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Dropshipping on Amazon: The Secret to Success

Michael Anderson reveals how to build a hands-free dropshipping empire on Amazon through automation and integration

This post is by Michael Anderson the CEO and co-founder of Etail Solutions, a SaaS sales and supply chain management platform.

The dropshipping business model is tough and it can be a difficult one to make profitable. Despite getting wholesale pricing, your product costs are likely to be the same as many other sellers, if not more.

In addition, suppliers will charge a per-order fee ranging from $2 to $10 for storage, shipping and handling. By the time these costs have been factored in, sellers all too often find themselves in uncompetitive positions, very close to being unprofitable.

But, as you’re about to discover, there is a way to make the dropshipping business model work. In fact, a few dropshippers have turned this highly competitive, low-margin model into lucrative seven-figure-per-month businesses that practically run by themselves!

In this article, you’ll find out what it takes from an operations standpoint, to go from a handful of SKUs to a hands-free dropshipping empire. You’ll discover how to leverage integration and automation to drive up sales and purchasing volume at the same time as driving down costs.

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How to Find the Right Private Label Manufacturer

Everything you need to know, from what makes a great private label manufacturer to the best directories – and the worst mistakes.

This post is by Gary Huang, an American based in Shanghai, China. Gary has been working in sourcing since 2008, and is the creator of 80/20 Sourcing which teaches online sellers and small business importers how to save time and make more money when sourcing from suppliers in China.

FACT: there are over 2.8 MILLION factories in China. They range from state of the art and fully-automated manufacturing facilities, to loose groups of stay-at-home women who cut and sew textiles from their own homes. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a pretty good chance there’s a factory in China that can make it.

But if you’re an Amazon private label seller or an ecommerce entrepreneur, how do you know which type of manufacturer is right for you?

In other words, how do you find the right private label manufacturer for your business? One that makes products at the right quality and the right price, provides the service you need, can deliver on time, make the modifications you want, and manufacture them under your brand.

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How to Avoid Dead Stock and Use Data to Find Top Sellers

Here’s three tips to help you avoid overstocking, and find bestselling products that will never tie up valuable capital and warehouse space.

This post is by Dani Avitz, an ecommerce expert & COO of Algopix, a product market research tool for eBay and Amazon sellers.

In the world of ecommerce, not every product that a seller sources will actually sell. Sure, there are those products that seem to have never-ending demand despite the season and asking price. But, the fact is that around 20% of a seller’s inventory will become no-sells, or what is more appropriately known as overstock or dead stock.

Why does overstocking happen? The answer is usually two-fold, consisting of inventory purchases that were not based on sufficient market or product data; and inventory purchases that were driven by the wrong data – with the latter often being the worst of the two.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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What Makes the Best Product to Sell on Amazon?

Jérôme de Guigné has found six key attributes for ensuring success on Amazon. Use them to source a product with bestseller potential.

This post is by Jérôme de Guigné. Jérôme is the founder of Amazon Made Simple and specializes in helping start-ups and traditional mid-sized global companies grow their distribution on and through Amazon.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a secret recipe to ensure success on Amazon?

Businesses often look at the products they already sell, or can buy from their suppliers, and try to figure out how to make them profitable on Amazon. Like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, it will never work if you picked up the wrong item to begin with.

But what if we could reverse engineer the problem? If we can discover the traits shared by products that have been successful in the past, can we create a new product with all the right properties to be a future bestseller?

I believe we can!

There is an optimum size, price and context that has a much greater chance of success on Amazon than the average product from your catalog. I’ve helped many businesses succeed on Amazon over the last five years, and time and time again the products with the right attributes succeed, while others struggle to gain traction.

So what are those attributes that the best products have?

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Get Sourcing This April at Global Sources Exhibitions

From mobile devices to virtual reality, home products, fashion and luggage, you can source almost anything at Global Sources trade shows

If you are a private labeler or a seller looking to develop a brand, it’s very likely that you’ll be sourcing products from factories in Asia. So it makes a lot of sense to attend trade shows there, and meet face-to-face with potential suppliers.

Not only does this cut out lengthy email conversations, where your requirements can be easily misunderstood, it helps you get a feel for the right supplier and start building a relationship with them.

Trade shows also give sellers a chance to get hands on with potential products. In the age of the internet sellers can be all too tempted to source products without ever seeing them. At trade shows, sellers can get their hands on sample products, test them out and make a far more informed decision on which products to source.

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