How to Expand An E-commerce Business in Holiday Seasons

For e-commerce starters who own small drop-shipping business, the upcoming holiday season is a good chance to expand the business. From Halloween to New Year, it’s the most important months of a year. According to 2015 U.S. Census data, almost 20 % of annual sales for some retailers happen during this period. There are a lot of things can be done to push your business to next level in this holiday season.

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Send gift packs.

One of the most important steps of expanding a small drop-shipping business is creating a good brand image. Sending gift packs during holidays can convey the image of thoughtful and bond with consumers, which will emotionally make your business distinctive from competitors. Gift packs can contain promotional items such as holiday gifts, gift cards, thank you cards, free samples, coupons, etc. Although consumers will love the gifts, asking drop-shipping suppliers to put multiple items in a package seems impracticable, most of them don’t have the time or professional packing skill. Not only that, the gifts and products may be from different suppliers, and it will be harder to manage the inventory.

This is the situation when the business owners need kitting service. Kitting service means putting multiple products in one box and send them as a pack. It requires packing skills, effective inventory management and optimized manual operation process. Only dedicated fulfillment centers like ChinaDivision are capable of doing them well, especially in peak season during holidays.

 

Order in bulk, keep some products in stock.

It is known that drop-shipping is money saving because it doesn’t require inventory. But no product in stock may become a big disadvantage during the holiday season. When the long awaited big amount of orders come to you during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, etc, stock products will speed up the order processing and give you a head start. Not only that, ordering products in bulk also increases profits because wholesale prices are more discounted. If you haven’t stock enough products for the Christmas sale, it’s still not too late to do it now. ChinaDivision provides 90 days free warehousing service, long enough for every small business owner to be prepared for all the holiday orders.

 

Improve the after-sale service to delight the consumers.

The holiday season is also a good opportunity for small e-commerce business to stand out of the crowd by providing good after-sale services.

Track all the orders. The holiday season at the end of the year is the traditional rush hour of global logistics, shipping delays and parcel lost happen more often than usual. So it’s essential to provide the tracking numbers on time and keep an eye on the shipping status, it helps the business owner to solve shipping problems in the first place and shows the consumers a professional attitude.

Provide easy and fast return/exchange service. Explain the return/exchange process clearly in the return policy, it will really speed up your after-sale process and make the consumers place order without worries.

Sync the data to update the order status on time. As I said above, it’s essential to update tracking numbers on time. In fact, besides tracking numbers, order processing status and inventory changes also need to be updated in real time. It’s better to sync all the data automatically, or you have to spend a lot of energies&time on dealing with numbers. ChinaDivision has developed order fulfillment software for Shopify, OpenCart, Woocommerce, BigCommerce, Magento, eBay, etc. The easy-to-use apps/extensions are good helpers during holiday seasons, which avoids data mistakes and update delay.

ChinaDivision Fulfillment Service: The Good AliExpress Drop-shipping Alternative

For a lot of e-commerce business owners who source products from China, drop-shipping from AliExpress is the first choice, since it’s such an easy and money saving business model. When it comes to order fulfillment, one of the most common concerns they have is: “Why use ChinaDivision fulfillment service when there is AliExpress drop-shipping?” Well, an e-commerce business owners will need a good drop-shipping alternative, if he/she wants to be successful in the long term. Competing on price alone is one of the worst business strategies an e-commerce retailer can come up with, what’s really matters is your service. If your service isn’t good enough to get people back to buy your product, it doesn’t matter how low the prices are.

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In order to explain why ChinaDivision order fulfillment service is the good AliExpress drop-shipping alternative, let’s compare the advantages of AliExpress and ChinaDivision. You will see it clearly after reading this article.

Why AliExpress drop-shipping?

Cheap. It is known that AliExpress products are very cheap. Take spinner fidget as an example, the cheapest spinner fidget in Amazon is around $2.6, but the price in AliExpress can be as low as $0.6. That’s because the sellers can’t make their products differentiated, so they can only compete on price. As a result, the sellers have to make money by getting a lot of orders or reduce the shipping/manufacture cost.

Easy. Since the AliExpress sellers need to get a lot of orders, it’s essential to make the drop-shipping process easy. With the help of Oberlo and other software, e-commerce sellers can easily sync products to their own online store. No need to spend energies on taking photos, writing descriptions and uploading them. But the simplicity also leads to a problem, just like their suppliers, the e-commerce business owners can’t make their products differentiated, either. Consumers will find a lot of online stores are selling the same products with the same images and descriptions.

Why ChinaDivision fulfillment service?

Hassle free. Because it’s the supplier who takes control of the product quality, product packing and global shipping, one of the most important thing before drop-shipping from AliExpress is finding good suppliers: the supplier who can provide quality products and fast & affordable shipping methods at the same time, the supplier who is honest and responsive, the supplier who can provide professional product packing and return/exchange service… Imagine how long it will take to screen and find such a supplier. ChinaDivison helps e-commerce sellers to deal with all the things after receiving products from the suppliers,so that they don’t need to find a supplier who is capable to do all the things, just the one who provide good products.

Brand upgrading service. As I mentioned above, if an e-commerce seller can not differ products from competitors, he/she will suffer from the brutal price competition. It’s very important to establish a strong brand. Brand identity is the sore spot of a lot of drop-shippers. No one wants their customers to receive products with other people’s logos, but it’s somehow unavoidable when drop-shipping. AliExpress suppliers are too busy getting more orders and shipping packages out, most of them won’t bother to worry about their customers’ brand issues. ChinaDivision is the game changer in this field. Being the dedicated order fulfillment service provider, ChinaDivision provides full brand upgrading services such as custom packing, relabeling, adding promotional items, sending gifts, etc. Consumers will be impressed by the thoughtful promotional items and well-designed packages, so as to further generate a good identity of the brand.

No MOQ. The most important is, ChinaDivision is willing to help small business owners to streamline their order fulfillment and reduce risks, so ChinaDivision order fulfillment service is as starter friendly as AliExpress drop-shipping. We don’t require minimum order quantity. Being a ChinaDivision customer, the e-commerce seller can let the supplier send only 1 product to ChinaDivision warehouse (just like drop-shipping), ChinaDivision provides the best service to every customer, regardless of the business size and order quantity.

Useful Tips for Shopify Store Owners Who Drop-ship from AliExpress

E-commerce seems to be so easy now, with the help of AliExpress drop-shipping and apps like Oberlo, everyone can open a Shopify store within minutes. Since it’s such a low hanging fruit, a lot of people throw themselves into this business. However, some of them get frustrated pretty quickly, and begin to doubt the feasibility of AliExpress drop-shipping. In fact, drop-shipping is still profitable, the only problem is how to do it. Here are some useful tips for Shopify store owners to establish a successful drop-ship business and benefit from holiday sale in the coming logistics peak season.

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Sell products you know well.

Through the questions like “How to find the profitable product to sell” online, we can see that a lot people are confused about product selection. It is known that finding the right products to sell is important, but how? There are a few ways to go. One of them, the starter-friendly way is to sell products you know well, the products you are passionate about, or from long time hobbies. By doing this, you can select your target audience more accurately, because you ARE the target audience. You are clear about what the consumers want, need and cared about. It will be easier to become the expert seller who can provide the practical assistance, which is a big boost to the business. For example, if you are a cooking enthusiast, selling kitchen gadgets will be a good idea. It also throws light on your marketing strategies, make videos or write blogs about cooking, people will be love to buy from the expert.

 

Choose the vendor wisely.

Once you have selected the products, it’s time to search them in AliExpress. A lot of vendors will be found, it’s better to sort the results by “best-selling”. Remember to watch for the seller ratings when browsing the products. Besides the sales and reputation, there are other principles to screen the vendors.

Choose the vendor whose shipping options suit your needs. Global shipping is an important part of AliExpress drop-shipping, which can be time and money consuming. Negotiating with Chinese suppliers can be both important and difficult. In order to know whether the shipping methods they provide suit your needs or not, the Shopify store owners have to be patient enough to check every detail because of the language barrier and cultural difference.

Choose the vendor who handle returns. Returns can be painful, that’s why a lot of clothes/accessories sellers are cautious about using drop-shipping. Product return or exchange relates to the shopping experience, it’s better to let the consumers know that they can buy your products without worries behind. A specific term of return is essential, which means as the Shopify store owner, you have to know the vendor’s return and exchange policies very well.

There is an alternative option. In fact, there is no need to deal with the hassles above by yourself. ChinaDivision is here to help. As the full service order fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision not only provides multiple shipping methods to suits every e-commerce business owner’s needs, but also help to deal with returns and exchanges, which is a good alternative fulfillment option for AliExpress drop-shipping.

 

Have the products inspected.

No matter how careful you chose the vendor, don’t skip the inspection step. The samples the vendors sent you are good doesn’t mean every batch of the products will be good. One of the disadvantages of AliExpress drop-shipping is the e-commerce business owner lose control of the products, including quality control. In this case, it’s better to hire a third-party to inspect the products before shipping them to the end consumers. There are other advantages to doing this, please read more in this article Why Adding An Extra Link Between Drop-ship Suppliers and Consumers

 

Use multiple fulfillment solutions.

There is a saying that don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s better to use multiple fulfillment solutions, especially in the holiday season when every shipping method seems to be timely unreliable. Shopify store plus AliExpress drop-shipping is a starter friendly business model for sure, but there is still room for improvement. For example, use AliExpress drop-shipping plus small inventory model: Sell the products in stock to the consumers who don’t want to wait and provide a relatively expensive shipping option. Or use drop-ship plus ChinaDivision fulfillment model: ChinaDivision provides flexible shipping methods which ensures end-consumers with different needs can be satisfied. ChinaDivision also provides value-added services such as custom packaging, kitting, assembly, etc, to make up for every shortage of AliExpress drop-shipping.

 

5 Fulfillment Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The year’s end is a wonderful time for e-commerce owners: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, New Year…People are full of enthusiasm for shopping in holiday seasons. But it’s stressful as well, the flood of orders is coming, it’s better to make sure that you are well prepared. More than that, holiday season sale is a good opportunity to expand business, a satisfying shopping experience during Black Friday and Cyber Monday will bring the consumer back to your store in the coming year. Here are some fulfillment tips to improve your consumer satisfaction and streamline the order fulfillment process during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

5 Fulfillment Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

 

Provide more options for consumers.

Holiday season is the widely known global shipping rush hour, some consumers will be happy to pay for the faster shipping, while the others don’t mind to wait longer to save money, just give them the options. Providing different options for consumers with different needs can improve the customer satisfaction and ease off the fulfillment pressure. For example, use near-consumer fulfillment and near-source fulfillment at the same time, provide 80% discount or free shipping for the consumers who don’t mind to wait longer. If an e-commerce business owner who sources products from China and sells to domestic consumers, he or she can keep a small amount of inventory at hand before the holiday season sale, and outsource the fulfillment to Chinese order fulfillment company like ChinaDivision. The products sent from the suppliers can arrive ChinaDivision warehouse within 3 days, then ChinaDivision will do the inspection, inventory management, packaging and ship the products directly to the buyers according to the e-commerce business owners’ needs.

 

Presell some of the products.

Another way to reduce the fulfillment pressure is to start your holiday sale early. Don’t make all the target consumers flock to your website and place orders in a short time, presell some of your products. According to the research, 40% of customers begin researching and doing their holiday shopping as early as October. Marking some of your products as Black Friday/Cyber Monday presale a month earlier not only grabs these consumers, but also avoids the logistic peak season.

 

Communicate with the suppliers.

Make sure your suppliers are ready for your holiday sale as well. It’s better to give them a estimated order amount during the whole holiday season, so that they can manufacture/order the products in advance. Like I mentioned in another article 3 Key Points to Consider When Sourcing from China, you have to consider the language barrier and culture difference during the communication. In this condition, it’s a good idea to leave the hassles to ChinaDivision. As a dedicated order fulfillment service provider and a China local company, ChinaDivision is not only good at communicating with Chinese suppliers, but also more professional in the inventory management, value-added services and global shipping area.

 

Make the shipping solution flexible.

Being flexible is very important during holiday season. Since global shipping refers to long distance transport and a number of links, the probability of problem occurrence is relatively higher. When a shipping route has problems (shipping delay, high loss&damage rate, etc), it’s essential to change to another one quickly. Being the long-term partner of multiple world-leading express carriers and an order fulfillment company with years of global shipping experiences, ChinaDivision provides flexible shipping solutions for e-commerce business owners, which helps them to success in holiday season.

 

Automate the fulfillment.

Automated fulfillment not only saves time but also avoids errors in the manual data transmission. ChinaDivision has developed fulfillment software for e-commerce business owners who use Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, eBay, OpenCart and Magento. By installing the fulfillment software, e-commerce business owners can one-click sync orders, inventory and tracking numbers between their website and ChinaDivision order fulfillment system, which saves the valuable time in the holiday sale.

3 Key Points to Consider When Sourcing from China

China is an ideal place to have products manufactured if an e-commerce business owner wants to get a high profit margin by sourcing products globally. Compare with US based manufacturers, the Chinese ones are difficult to beat in terms of price and quality. In addition, relaying on the developed manufacture industry, the fulfillment centers in China are more full-functional and affordable. The one-stop fulfillment service they provide can help the e-commerce business owners who source from Alibaba, Aliexpress, taobao or other China based suppliers to push their business to the next level with less hassles. Despite these facts, there are these things to consider if you decide to source from China, otherwise you may find yourself suffering from unexpected financial losses.

 

3 Key Points to Consider When Sourcing from China

 

Language barrier & cultural difference

Don’t underestimate these two problems, they may become the deal-breaker. A lot of Chinese suppliers aren’t willing to (or can’t afford to) hire sales staff who are good at English, since they have tons of domestic buyers at hand. In this case, it will be harder for the supplier to understand exactly what you need. More than that, to be honest, Chinese people value personal relationships more than the spirit of contract. As a result, there are two options lying in front of e-commerce business owners who source from China, try to use simple words/phrases and confirm every small thing repeatedly, or cooperate with a local agent.

As an one-stop order fulfillment service provider, ChinaDivision helps customers to communicate with the suppliers and ensures that neither the language barrier nor the cultural difference can influence the business. With the help of the sales manager who can speak English and Chinese very well, ChinaDivision customers can enjoy the order fulfillment service as seamless as an in-house fulfillment team.

 

Idea / Design protection

It is sad to say that China is famous for counterfeits and knock-offs as well as its developed manufacture industry, so it’s essential to protect your idea/design from being copied when dealing with Chinese suppliers. Don’t show your whole idea to random Chinese manufacturer you found online, don’t let one supplier manufacture, pack and ship all of your products either. It’s dangerous to let your supplier know how to make and how to sell your products, they can make their own and sell on AliExpress without hesitation. Manufacture parts and assemble in fulfillment center is a good idea. Have the packages and products manufactured in different places and let ChinaDivision do the kitting and packing for you.

ChinaDivision not only provides kitting and assembly service, but also owns the developed warehouse management system(WMS) which is very suitable for integrating multiple suppliers. E-commerce business owners can easily manage the inventory from multiple suppliers with the organized user panel, enjoy affordable near-source fulfillment service and prevent the ideas and designs from being copied.

 

Fraud and scam prevention

Screening suppliers is a headache, being an e-commerce business owner who lives on the other side of the earth, you always have to beware of frauds and scams.

But how?

Send samples. Once you get some winners after the lengthy screening, ask them to send you samples. By comparing several samples, you can choose the most suitable one. Sending samples not only helps to screen suppliers, but also an important way to test the package. Testing whether the product fits perfectly in the package and weighing them helps the business owner to estimate the actual product appearance and shipping costs.

Have every batch of products inspected. Getting a satisfactory sample doesn’t mean all of the products will be equally good. A lot of e-commerce business owners get scammed because the samples are good, after ordering a lot of products from the supplier and waiting a long time, they end up getting a great pile of poorly made products at the door step. So it’s important to have every batch of products inspected. ChinaDivision helps customers to inspect the products and take photos, the e-commerce business owners can see what the products look like before the money/time consuming global shipping. This really minimizes the risk of getting scammed.

A Side-by-side Comparison of Fulfillment Service Providers: ChinaDivision , Shipwire and Floship

It’s a good idea for small e-commerce business owners to outsource the order fulfillment. ChinaDivision, Shipwire and Floship are all well-known order fulfillment service providers, their one-stop fulfillment solutions can cover almost every need of e-commerce business owners in the fulfillment aspect. But there are still a lot of differences among these three, other than pricing, each of them has their own service priorities. Let’s focus on some of the primary aspects in order fulfillment, after viewing the comparison, you can make a better decision about outsourcing the fulfillment.

 

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Warehouse location.

Some big companies such as Amazon choose to establish a lot of warehouses all around the world, Shipware takes the same route and owns multiple fulfillment centers in the world. But the high costs of running those fulfillment centers leads to a higher pricing and more complex pre-stock shipping. Therefore, other fulfillment service providers such as ChinaDivision and Floship choose another strategy, locating their warehouses in global transportation hubs.

 

Floship puts their fulfillment center in Hong Kong, which is the world’s largest air-freight hub. As everyone knows, Hong Kong is a tax free air-freight hub, keeping inventory in Hong Kong is a good choice for global shipping. But Hong Kong has more expensive rent and labor than mainland China, so the warehousing and manual processing fees are relatively higher.

 

ChinaDivision warehouse is in Shenzhen, the nearest mainland Chinese city from Hong Kong. This makes it possible for ChinaDivision customers to enjoy cost-effective warehousing( 90 days free warehousing ) and fast global shipping at the same time. More than that, Shenzhen belongs to Guangdong province, it is a manufacturing-heavy area in south China. The products from manufacturers’ factories can arrive ChinaDivision warehouse within 3 days, and the freight within the same province is very low.

 

Technology strength.

The operation of a modern fulfillment center needs the support of powerful technology, which not only be embodied in advanced warehouse management system(WMS), but also the fulfillment software integrated to multiple e-commerce platform. Let’s make a list of the existing fulfillment software of ChinaDivision, Shipwire and Floship.

 

ChinaDivision: Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento, eBay, OpenCart, BigCommerce and API, all free.

Shipwire: Shopify, Magento, eBay, Demandware, Commercehub, Amazon, hybris.

Floship: Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento.

 

Service quality.

According to trustpilot and Google review, Shipwire only gets 3.2 and 2.1 points out of 10 points. We can see most of the complaints are about their customer services. This shows how important the customer service is. In order to improve the service quality, it’s better to make sure that each customer’s business is handled by only one sales manager. With this method, ChinaDivision can provide high quality fulfillment service, which runs as smooth as the customer’s in-house fulfillment team.

 

Other than that, value-added services are also an important standard to measure service quality. Floship and Shipware both have some shortages in this area. Floship only provides adding marketing inserts, kitting and quality control service, no custom packaging service. Shipwire doesn’t provide labeling service for large shipments. These limitations clearly are not good news for e-commerce start-ups who need one-stop service. As a customer-oriented order fulfillment service provider, ChinaDivision is dedicated to provide high-quality value-added services for customers, the one-stop services include custom packaging, labeling, kitting/assembly and other customizable services. What the customers need is what ChinaDivision is willing to offer.

 

Want to know about other fulfillment service providers? Please read this article Third-party Fulfillment: Fulfillrite vs efulfillmentservice(EFS) vs ChinaDivision

3 Tips to Fulfill Physical Kickstarter Rewards

Physical reward fulfillment means sending physical items such as T-shirts, thank you cards, or physical products, to crowd-funding backers. For the Kickstarter project creators whose project are in the category of board games, technology or designs, sending physical rewards to global backers seems to be unavoidable. The challenges are clear.

3 tips to fulfill kickstarter rewards

 

Board games are normally light and not big, but there are a lot of small parts in the boxes, shaking during the global transport may cause damages. More than that, sometimes the different parts are from different manufacturers, and they need to be assembled.

 

Technical products such as baby monitors or security cameras have higher values, they are easily damaged. High transport damage rates can lead to relatively larger losses.

 

Physical designs such as paintings or sculpture furnishing articles are big or in irregular shapes. The volume of the products will be considered when calculating the global shipping freight, once the volume weight (L*W*H/5000) is heavier than the actual weight, the freight will be charged by the volume weight. In this case, it is essential to reduce the package’s size as well as its weight.

 

Tip 1. Cooperate with professionals.

None of the problems above is an easy thing for Kickstarter project creators. Solving them requires labors, warehouses, years of experiences in global shipping/product packing, and a deep cooperation with the express carriers. In fact, there is no need to spend valuable time, money and energies on these hassles, as a professional order fulfillment company, ChinaDivision crowd-funding fulfillment service is a one-stop solution for Kickstarter creators to fulfill physical rewards.

Here is a case study Case Study: How to Fulfill Kickstarter Rewards and the Subsequent Orders

 

Tip 2. Identify your needs.

Fulfillment needs can be quite different because of the physical rewards’ characteristics and backers’ requirements. Just like I mentioned above, board games have a lot of small parts, tech products are fragile, they need extra protections. Meanwhile, physical designs need experienced packing and cheaper shipping methods. Identifying the needs in the early stage of crowd-funding helps the project creators to calculate the correct fulfillment budget and make an exact timeline. ChinaDivision provides multiple value-added services and shipping options for users, which makes it possible for Kickstarter project creators to have different parts of the reward assembled in the fulfillment center, pack the rewards with own-designed packages and ship the rewards as the backers needs.

 

Tip 3. Collect backers’ addresses early.

Collecting backers’ recipient info is more time consuming than a lot of Kickstarter project creators think, and it’s important. Incorrect or inexact recipient info will lead to package return, which will cause financial losses. Collecting the info early saves time for checking and shipping, as long as the info is correct, ChinaDivision can ensure that every backer will receive the reward soon.

Reward fulfillment is one of the most important parts in a Kickstarter project, when it comes to physical items shipment, it can be tricky. But as long as the project creators follow these tips, their project will be completed successfully with the help of ChinaDivision crowd-funding reward fulfillment service.

Merchant Fulfilled Network Plus ChinaDivision, A Good Amazon Fulfillment Solution

Selling on Amazon is a good way to get a lot of traffic. But before the start, the Amazon seller needs to make a crucial decision: in what way to fulfill orders? Amazon provides two fulfillment options for sellers: Fulfillment by Amazon(FBA) and Merchant Fulfilled Network(MFN). The first of the two is relatively well known, FBA is the first thing people may think of when it comes to Amazon order fulfillment. However, FBA is not the best choice for all Amazon sellers. In this case, some of the Amazon sellers choose to use MFN. Merchant Fulfillment allows the seller to deal with the Amazon fulfillment( including product storage, packing, labeling and shipping) by themselves, or by hiring a third-party company. As a dedicated fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision provides one-stop order fulfillment service, which is a good supplement to Amazon MFN. Choosing the solution of ChinaDivision+MFN, Amazon sellers can enjoy more cost-effective and suitable fulfillment with less hassles.

 

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Merchant Fulfillment Pros & Cons.

Compared with FBA, which helps Amazon sellers to take care of everything, Merchant Fulfillment can be time and energy consuming, especially when the seller uses it independently. When an order is placed for a FBA product, Amazon will automatically start to pick, pack and ship the product to the buyer, but if the seller uses MFN, after receiving orders, he or she has to export the orders, process them (in-house or outsourced) and ship the packages out.

 

MFN is more starter friendly. Just like I mentioned above, FBA requires the seller to buy some of the products and send them to Amazon warehouses in advance, which means using FBA can be expensive and risky for e-commerce starters. Imagine an e-commerce seller has spent quite a significant number on the inventory and the shipping, then he found it hard to sell them out, or his account got banned for some reason, he has to pay more for FBA warehousing. It’s definitely not a good business strategy for e-commerce starters, especially for those who sell electronic products with high values. Merchant Fulfillment is more suitable for this kind of Amazon sellers, with this starter friendly fulfillment option, they can hold a small amount of inventory and spend the rest of money on getting more flexible fulfillment solutions.

 

MFN is more controllable. Because Amazon pays more attention to the shopping experience, FBA is very buyer-oriented. In order to ensure that consumers can receive products as soon as possible, FBA ships products from the nearest warehouse. As long as the product ID is marked to be the same, Amazon won’t differentiate different sellers’ products. It means the FBA users are not able to know where their products are located or whose products their consumers will get, Amazon controls everything, consumers may give you negative feedback for other sellers’ bad products they received, some sellers even get their account closed because of this. Merchant Fulfillment allows the Amazon sellers to take control of their own products, the seller can inspect the products by themselves or entrust a third party order fulfillment company to do the quality control.

 

Merchant Fulfillment + ChinaDivision Order Fulfillment Service.

ChinaDivision order fulfillment service can remedy the limitation of Merchant Fulfillment, with the help of it, Amazon sellers can embrace MFN and its benefits without suffering from all the hassles.

 

One-stop service like FBA. Just like FBA, ChinaDivision provides one-stop service includes products receiving, inspection, labeling, custom packing, inventory management and global shipping. More than that, ChinaDivision fulfillment is automatic as well, with multi-platform fulfillment integration, customers don’t need to manually transfer the orders, tracking numbers, and update the inventory, the fulfillment software can one-click sync all the data.

 

Less upfront capital. ChinaDivision warehouse is in Shenzhen, China. Located in a manufacturing intensive area, ChinaDivision can provide a near-source fulfillment center for customers. Being ChinaDivision customers, Amazon sellers don’t need to risk buying a lot of inventory at once, they can hold a small amount and replenish any time they need. As a result, the upfront money used for inventory purchasing will become very little. Not only that, ChinaDivision requires neither minimum order quantity nor advance payment, which makes MFN+ChinaDivision fulfillment more starter friendly.

 

Low warehousing fee. Compared with FBA, ChinaDivision warehousing fee is lower. ChinaDivision also provides 90 days free warehousing service.

 

Fast global shipping. ChinaDivision provides DHL shipping for customers who need fast global shipping. This shipping method is particular suitable for high-value light products, such as electronic products. As long as the price is not as high as $800, the product can reach to the USA within 2-5 working days, tax free.

Case Study: How to Fulfill Kickstarter Rewards and the Subsequent Orders

For a Kickstarter project creator, it’s a relief to see backers’ comments after they receive the products.  A crowd-funding project will be finished only when every backer has received his/her reward. So the reward fulfillment is the last and important link of the crowd-funding campaign.

 

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Considering this, Mr B, a Kickstarter project creator, turned to ChinaDivision to get a proper reward fulfillment solution last October. A month earlier, he launched a project on Kickstarter to raise funds for his company’s product, the foresight card game IMPACT. And now, nearly a year has passed, he has successfully raised all the funds, finished the reward fulfillment, and began to sell this product to global buyers. ChinaDivision not only helped him and his company fulfilling their commitment to send rewards to global backers, but also fulfilling orders from their website. It’s a good case to study how to fulfill Kickstarter rewards and the subsequent orders.

 

Consider the reward fulfillment solution from the start.

One of the most easily made mistakes when planning a crowd-funding project is not considering shipping and fulfillment costs and time. After the celebration of successful fund-raising, the crowd-funders may find there is very little money and time left for them to ship rewards to backers as promised. Just like a lot of Kickstarter projects, Mr B’s project is a little bit behind their original schedule, because the products always need to be adjusted, developed and well-manufactured. Fortunately, just a month after the Kickstarter project started, Mr B found ChinaDivision and got a very considerable offer from the sales team. His company accounted for the reward fulfillment costs, made a new schedule and completed the Kickstarter reward fulfillment planning.

 

Add the reward fulfillment costs to your budget.

Kickstarter reward fulfillment costs include the warehousing fee, global shipping fee, products packing fee and other. If the project creator decides to fulfill in-house, the labor costs have to be added as well. All these tasks are difficult and expensive to handle for crowd-funders, it’s better to hire a trustworthy company to do it. Because an experienced order fulfillment company, such as ChinaDivision, not only gets VIP prices from express carriers, but also optimizes the fulfillment process to  make the labor and warehousing fees very cheap. In the planning phase, Mr B contacted the sales team of ChinaDivision, received the full-service quote and found it very affordable. He and his company estimated the reward fulfillment costs and add them to the budget. After the project was fully-funded, they started to have the products manufactured, then shipped them to ChinaDivision warehouse, be prepared to be shipped. Everything went smoothly.

 

Make plans about the subsequent order fulfillment as well.

The project IMPACT got 289 backers at last, most of them have received rewards by July. But it’s only a start. ChinaDivision is also responsible for helping to fulfill the subsequent orders after the Kickstarter project is over. IMPACT the Foresight Game is now being sold on the company’s website, buyers can get them within a week after placing orders. The subsequent order fulfillment is not only fast, but also hassle-free. ChinaDivision provides Shopify fulfillment app for Mr B and his company to sync orders, inventory and tracking numbers. After receiving orders, they only need to sync the orders to ChinaDivision system with one-click, ChinaDivision will automatically start to process the orders and ship the products directly to buyers. The inventory will be updated in real time, and the tracking number will be synced back to the website when the products are shipped. Considering the convenience of this process, Mr B decided to let ChinaDivision fulfill the subsequent orders in the crowd-funding stage, he and his company made a completed plan on how to fulfill the Kickstarter reward and subsequent orders.

 

ChinaDivision Kickstarter reward fulfillment service can complete and streamline the fulfillment aspect of a crowd-funding project. “In our experience, ChinaDivision has been an efficient and effective shipping partner. They are communicative and responsive to our inquiries, and always focused on finding appropriate and affordable solutions for our firm. Their browser-based dashboard ensures we always know the status of orders”, Mr B said. Just like Mr B, all the crowd-funding project creators have to face a lot of challenges. With the help of ChinaDivision, the last link of the crowd-funding campaign can be completed successfully.

4 Reasons to Use ChinaDivision Crowd-funding Fulfillment Service

The crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are great places to make ideas real. As long as the idea is brilliant enough, the crowd-funding project will get a lot of backers. But convincing people to provide start-up funds is only the beginning, you have to send products to the global backers as promised. Since the shipping budget is very limited, and the global backers are looking forward to receiving the products soon, fulfilling crowd-funding orders can be very tricky. ChinaDivision knows about these challenges Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects creators are facing, so we provide crowd-funding fulfillment service to help them to develop the most suitable logistics solution and streamline their crowd-funding projects. The advantages are quite clear.

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One-stop services, make you focus on the product development.

ChinaDivision provides full-service order fulfillment services including inventory management, pick&pack, labeling, kitting, assembly and global shipping. In a crowd-funding project, all these operations are essential and energetically expensive, especially for the e-commerce newbies. With the help or ChinaDivision crowd-funding service, customers can pay more attention to the product design, development, manufacture and improvement, and make the mind-blowing ideas into amazing (and very profitable) products.

 

Affordable fulfillment costs, save your logistics budget.

None of the crowd-funding campaign runners can afford to rent a warehouse, pay its running costs and hire labors. If a person has this kind of money, he/she won’t need to raise funds in Kickstarter or Indiegogo in the first place. In this case, low warehousing and shipping fees are important ingredients to consider in the crowd-funding fulfillment service. ChinaDivision warehouse locates in Shenzhen, China, customers can enjoy the near-source fulfillment center and affordable labor at the same time. The 90 days free warehousing service and 0 pre-payment make ChinaDivision crowd-funding fulfillment service one of the best options for e-commerce starters. More than that, with years of experiences in global shipping, ChinaDivision has developed long-term and deep cooperation with world-leading express carriers and international postal services, which makes it possible for customers to get multiple shipping options and discounted shipping fees.

 

Flexible shipping methods, leave you more time to improve your products.

Both Kickstarter and Indiegogo require the project creator to set a clear time line for the project. The time line shows the crowd-funding project creator has carefully thought over the steps they need to take. A specific time line gives the backers confidence and gives them the sense of participation. But the strict time setting also makes product development and deliver time intenser. ChinaDivision provides multiple shipping methods for crowd-funding campaign runners, thanks to the rich global shipping experiences, ChinaDivision can estimate the delivery time more accurately, leaves more time for product improvement.

 

Thoughtful value-added services, delight your global backers.

Well-designed packages and sincere thank you cards can give the crowd-funding backers good impressions, which ensures the project can get more positive feedback. ChinaDivision crowd-funding fulfillment service includes custom packaging and kitting service, these value-added services can help customers to customize product packages and put multiple products (from multiple suppliers) in one box.

 

If you are interested in our crowd-funding fulfillment service, please request a quote here. Our sales team will contact you.