How to find good dropshipping suppliers
Finding good dropshipping suppliers isn't really that difficult, it just takes a bit of work. However, there are some different strategies and approaches that may be useful to consider. The important thing is to find a strategy that suits you, which will hopefully be easier with the help of the tips and advice below.
For more advice on dropshipping, see our guide: Starting a dropshipping business..
Find dropshipping wholesalers
Perhaps the most effective way to find wholesalers is to contact the manufacturer directly. Many manufacturers and wholesalers have showrooms where you can go and look at selected products. If you do not have your own premises, you can contact the nearest distributor (retailer) to find out whether the products are of interest.
When you visit a wholesaler, take the opportunity to ask for more products, either in the same genre or something completely different. This way you can get an idea of what's available without having to go to different wholesalers.
The important supply chain
Manufactures/sells products on demand, i.e. direct to store
Imports and distributes products from and within one or more countries
Receives and resells to dealers (often regional)
The individuals who supply goods to local shops often have access to specific distribution channels
Find dropshipping suppliers
Since the very idea of dropshipping is to sell goods online without managing your own warehouse or deliveries, it is important to find reliable and well-organised dropshipping suppliers.
It is also important to use a supplier who is actually able to ship the goods you are selling. This means competing on price as well as on delivery times and means of transport. Being able to offer environmentally friendly transport is today almost a hygiene factor.
Don't forget to check the prices and procedures for packaging, which must be done according to the rules of art.
Once you've found a certified dropshipper, it's good to know that they rarely charge either start-up or monthly fees. So if you stumble across a company that charges a range of fees, you should be a little careful.
The best way is to understand how the dropshipping business works, from purchasing to distribution and delivery. You will soon learn that small volumes generate higher prices, and that some suppliers have a minimum number of products per order. Plus, you'll soon realise that the more automated integrations you have, such as PostNord's booking AI with its own order link, the more costs can be kept down.
Here's something to think about
- Establish a personal but professional contact with your dropshipping wholesaler(s)
- Be specific about the brand design you want to use
- Read reviews and ratings of your wholesalers and suppliers
- Ask for references from other dropshippers and partners
- Communicate your expectations in terms of delivery times, complaints, regretted purchases and so on
- Try to get samples to test the product before buying a large batch
- Be careful how you write contracts, especially with regard to possible language barriers and cultural differences
- Build an online store with automatic order and freight purchase integration
Want to know more about dropshipping and logistics? On the Logistics topic page you will find more information and useful articles.