The worldwide ecommerce sales apparently reached a whopping $1.915 trillion (with a T), according to eMarketer.
This double-digit growth is only set to continue through to 2020 and the total sales will then top $4 trillion.
Ecommerce has seen massive growth, and there’s no denying that.
You could sell services, software, courses, and informational products. That’s still ecommerce.
If you are like me though, the only reason why you didn’t get to “products” and “ecommerce” yet is because of lack of products.
Not everyone is born with a factory that produces something, right?
There’s a way to get into ecommerce without all the headache that comes with finding or sourcing, stocking, and shipping them. In case you noticed, there’s still effort that goes into “selling product” though.
But wait? How do you even begin to sell your products when you don’t have any? Sell others’ products.
Identify a niche, figure out what to sell and to whom, keep it focused, and then find dropshipping partners.
After you upload product images and state your price, you’d do what all online businesses do: promote your store.
When a sale happens, dropshipping kicks into effect and your dropshipping partner sends out products to your customers on your behalf. Dropshipping partners take care of research & design, production, inventory management, warehousing, and shipping.
You take care of the sale.
Dropshipping, as Matt at DropaShip writes,
“Dropshipping is essentially an arrangement between a “drop shipper” (that’s you) and a manufacturer, merchant, or supplier. You agree to create a storefront for showcasing or selling products, while your manufacturer/merchant/supplier agrees to fulfil orders. It’s that simple.
Manufacturers, wholesalers, merchants, suppliers, and dealers essentially take care of product storage, warehousing, equipment, staff, and everything else that goes into managing inventory. You take care of the sales part of the equation.
You don’t pay a dime until you sell stock.”
Dropshipping is the quickest route to getting into ecommerce. Since you don’t stock and ship products or manage inventory, it’s the modern day equivalent of “catalogue businesss”.
Now, isn’t it a pain to find dropshipping partners? No, it’s not. That’s because Oberlo shows you the way.
You could try everything under the sun if you are crazy enough with time and cash on your hands, but you just can’t beat the value proposition Shopify puts on the table.
With that out of the way, Oberlo allows you to plug products right into your Shopify store and set you up for dropshipping.
Think of Oberlo as your dropshipping partner plus an entire team to help you with product sourcing and management.
You can customize your products by editing product titles, descriptions, and images as you deem fit.
Create pricing rules and price your products the way you want. You can also bundle products (and that makes for a great strategy)
Track your shipments (even if your supplier is shipping them to your customers) with integrated order tracking.
Track every order and sale, in real-time, as it happens.
Want to showcase only those products that can be shipped the fastest? Use filters to find just those.
Help your customers create product wish lists (like Amazon does).
Not happy with your supplier? Easily switch suppliers from within the app.
Oberlo helps you import products to your Shopify store, fulfil orders automatically, and gives you full-control over your product catalogue.
Just don’t ask me. I am not into products. But Dropshipping was never this easy.
Have you used Shopify with Oberlo yet? Tell me about it.