Dropshipping is not a new concept, but it is one that has recently come to the forefront of ecommerce website development and eCommerce solutions in general.

What Is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is the practice of selling products without physically having a warehouse or your own distribution network. Sales made are passed directly to the manufacturer or a wholesale stockist for shipment direct to the customer.

The process is not without risks but it can be extremely handy for an existing retailer to add a wider product range without the outlay of extending warehousing facilities. For new retailers dropshipping can be an excellent way to get a foot in the door of the ecommerce market at a lower cost than you may expect.

Developing an ecommerce website specifically for this activity raises different challenges from a regular ecommerce solution. In particular, this is because you need the stock figures to be easily and dynamically updateable in bulk and to the format agreed between the retailer and the whole seller.

The Delivery Process

Orders must not only be taken but must also be collected and sent to the whole seller for processing, again in an agreed format and if the whole seller is inclined to change their delivery prices regularly then a decision must be made on how the website is to be updated to account for this.

Tying together all these systems takes careful planning and management. It is essential that you ensure that your eCommerce solution is up to date and really relfects the needs of your customers and your company, along with representing your brand identity.

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