When you think about how you can scale up your e-commerce business certain flags go up. Where will you store all that extra product? How will you ship all that extra product? How will cash flow handle more products? Well the good news is there is a solution to all of those issues, and its vendor drop ship software.
What is Vendor Drop Ship Software?
You know what drop shipping is of course, you’re probably a drop ship supplier to Amazon as a lot of companies are becoming in order to expand their sales through this channel. As more and more companies sell via the drop ship method it becomes viable for you as a vendor to leverage these drop ship suppliers yourself using drop ship software. For those suppliers you’re just like Amazon, you take orders, send them the order and they fulfill it. You might not be able to get the same terms as Amazon with a supplier but you certainly should be able to agree that you don’t pay for a product until you’ve sold it, especially as its you procuring the sale, taking payment for shipping and providing the software to manage the order.
So drop ship software manages the process of taking an order from your customers, sending the order request to your supplier, and can also include invoicing as well. Built into the software is often supplier enablement and onboarding training, product data integration, inventory feeds, exception management, vendor score carding to improve visibility and results, and ERP and eCommerce integration.
The Major Advantages of Drop Ship Software
By adopting vendor drop ship software you can expand your product lines exponentially. The onus is on the supplier to add in product data to the system, and this can be integrated with your ecommerce platform so that the products are easily listed on your website. Orders don’t even touch your business, they are sent straight to your supplier who arranges for shipment. You basically take your cut of the transaction without touching the product or even having to deal directly with the customers.
When you do get customer enquiries regarding the delivery there is real time data available within the software so your Customer Service team can let the customer know exactly where the product is and provide them with tracking information.
Another advantage of drop ship software is that you can test and enable new suppliers very quickly, allowing for an increase in products and suppliers in very short periods. If a supplier doesn’t perform well or their products aren’t performing well you have the data to show this to them so they either improve their shipping and product or you drop them as a supplier. You can also look at ways to reward best suppliers, and interact with those who maybe just need a bit of direction on improving their system.
Think of the opportunities drop ship software will bring to your business, its certainly something worth investigating.
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