Drop shipping is becoming a popular option for Canadian and international online sellers. In many countries, wholesale suppliers and distributors have recognized the opportunity and found success after implementing a drop shipping program. Entire businesses have been built around the demand, in fact, from distribution networks to apps.
Drop shipping has become a very popular alternative to stocking inventory in Canada. From the smallest home business to huge retailers, drop shipping has helped businesses start, grow and expand domestically and globally.
As Canadian entrepreneurs embrace third-party product fulfillment, drop shipping and print-on-demand (POD), the call for domestic fulfillment options has grown louder. Similar to the classic drop shipping model, print-on-demand means that wholesale items are made-to-order at the request of an online merchant, and then delivered directly to their customer.
Many Canadians are interested in selling products online, either with their own website or through eBay and Amazon. Drop shipping provides a low-risk option for starting an online business in Canada. Today’s supplier portals (gateways) and apps make it really easy to find and sell millions of products globally. The most difficult part is choosing […]
Drop shipping is a simple enough concept. You make arrangements with a wholesale supplier, manufacturer or distributor to sell their products direct online, as opposed to having an inventory of products in your physical location. You can offer these products on your own website, or via online auctions like eBay, or through a sellers’ market […]
Product Trends are identified by analyzing the latest consumer behaviours, and anticipating future demand with data & instinct. Trends are especially important to drop shippers, because they have a unique ability to test & change products rapidly. Mastering the art of trend spotting and related product selection makes drop shipping more profitable, and addresses competition […]
Canadian online retailers and individual sellers are eagerly pursuing the opportunities that drop shipping brings, only to hit a brick wall when it comes to finding Canadian wholesalers/manufacturers/distributors who offer drop shipping services.
Online sellers, be they individuals or larger companies, sometimes reject drop-shipped order fulfillment because they’re concerned about the management of returns. It’s becoming easier to process returned merchandise, as both the suppliers and sellers work towards simplifying the process. At this point, it’s not much more convoluted than handling returns from direct-to-consumer sales.
When I first started working online way back in the 90’s, getting a fully-featured online store meant hiring a programmer (or a team of programmers) to build one. Additionally, you would need a designer because the programmer would only focus on the store functionality. The overall launch expense was enormous, but it only began with […]
So you’ve decided that drop shipping will be part of your Canadian online store, but how do you make it happen?