Dropshipping is Considered to be the Future Model of E-Commerce

“Dropshipping” is a business model where the retailer doesn’t actually keep the inventory in his or her possession nor process the orders. All orders are fulfilled and shipped directly from a wholesaler. This allows the retailer to focus on the marketing side of the business. From our years of experience, an online retailer that adopts this model looks identical to its conventional e-commerce competitors. Since customers only care about the product, the price and the reputation of the store, rather than how the products are sourced and who fulfill the shipments, dropshipping can be a well-kept secret in the e-commerce world. 

If you have a dropshipping fulfillment partner, you don’t have to  worry about sourcing for large quantities of each item. With a turn-key e-commerce storefront like Shopify and a dropshipping app like Oberlo, the whole process is streamlined considerably. The retailer can choose to contact the wholesalers by e-mail to notify them that their products are now being carried at the store. The rest of the process, such as importing product photos, changing prices and order tracking, can be easily done from the User Center dashboard. ChinaDivision has a well-developed User Center where you can handle your orders, sourcing, shipping information etc.

While the dropshipping model provides small startups with limited resources the opportunity to confidently compete with medium and large-sized online retailers, thus making the e-commerce world an equal playground for all. This being said, expect to see more e-commerce stores adopting this model in the future.

 

How Does a Flash Sale Looks Like?

It doesn’t have to be the core of the value proposition, but artificial scarcity and time urgency are incredibly powerful intermittent reinforcement mechanisms to maintain engagement and keep response rates high. (kitting and assembling) Curated Experiences Remember, it’s not just about stuff. As with flash sales, members will show up more often for one-off “exclusive” experiences — all pivoting around selected lifestyle theme(s) — that take them out of their ordinary lives and make them feel special. (kitting and assembling) For example, DailyLook is doing this incredibly well with hashtag #dailylook on Instagram + Twitter.

We see the concept of flash sales and you’ll know why many companies are using it and how it actually works. Let’s say that you’re hungry and you’re going to a restaurant. You’ll look at the menu and will order only the things you know mostly and will have. (kitting and assembling) Then one day, the restaurant is advertising that there is going to be “Chef’s spl food” for the season.

Some xyz will be food prepared and served only between 7-10pm, on a specific date. They’ll tell it’s surprising, delicious, organic etc characteristics.. It will have limited slots and hence, advance booking will be required and it might open in couple of days from the day it is advertised. By seeing the advertisement, you’ll be tempted to know what’s so spl in it and why is it available only in limited quantities and only at a specific time alone. You’ll get the urge that you should definitely know why and want to try out somehow. You’ll try to go but it would have got over or you couldn’t get it reserved. (kitting and assembling) The curiosity and urge will increase. They’ll again do for the next season. This time you’ll be determined to somehow try it out. Then there are chances where you could have missed it again. The cycle will continue and by chance, somehow you manage to get booked and taste it.. When it happens, you’ll be like you got something which others tried and couldn’t get it.. So you’ll be proud and happy about it. You’ll start boasting about it and this acts as word of mouth publicity for them. Its very powerful and nothing can beat it. Now let’s consider the current situation.

E-Commerce business is booming, Traffic is increasing day by day.. Who are these buyers? (kitting and assembling) Tech savvy and educated customers.. When they publish flash sales with good specifications etc, at lower price (Chinese products). That too advanced registration and limited stock, you’ll try to get it.. But wantedly they won’t sell more units. From the registrations, they’ll try to estimate the demand for their products and ship but less than that.

They artificially create a hype that so many products sold in a minute or so and stocks are no longer available. Those who didn’t get will be disappointed and will try to buy from next flash sales. Word of mouth will spread.. Newspapers will advertise. Create a greater hype.. These products are mostly targeted at the youths.. Particularly college students.. (kitting and assembling) They need cheap and good specs.. They create this irresistible feeling and subliminal perception towards their products..

They’ll create an artificial necessity for it.. Thus ppl fall for it and the company gets good publicity while making huge profits. It’s latest marketing gimmicks played by their Marketing department!!! Some are lucky and some are wantedly made to feel missing out something which others get. Nobody likes that feel and people keep trying for it. This is being exploited by the firms through flash sales. Flash sale is a discount (or it could be a promotion too) offered by an e-commerce website for a limited period of time. (kitting and assembling) It also works great for the inventories that are not being sold because of any reason. This is a good way to drive more and more traffic to your website. The e-merchants have to do a lot of things to make it happen including determining the goal of sale, integrating flash sale module, targeting the customer group, time frame etc. Once the everything is set, all you need to be available at the time of sale. Keep the sale is as simple as possible. Flash sale is only purposeful if they leave the customers with a positive impression of your store. Once everything is set, all you need to be available at the time of sale. You can also visit the Addon store to get this flash sale module.

Flash sales basically sell off surplus stock at lower prices than usual, but they only last for a certain amount of time, often only for one day. (kitting and assembling) A lot of brands use them to sell end of season stock, or to generate interest in something new, or anything they want to increase exposure to. Occasionally some brands do this themselves, and advertise on their own websites, but most use specialist websites that only sell deeply discounted items. (kitting and assembling) Some of the biggest are Gilt , Rue La La and HauteLook, although there are quite a few others. Flash sales (also called Deal of the day or one deal a day) is an ecommerce business model in which a website offers a single product for sale for a period of 24 to 36 hours. Potential customers register as members of the deal-a-day websites and receive online offers and invitations by email or social networks.

3 Major Tips to Increase Your Customer Loyalty

Though we are highly dependent on technology for efficiency, there are lots of areas where automated machines cannot answer all of our customers’ queries. (kitting and assembling) Having one to one interactions with our customers makes it easy for both of us to understand each other better. Customers open up more when there is a human voice with an understanding tone on the other end rather than hearing the beep of a machine.(kitting and assembling)

1, Rewards are the shortcut to customer loyalty. Customers love surprises and gifts in all forms. A personalized thank you card, access to a special event or increased loyalty points are some of the ways to show your gratitude towards customers for their business.(kitting and assembling) Surely we could do much more than just marketing campaigns that send discount coupons to lure customers to impulse buying.

2, When we keep our promises, we show our customers that they are not taken for granted. Also, their respect for us grows with every commitment we meet. Customer loyalty automatically increases when customers remember us for our sincerity, instead of thinking of us for our inability to deliver on our promises.

3, While almost every company measures customer satisfaction via some kind of customer feedback, only a few brands are able to build customer loyalty. (kitting and assembling) The problem with satisfied customers is that they are not necessarily loyal! A customer could be very satisfied with your product or service, but would nevertheless move on to another provider for a better price. Brands like Starbucks, Apple and Harley Davidson are testimony to the fact that a differentiated customer experience could go a long way in building customer loyalty.

In the end, If you want loyal customers, amazing customer service is a must. A customer evaluates every interaction he or she has with your staff and makes a judgment call about your service. (kitting and assembling) Loyal customers keep your revenue flowing. In fact, loyal customers spend 67 percent more than occasional customers, which is why focusing on repeat business is a necessity.

 

Business Etiquette Create Win-Win Situation

When sourcing from China, business etiquette is always an issue to be considered.(distribution center)
We need always remember that it is very important to keep motivating our China’s business partner. There are no permanent friends, but permanent interests. Let them know that they will get their profits during your business will help your business a lot. (distribution center)You should make sure that you have got a win-win partnership in every of your cooperation.

Don’t judge a supplier by what you see on the surface. Talk to the people in charge and visit the factory to see the situation firsthand. Most importantly, be sure to carry out an audit of any factory before committing to buying.

The key to the negotiations is not to let your opponent feel desperate, but use the time to lock the reserve price. (distribution center)The approach of “To wait at Plaza” ensure that you get a better deal. Find a good supplier and establish a long-term relationship. Focus on finding suppliers for the more costly and important components first, and consider using a trading company or vendor for those less important or inexpensive parts. Work with your supplier to improve over time, and help them to meet or exceed your expectations.

Good business etiquette is the recipe for advancing your career. (distribution center) In the business world, people with good etiquette are rewarded for their professional and polite skills. For example, an employee who arrives at a meeting on time (or early) and is ready to take notes has a better chance of impressing his supervisor than the employee who shows up to the meeting late, and forgets to bring a pen. (distribution center)Those who exemplify good business etiquette are proving that they respect their position, job, coworkers and take their performance seriously. As such, these individuals win promotions and get ahead in their careers.

Keeping good business etiquette is still the reality for a great number of buyers in China, but always stay vigilant and keep a long-term view. (distribution center)Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself reaping the rewards of sourcing in China!

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.

how to expand

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. (drop-shipping business) 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.(drop-shipping business) 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.(drop-shipping business) 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.