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The Risks of Dropshipping
Posted by Alejandro Vasquez on 02 August 2019 10:00 AM

There are many benefits to adopting dropshipping as the model for your eCommerce business. The benefits include relatively low start-up costs; a major reduction of how much of the supply chain you need to manage; and great scalability as your business booms over time. With that said, not every business would benefit from dropshipping, and not every business owner will find it to their liking — not necessarily due to the fault of the person, but due to the nature of the model and the associated risks.

If you are curious about this method of running an online store, you cannot simply dream about the upsides and ignore everything else. It would be wise and responsible of you to also learn about the potential downsides. By arming yourself with this knowledge, you can decide whether the business model is even right for your business, and if so, you can figure out how to make the most out of it. Here is some information about the risks of dropshipping.

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How to Find Dropshipping Suppliers
Posted by Alejandro Vasquez on 12 July 2019 10:00 AM

Dropshipping can be a highly lucrative and relatively inexpensive way to start and operate an eCommerce business. It is no wonder that online entrepreneurs, especially those who do not have much or any start-up capital, are increasingly turning to this business model. While not every business is cut out for it, the many benefits of this method definitely make it worth at least considering and learning more about.

Having said that, the dropshipping model — as with any other business model — presents its own barriers to entry. Anyone wishing to start their own dropshipping business must get past these hardships if they want to start, let alone succeed. Here is some information on how to accomplish one of the most significant tasks in this process: finding your dropshipping suppliers.

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15 Must-Have Features to Consider When Selecting a Fulfillment Company
Posted by Brandon Rollins on 20 June 2019 10:00 AM

When you’re running an eCommerce store, you want to scale your operations. After a certain point, though, you won't be able to efficiently fill orders on your own. It's simply too much work. The act of filling orders takes you and your employees away from what's most important - growing the business.

For that reason, many business owners outsource order fulfillment to a fulfillment company. Fulfillment companies take care of day-to-day tasks associated with shipping so you don't have to worry about them.

Knowing which fulfillment company is right for your business can be difficult. There are a lot of factors which you must consider. To help you get started, here are 15 must-have features to consider when selecting a fulfillment company.

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How Does Dropshipping Work?
Posted by Jessica Grioua on 17 June 2019 10:00 AM

Dropshipping is a form of eCommerce fulfillment in which an online store doesn’t physically stock the items it sells on its website. Instead, the store’s merchandise goes directly from the wholesaler, supplier, or distributor to the final customer. In this process, the online merchant never comes in contact with the product, relying entirely on their dropshipping partner to fulfill the order.

Because of the way dropshipping works, it requires the distributor and the online merchant to have a strong partnership in order to get everything done smoothly. Several eCommerce platforms now have built-in dropshipping features like dropshipping automation that you can implement on your store to make the whole process easier.

Dropshipping has become an extremely popular form of fulfillment online, with about $85.1 billion in sales being made in 2017 from it. If this retail fulfillment method sounds interesting to you, but you’re still confused as to how it works, keep on reading to find out exactly what goes down in dropshipping.

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Dropshipping: The Least Expensive Way to Start an Online Store
Posted by Alejandro Vasquez on 24 May 2019 10:00 AM

The internet has changed so much about the way we consume products. All kinds of niches for products and services once impossible to find are now as easy to reach as a simple Google search. Thanks to various tools, software, and algorithms, customers can receive a more personalized shopping experience than in the physical world. Similarly, social media and other technologies greatly facilitate communication between business owners and their patrons. These are just a few out of many examples.

This is true for the other side of the process as well: the invention of eCommerce has changed the way people create and operate businesses just as much as the way people buy from them. Perhaps the most prominent is that even the smallest of small businesses, entrepreneurs who cannot afford a brick-and-mortar store, can make significant profits from a purely digital presence. All they need is the right combination of high-end technology, the know-how needed to optimize that tech, savvy marketing, a solid business model, and a little luck.

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In the perfect world of online ordering from the comfort of your home, one of the biggest concerns customers have is when they’ll get their order, and, with most stores, determining that delivery date can be a confusing mess at best. In order to remain competitive, online stores are offering more variety and speed with their shipping methods, but are leaving out one key factor: Estimated Delivery Dates. According to a checkout usability study done by Baymard Institute, users greatly prefer Delivery Date estimates over the standard Shipping Speed guidelines typically offered by online stores. During this study, it was determined that customers struggle with comparing various shipping method speeds due to several factors, like processing time, holidays, and differing delivery days, causing customers to miscalculate their delivery date.

Sure, this all sounds simple and straightforward when you think about it, but, believe it or not, almost HALF of all major eCommerce websites fail to take advantage of Delivery Dates at checkout.

So, what’s the solution here? It may sound easy: Display Delivery Date estimates at checkout instead of the shipping speed, such as “delivery by May 5th.” But, the problem lies in those dates being dynamic. Factors like availability (stock status), holidays, available delivery days, distance from shipping origin, and processing time cutoffs all contribute to the complexity of calculating delivery dates! This is why it’s difficult for customers to determine the dates themselves.

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