The steps to finding a reliable supplier for your Shopify store
There are so many factors that you need to consider when looking for dropshipping suppliers.
We can say that you already know which products you want to sell and have great potential for your business. Still, make sure that the drop shipping suppliers are reliable.
Dropshipping suppliers are not known to promote themselves to their customers so it can be quite hard to find the right dropship suppliers for your drop shipping business. Another thing to consider is that most dropship suppliers are based in China, India and other non-English language native countries so the language barrier can be a challenge and could take a little getting used to.
Here the suggested step to finding a reliable supplier for your business:
Research what suppliers are in the market there and which ones suit your business needs. You can choose whether to go with a domestic or overseas supplier depending on the number of suppliers in your selected product segment.
Talk to the supplier that fits your requirements and start a business partnership with them. Communicating with them allows you to ask questions about their service.
Order Sample From Suppliers
Once you have picked your top two or three suppliers to do business with, order samples from them, test their delivery times, quality of service, packaging, and other, other queries you may have.
Test Your Competiton
If one of your competitors are ordering from the same supplier, try to order an item from your competitor to find out how the supplier packages their products and offers their services to your competition. If your competitor uses other suppliers, order from them to get an idea of the level to service you need to provide to be as good or to be better than your competition.
Choose the Right Supplier
Suppliers can seem excellent when you check their customer reviews and product, but once you know the business, they may not suit your target niche. It may be the raw materials, the way they do business, or how they deal with returns. Be sure to communicate with the suppliers and get to know how they do business before you commit to them.
Suppliers to Avoid
It is hard to know which dropship suppliers are right for your business, but there are some signs to check to avoid the wrong supplier. Check for bad reviews, negative feedback, and cheap quantity products, If a supplier insists on monthly or ongoing fees, it’s not a good sign. Any ongoing fees mean a supplier is part of a directory as opposed to a single supplier.
Research on Winning Products
Once you have picked your suppliers, you can research on the winning products that will be a hit for your target niche.
I hope this information helps your search. Good luck!