After people ask, “what is drop shipping?” the next question we usually hear is, “how does dropshipping work?” or “how to dropship”.
It is actually simpler than you might think. Similar to consignment inventory and 3PL eCommerce fulfillment, the model does a lot of the work for you so that you can concentrate on selling.
Read on to learn how dropshipping works, the structure of the model, the steps involved, how to start a dropshipping business, and how to make money.
Dropshipping: How it Works
Dropshipping is where a supplier handles all inventory storage and fulfillment for any orders that you place through your storefront. The supplier owns the products and stores them until they are sold. The reseller then pays to ship the products to the customer.
You can use dropshipping websites as a supplementary source of products to sell or as your sole source. For example, if you already sell DTC food, you can seek out other food suppliers with food that complements yours. Then, you can list your best dropshipping products in a digital catalog and continue selling food online without having to store inventory.
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Inventory Source + UNFI (Honest Green)
Inventory Source has partnered with UNFI (Honest Green) to provide you with an easy way to dropship by automating the inventory data feed directly into your online store.
Upload UNFI (Honest Green), products automatically using bulk filter, pricing, and category tools.
Integrate product details, inventory levels, and images directly into your marketplace, store, or multi-channel platform.
Connect UNFI (Honest Green), as well as other suppliers. Check out our list of integrated dropshippers here.
Register for a Free Account
Register for a free Inventory Source account and view full product feeds from suppliers.
Select a supplier to integrate with your ecommerce platform or marketplace.
Create and go live
You can customize the product feed of your supplier using our tools and then start pushing products to your shop.
Automate your sales channels with Sync Dropship Suppliers
Integrate the inventory of your supplier to automatically upload product data, sync inventory quantities and more than 25 online marketplaces, stores and multi-channel management platforms.