When launching or expanding your eCommerce business, consider drop shipping. It can provide an approach without the need for heavy upfront investment. In fact, even management of inventory is generally unnecessarily.
To get started, simply partner with a drop shipping wholesaler and begin marketing their products from your site. They handle all shipping and other logistics involved in getting the product to your customer.
Below is a list of drop shipping partners to consider for your business. But remember to do your research on drop shipping companies so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
Sunrise Wholesale has partnered with an import company, which has given it access to a 600,000-square foot warehouse and distribution center.
It is known for quick and accurate order processing and the service it provides has been recognized with an A+ award by the Better Business Bureau.
Membership is available for $29.95 per month or $99 annually, a saving of more than $250.
Vista Wholesale started with eBay in 1996 and to this day it provides drop shipping for customer selling on eBay, as well as Amazon.
Although the company is a small family owned business, its program is completely free. That means no fees of any kind from signing up to viewing the company catalog.
Dropship Direct offers its customers in excess of 100,000 products from more than 900 brands. The membership is free, however access to its PushList data feed technology is $9.97 per month, which can be waived with a monthly order of $500.
The PushList technology provides a 100 percent fully customizable data feed so you can place your items on different sites with relative ease.
Inventory Source prides itself on providing very accurate product information and giving its customers tools for finding the right supplier.
The membership has four tiers, starting with a free option. The Download File Package is $25 per month, Full Automation Package is $50 per month, and Hosted Website Bundle is $49.95 per month.
The Salehoo model is different than other drop shipping companies in that it doesn’t offer products directly to its customers. Instead, it gives members access to a directory of more than 8,000 verified suppliers and drop shippers from more than 100 countries around the world.
It has a basic membership of $27 per month, $47 a month for the standard package and a premium package for $97.
The premium package offers an unlimited number of products, image storage and bandwidth as well as 20 email accounts and bonuses.
Doba is a directory for finding drop shipping suppliers. This type of service is a great way to get into the business until you gain some experience.
Doba offers a Starter Package for $19.99 per month and you pay $59.95 per month for the Advanced Package.
Worldwide Brands helps online sellers find wholesale suppliers. Their wholesale directory includes more than 9,000 suppliers and millions of wholesale products, and they also certify suppliers.
According to the company, each supplier is put through a verification process to ensure its legitimacy. Worldwide Brands has a lifetime membership fee of $299 without any monthly or annual dues.
Megagoods is a direct supplier that has simplified the drop shipping model. The company specializes in consumer electronics with more than 45 categories. It has a large selection of brand names along with fast processing and private label shipping.
The company offers a 30-day trial and membership is $14.99 per month.
Wholesale Central has more than 1,971,918 products from 381 suppliers, with major brand names making up a large portion of the items.
Membership starts at $49.95 per month for basic. Each additional tier adds more services, including website integration, cart support, custom file formats and more.
With more than 20 years in business, Dropship Design provides more than one million items along with memberships designed for beginners and seasoned pros.
The memberships start with the Basic Dropship Plan with a one-time fee of $49.99 and goes all the way to $199.99 for all its features. Those features include, access to CSV files, download of Dropship Design’s product descriptions and images of those products to import to your website or marketplace.
Success in drop shipping depends on a firm understanding of the business model and also a knowledge of the drop shippers with whom you are partnering. Take time to research drop shipping companies so that you can find the partnerships that make the most sense for your company.
Image: Sunrise Wholesale Merchandise
Editor’s Note: Thus post has been edited to clarify that Worldwide Brands is not a drop shipper but a membership organization giving merchants access to drop shippers and wholesalers for their businesses.[“source-smallbiztrends”]