AliExpress Drop-shipping Tips: Dos and Don’ts

A lot of e-commerce sellers choose to drop-ship from AliExpress this holiday season, because it’s easy and money saving, but not all of them know the challenges they are facing. As mentioned in the article Five Problems e-Commerce Sellers May Encounter When Drop-shipping from Chinese Suppliers, e-commerce business owners may find themselves suffering from some unanticipated problems if they didn’t do it right.

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No branding. Holiday sale is a good time to establish online brands by adding leaflets, custom packing, sending gifts, etc. But all of them will be very difficult if it’s the supplier who does the packing and shipping.

 

Shipping delay. This is the headache for a lot of drop-shippers, since the shipping methods the suppliers provided are very limited, and holiday seasons are the traditional global logistics busy time, shipping delays are very common.

 

No quality control. Sometimes the samples are good, but the buyers still receive bad products. It’s better to have every batch of products inspected one by one.

 

Packing error. The drop-ship suppliers have to deal a lot of orders everyday, they don’t have enough time and energy to pay attentions to the packing.

 

Wrong inventory. The inventory info won’t be entirely accurate because there are other sellers are selling the supplier’s products. This will cause sale opportunity loses and high order close rate in holiday seasons.

 

How to avoid these problems? There are some Dos and Don’ts when drop-shipping from AliExpress.

 

Attach importance to communication with suppliers, don’t take the language barrier lightly.

Many foreigners who run China related e-commerce business have found the power of cultural and language differences soon after they start. The language and culture barriers cause misunderstandings and information omissions. The e-commerce sellers have to tell the supplier their EXACT needs, show the suppliers how much they CARE the business. AliExpress drop-shipping suppliers process a lot of orders everyday, they will handle the orders poorly if the business owner acts like he/she don’t care enough. It’s essential to confirm every detail repeatedly. Sounds a lot of work? Yes, especially for the e-commerce starters who can’t afford to be distracted from holiday promotion. ChinaDivision helps customers to communicate with Chinese suppliers, the sales managers who are proficient in English can help their clients talk to the supplier in Chinese and communicate the clients’ needs to them. This will be a game-changer during the busy holiday season.

 

Cooperate with a third-party, don’t let the supplier do all the work.

It’s sad to say that AliExpress is famous for counterfeits as well as its low prices, if it’s the supplier who does all the things, they will know that the whole process, including products selection, packaging, marketing,etc, is commercially viable, they will copy it without hesitation. Cooperating with a third-party like ChinaDivision can protect your design or idea from being copied. More than that, you will need quality control in the busy holiday season. Maybe samples are good, but it doesn’t mean all the products are good. Other than quality control, repacking is essential as well. ChinaDivision brand upgrading services including repacking, custom packing and kitting/assembly will solve the no branding problem when drop-shipping, it helps e-commerce business owners establishing a brand and expanding the margin during holiday sale.

 

Make the shipping flexible, don’t choose the shipping method without tracking.

Having a plan B is important in holiday seasons, once a shipping method starts to delay or lose parcels, change to another one. Since 2011, ChinaDivision has been partnering with world-leading express carriers like UPS, DHL,EMS,etc, and international postal services like Netherlands Post, China Post, USPS, Swiss Post, Royal Mail, Belgium Post, etc. Customers can get very economical and flexible shipping solutions based on their needs. When it comes to holiday sale order fulfillment, other than price and speed, order tracking is an important indicator when choosing shipping methods. Some of the shipping methods such as China Post don’t provide tracking. Try not to use them despite the low price. Although the shipping time is several days longer during holiday seasons, the consumers will feel very different with their packages tracking in real time, 10–15 days will feel like a much longer time if the buyer can’t get to know where the package is. Needless to say the parcel loss rate is higher in no tracking shipping methods.

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.

Five Problems e-Commerce Sellers May Encounter When Drop-shipping from Chinese Suppliers

Sourcing products from Alibaba and selling them on eBay, Amazon or other shopping websites is a proven e-commerce business model which brings considerable profits. Being e-commerce starters, a lot of online store owners choose to drop-ship from China directly. It sounds a convenient and money saving way to start an e-commerce business, but the business owner may find themselves suffering from different kinds of unanticipated problems.

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Unhappy consumers. Some consumers don’t like the ship from China products, or products with Chinese letters written on the packages/shipping labels. They presume that the products made in China or ship from China must be in poor quality, which is a sad thing to say for a Chinese. On the other hand, even for the consumers who have no bias against Chinese products, the fact that an online store uses drop-shipping may generate a low level impression and make the consumers place less trust in the store.

An e-commerce brand has to show its capabilities and expertness to the customers, no matter it’s been established for a long time or not. With limited time and labor, the e-commerce owners can outsource this part of job to ChinaDivision, if he/she decides to not let the customers know that their products are made in China, ship from China or drop-shipped. ChinaDivision can provide the professional packing and special shipping methods that will not show any sign of shipping from China.

 

Unprofessional packing. Drop-shipping the products with complicated SKU(such as clothes and accessories) can be tricky, since the suppliers in China are in responsible for picking, packing and shipping to the consumers, once they made mistakes or being unprofessional, the consumer will receive the wrong products. Some online sellers who drop-ship even give up selling these products just to prevent the possible unprofessional packing and high mistake rate.

The drop-ship suppliers in China have to deal a lot of orders every day, but their main task is still to sell their products, drop-shipping is just their supporting service. The e-commerce business owner who has concerns about the drop-ship suppliers’ expertise in packing and shipping can try to seek help from ChinaDivision, as a dedicated order fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision can do the same job more professional.

 

No branding. Brand building is a long process, it needs persistent and detail oriented work. The online sellers may find it tricky when sourcing products from drop-ship suppliers in China. The consumers may receive products with no logo, or worse, other brand’s logo. Ask the supplier to put the products in customized packages may be easy, but there are more an e-commerce business owner can do. You can see the branding tips by reading this article Branding Tips for Sourcing from Alibaba

 

Poor products quality. Since the store owners don’t have the chance to inspect the products before shipping, the consumers may receive very cheap-looking products. Although the online store owners always order small quantity of samples before listing the products in the store, the products of different batches may have different quality or texture. It is difficult to do the quality control strictly if the seller can’t inspect the products.

If an online store owner has trouble to find a drop-ship supplier he/she can trust enough, he/she can outsource the product inspection to a third-party. ChinaDivision will receive, count and check with the orders before putting the products on shelves, and inspect the products again before shipping them out.

 

Long shipping time. Long shipping time is the problem that the online store owners complain the most, some of them even say that drop-shipping means “takes 30 days to deliver or costs £30 for quick delivery”. This situation has been improved since a lot of drop-ship suppliers on Alibaba start to support ePacket shipping. But what if your supplier only supports the slow shipping methods or you want an even faster one?

ChinaDivision can provide more flexible shipping methods than the drop-ship suppliers, let the supplier send the products to ChinaDivision warehouse in Shenzhen, China, and ChinaDivision will recommend the most suitable shipping method according to the online store owners’ needs.