating with the customer about the order
- Managing the products in Aliexpress or 1688
- Pack the product
- Shipping it off to the customer
- Sign package and got payment
Although there are 5 steps each of them contains many procedures, how many people you can hire if all done by yourself? The good news is that you don\’t necessarily have to do all of this yourself. In fact, some shopify sellers opt to outsource the entire process to reliable Chinese 3PL fulfillment agent service when they dropship from 1688 Taobao as well as other Chinese online shopping websites.
What\’s Chinese 3PL fulfillment service?
Traditional rrder fulfillment companies offer warehousing and shipping solutions for shopify sellers. They buys their inventory in bulk from a manufacturer or wholesaler on 1688 and Aliexpress. While the shopify seller knows they can sell all the inventory they bought, they don’t have the infrastructure in place to handle the logistics of so much inventory. Rather than limit the amount of inventory they buy and sell, the retailer enlists the help of an order fulfillment company to store, pick, pack, and ship their inventory. A Chinese 3PL fulfillment service can do far more better, it allows shopify sellers to outsource the entire shopify ecommerce fulfillment process, including sourcing, purchasing, quality check, inventory management, picking, packing, and shipping orders from China to overseas countries.
86Deal dropshipping fulfillment services include:
Sourcing. 86Deal could help shopify dropshipper source reliable suppliers who offers exactly the same style goods with better quality and lower price on 1688 Taobao.
Bargain. 86Deal could help dropshipper compare different suppliers and bargain the best price based on the order to meet the seller budget.
Purchasing. Once confirmed the goods quantity, price, color, size, stock, shipping terms and fee, 86Deal with place order on 1688 to get the goods ship to 86Deal warehouse in 3 to 4 days.
Quality Check. Once goods arrived 86Deal warehouse, the staff will check the goods quality and packaging, and pick out the goods with flaws return to 1688 suppliers.
Warehousing. After Quality check, the goods will be listed on the warehouse shelf await for shipping. 86Deal offers 2 months free warehousing service for shopify dropshippers.
Printing order. 86Deal staff will print orders once the goods ready for shipping after the shopify dashboard integrated with our system via shopify app.
Consolidate order. After orders being printed, staff need to pick up different goods on the shelf then consolidate them in one package for shipping.
International Shipping. Once the good packed and stick printing order, it is ready for shipping. Due to the ePacket countries restriction, 86Deal can only dropship from China to 37 countries in the Asia, EU and North America.
Upload tracking. Once China post pick up the packages, 86Deal will upload the tracking number to shopify dashboard, meanwhile, the clients will get an email notification.
Label and packaging customization. For private label sellers, 86Deal also could help them customize label and packaging with their own brands for marketing purpose.
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However, when you dropshipping from China a fulfillment service could make your shopify business more simple and cost effective.
5 Benefits on Chinese 3PL fulfillment service
The shopify seller apply reliable Chinese 3PL fulfillment service at least have the following benefits:
- Greater control over inventory. You purchase and own the inventory. This means you should always know exactly how much inventory you have. You will never sell a product that is out of stock.
- Better Margins. Wholesale on 1688 will typically have better margins than dropshipping from Aliexpress because they are assuming more risk by buying the products in bulk, up-front.
- Faster shipping. The shorter the distance your products have to travel, the quicker they can arrive. In a world where consumers increasingly demand same-day delivery, reducing your shipping times is critical.
- Storage and staffing expenses are flexible, not fixed. By essentially renting storage space and shipping capabilities you can adjust your expenses to meet your sales.
- Upfront storage and staffing expenses are reduced. If you’re business doesn’t have the capital to launch its own warehousing operation, or wants to commit the capital to another opportunity, this an affordable alternative.
The main benefit of applying a Chinese 3rd-party fulfillment service is time and money cost. You free up all sorts of time to spend on things like marketing, sales, web design and more. In addition, these companies can usually integrate with systems like Shopify and Bigcommerce etc. Each time an order comes in the logistics company sees it and gets to work. Therefore, you don\’t have to do anything but focus on your store marketing.
Of course, apply a Chinese 3PL fulfillment service also have costs. There are many costs for the other fulfillment service overseas, for example, Amazon FBA, its cost include onboarding costs，inventory receiving costs，inventory storage costs，order pick and pack costs，packaging costs，kitting costs and shipping cost. As a Chinese fulfillment agent focuses on shopify dropshipping business, 86Deal only charge fixed service fee include sourcing, bargain, purchasing, quality check, warehousing, order printing, order consolidate as well as tracking upload services and ePacket international shipping fee. In addition to Shopify sellers, 86Deal also serves Wish, eBay, Amazon, Lazada, Magento, Woocommerce, Shopee, Shopyy sellers dropshipping from China 1688.