1. Think local
Thinking local is my first recommendation, purely because it’s the most manageable solution, and in most cases it makes keeping in touch with the supplier easier.
Specialized drop shopping companies found on the web are great for what they are – and we’ll talk about them in just a minute – but they might not necessarily be the top choice for your specific niche or market.
Sometimes, or rather oftentimes, you might find local vendors willing to drop-ship to your customers if you just have a conversation with them and offer them a good deal.
For example, there’s this home-based bakery in my local area that, over the years, has transitioned to the role of a drop shipping supplier. Basically, they started by baking awesome cakes and wholesaling them to local cafes, where they were sold by piece (standard model).
But then, those cafes noticed that the customers loved those cakes so much that they started asking how they can get them whole. So the cafes started collecting orders from the customers, and sending them over to the bakery.
In that model, the cafes get the order, get the payment from the customer, then buy the cake from the bakery, and then the bakery delivers that cake to the customer’s doorstep. Classic drop shipping.
This is just one example, and it might not be applicable to your specific situation, but I hope you can see that the possibilities are really endless with local businesses.
The easiest way to begin would be to think how you can arrange a deal with a local supplier, which would eventually let them sell their products to a larger audience through your online store.
List of drop shipping suppliers we know of
How do they work: they can collect your stock from the suppliers and have it delivered directly to your clients. they can put your details as the sender on all waybills so your clients can see the parcel was sent by your company.
How do they work: Drop your stock off at one of parcelninja smart warehouse locations. Your customer’s order is sent to our warehouse system automatically. The order is picked and packed in your branded packaging. The order is dispatched, track from warehouse to customer. You will get Real-time reporting for inventory as it moves through the fulfilment cycle
How do they work: You would send your order, packing slip and/or sales invoice, we would pack the items from this and include it in the package, without any Men’s Republic materials. Then ship as per request (either Courier or Post Office). Status updates and tracking information will be sent to your company once the order is dispatched.
2. Try online suppliers
Another place to look at, once you exhaust all the local possibilities, are various online suppliers.
The good news here is that there are really more of those than you can shake a stick at. The leaders such as Oberlo, Doba, Worldwide Brands, or Salehoo have built their brands in the drop shipping industry, and can be a good solution for you .