Dropshipping: The Essential Guide for Getting Started

Cody Stallard talks all things dropshipping. From deciding what to sell and finding a legitimate supplier, through to processing orders

This post is by Cody Stallard and was originally published as a ten part series on The Wholesale Forums

If you’re looking into selling online, then you will more than likely have come across the term “dropshipping”. Sadly, this isn’t the practice of dropping a ship into the middle of the ocean, however fun that may sound.

No, dropshipping is a business model for online sellers, where merchants don’t purchase their stock until they receive an order. How is this possible? Well, they list an item and then, when an order is placed, they order it from their supplier, who ships it straight to the customer.

Dropshipping is one of the most attractive strategies for selling online, primarily because you never see or touch your stock. This means that you don’t have to find room for hundreds of units, or spend time handling and shipping orders.

In this post, I’ll be looking at the whole dropshipping process, covering everything from from the pros and cons of starting your own dropshipping business, to how the order process works and how to find legitimate suppliers.

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Is Amazon Controlling My Sales? No Matter What I Do, They Stay Flat

Matthew Ferguson explains how following “the data brick road” and embracing change can prevent your Amazon sales from flatlining

Have a question for us? Send it to questions@webretailer.com. Readers’ Questions are in partnership with Emanaged and Online Seller Consulting.

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Five years ago, we started selling kitchen products on Amazon.de. We started with about 500 SKUs and doubled this to 1,000. We then got rid of 500 SKUs that didn’t sell well, and listed new products. At the moment we are at about 800 SKUs, and always sell between 14,000 and 15,000 units a month.

We also have a top seller that sells 2,000 units every month. We had two months where we weren’t able to stock this product so didn’t sell a single unit, yet we still sold between 14,000 and 15,000 units overall those months.

If we have some weeks above average then the next few weeks are below average. We do not change prices much and we do not change our sponsored ads. This is really frustrating as we have the resources to grow, but no matter what we do, we always have the same amount of sales every month.

Do you know anything about Amazon controlling sales, to keep sellers on a certain level?

— Bernd M., Austria

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WorldFirst’s New World Account Opens to All Sellers in the UK and EEA

Selling internationally? Avoid unnecessary currency conversions, pay suppliers, and transfer currency balances with this new service

Currency conversion company WorldFirst have been testing an innovative new service with their customers since May this year: the World Account.

Now it’s available to all online sellers in the UK and the EEA (European Economic Area). Businesses in the USA and worldwide can register their interest to get a World Account when they launch globally.

For years, sellers have been using WorldFirst’s receiving accounts to bring funds home from international marketplaces. But online selling has evolved, and sellers need more than just an account to collect their payments. They need to pay suppliers, settle VAT liabilities, transfer between currencies, and manage their accounts on the move.

That’s where the World Account comes in. It’s a big leap forward in currency services for online sellers.

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Software Tools for eBay Sellers: The Essential Guide

eBay software and services provide listing management, design tools, marketing, analytics, repricing, feedback solicitation and more

When sellers start out on eBay they can usually manage the day-to-day running of their business manually. But, as sales increase and they take on more product lines, their time gets stretched to breaking point. This is often when sellers look for software to help automate processes and lighten the workload.

Sellers may also reach the limits of what can be achieved without outside help, and need a design service to create a brand identity, or an analytics tool to see how their business is performing and what they can do to improve.

eBay tools can be very different in feel to Amazon tools, partly because some are well over a decade old. This can make their appearance seem a little dated, but don’t let that put you off. Just because some of the tools are a little long in the tooth doesn’t mean they aren’t popular or reliable. In fact, the opposite can be true.

In this post I’ll walk you through the eBay selling category of the Web Retailer directory, explaining what each section covers and giving a few examples of the tools you’ll find there.

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Ecommerce in the Netherlands: A Growing Opportunity?

Jacques van der Wilt gives his advice on Dutch consumer habits and selling in the Netherlands, and profiles the country’s main marketplaces

This post is by Jacques van der Wilt. Jacques is a shopping feeds industry leader and the founder of DataFeedWatch, a leading global feed management and optimization company that helps online merchants optimize their product listings on more than 1000 shopping channels in over 50 countries.

Selling products on international markets is a quick way for merchants to grow profits. The barriers for entering foreign markets have been lowered and the opportunities to expand overseas are better than ever before.

A market that holds great appeal thanks to its infrastructure and product demand is the Netherlands. It is currently ranked 18th in the world for retail ecommerce sales, and is continuing to grow, which is quite impressive for a country of its size.

In 2016, ecommerce sales in the Netherlands totaled €20.16 billion, up 23 percent on 2015 and ahead of market expectations. Increasing consumer confidence is one of the main reasons for the growth in ecommerce sales.

In addition, most analysts expect this increase in consumer confidence to continue, not least because GDP per capita is also rising.

But where do the Dutch shop online, and what are the current ecommerce trends?

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