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Dropshipping with Oberlo in Hong Kong
Whether you’re a product hunter buying the latest Japanese gadgets or a Hong Kong import/export company, dropshipping will help you check new markets for e-commerce and learn about your customers without the risk of upfront investments. To many Hong Kong companies with access manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta, dropshipping as a concept is familiar. Still, the process was historically time consuming and risky when suppliers required minimum order amounts.
Ecommerce technology will now allow entrepreneurs to source a wide variety of goods and suppliers to develop their online retail strategy without having minimum orders or finding storage. Recently, at our Shopify Meet up Hong Kong Spring session, Melanie from Oberlo explained how merchants can now find items in minutes for their online shop, and use technology to scale their dropshipping operations.
Get Started on Ecommerce Dropship
Dropshippers only pay suppliers when they receive an order, and there is no minimum purchase amount, unlike traditional wholesale arrangements with a minimum order. However, consumers can still have these products in their own branded online shop, so you will only have to pay the manufacturer after the customer has placed an order. This helps entrepreneurs to test new product lines and specific market niches to see what appetite global customers have.
Entrepreneurs in Asian markets, including Hong Kong, can exploit factories and wholesalers in Mainland China to create entire collections of products while saving on high warehousing fees. Many suppliers can have Hong Kong offices, which will also promote contact.
Add Marketplace Products such as AliExpress.
Dropshipping from Hong Kong historically allowed manufacturers to negotiate contracts in private. For instance, a merchant may find products on Taobao and place an order on Taobao on a customer’s behalf and have the item delivered to the end-user. This manual approach, however, makes it costly and dangerous to add pieces to your retail range.
Melanie clarified how the Oberlo app lets merchants connect Chinese marketplaces items like AliExpress to their new online store by pressing a button. Shopify powered online stores can integrate directly with Oberlo, adding products with an Oberlo button to the store catalog. Merchants can then modify the listing of items to suit the brand of their store. The App also helps you to fulfill the order by notifying your supplier when your customer makes a purchase.
Focus on the One-Click Order Shipping marketing
By helping the seller’s process orders, Oberlo helps new online stores by outsourcing key areas such as order fulfillment to simplify their ecommerce operations. Once your customer has made a purchase, you can click “Order Product” in your store administrator to place an order with the supplier via Oberlo, who will then deliver the item to your customer. Merchants using Oberlo Verified suppliers can ensure a better customer shopping experience with items, which have over 1000 timely fulfilments.
Using a dropshipping app helps merchants streamline repetitive and time-consuming tasks, such as communicating with suppliers via a clear order interface rather than an e-mail chain. With Oberlo assisting in core business activities, merchants will concentrate on the business’ vital customer-facing aspects: marketing and customer support to create a positive brand experience.
Keep Brand Control of Your Store
Merchants would, of course, probably want to upgrade their store products or even suppliers. Oberlo has sophisticated features for emerging businesses that allow merchants to update suppliers for a specific item, as well as change item details. As you continue to refine your behind-the-scenes operations, your customers will continue to experience consistent branding. By adding items and checking those changes, merchants exploring the Oberlo app will become familiar with the full functionality of those apps.
Scaling up your Automation and Tracking business
For dropshipping merchants with dozens, maybe hundreds, of products, it can be a hassle to update them individually. Instead, merchants with Oberlo can set pricing automation to apply universal rules, such as the percentage of the markup of a product. Merchants can also filter to only add products with ePackets (the products with the fastest delivery times) so that even if there are multiple suppliers, customers enjoy the same shipping speeds. Additionally, merchants using Oberlo can use product wish lists to import a collection of items at once to keep track of items added in batches. Melanie concluded by informing event participants that Oberlo can quickly help them start and scale up their dropshipping stores.
After her presentation, during the networking session, Melanie stayed behind to speak to members of the audience about how to start an ecommerce store in less than an hour, and discuss ideas about what people should sell online. Marketplace for the Shopify app can be explored by merchants considering opening a new store to do dropshipping. As mentioned by Melanie, merchants should note both the ease of use of an app for simple operations and its customization and automation features to manage an increasing inventory and process. You can check out our overview of tips from popular Hong Kong Shopify retailer, Loveramics, as well as global solution providers to get additional ecommerce insights.
You can check out our overview of tips from popular Hong Kong Shopify retailer, Loveramics, as well as global solution providers to get additional ecommerce insights.