You can use something like Amazon FBA where you send all your inventory to one of their many warehouses around the world and they will securely store it for you. Then, when you have a sale, they will pack and ship the order to the customer for you. They even handle things like returns and customer service. I would recommend checking it out.
Answered 4 years ago
The middle ground here probably still requires the initial purchase of stock from your side as if it isn't being drop shipped then someone needs to hold the stock, unless you work on a just in time system. However, once this has been achieved you can create your own fulfillment and storage network delivered by a 3rd party that would prevent you from being impacted by some retailers not offering drop shipping. A 3rd party relationship with a business who can store your stock as consignment stock and deliver it to your customers may cost you some margin but it will save you from the hassle of holding stock yourself etc. So my recommendation here is sort of like an Amazon FBA model, except you replace Amazon logistics with a more affordable and smaller logistics partner to keep costs down.
Answered 4 years ago
Look for suppliers in your country of sale that accept dropshipping.
Look at the brands your competitors sell and reach out to them directly.
You don't need to sell all the brands in a niche, but you will want a really great collection of solid brands.
You could also start by finding smaller local manufacturers and asking if they will dropship custom products for you. Most will say no, but you really only need 1 yes for this model.
You might need to buy in advance, but you won't need to worry about warehousing.
Answered 3 years ago
Finding a middle ground between dropshipping and wholesaling for your ecommerce business is a smart approach. One option worth exploring is leveraging Yard Management Automation. This entails efficient management of inventory stored in a central location, providing a balance between maintaining stock and not overcommitting to inventory.
Here's how Yard Management Automation can be the middle ground you're seeking:
Centralized Inventory Management:
Maintain a centralized inventory hub where you can manage stock efficiently. This allows you to control inventory levels without the need for extensive warehousing.
Automation for Order Fulfillment:
Implement automated systems for order fulfillment. This ensures that as soon as an order is placed, the automation system takes care of the logistics, reducing the need for extensive manual intervention.
Yard Management Automation provides real-time visibility into your inventory levels and order processing. This helps in making informed decisions and optimizing your supply chain.
Work closely with brands that might not offer dropshipping but are open to collaborating on centralized inventory management. This allows you to offer a broader range of products without the burden of holding excessive stock.
For those interested in exploring the benefits of Yard Management Automation in logistics and inventory control, check out this insightful article: https://www.cleveroad.com/blog/yard-management-system/
Wishing you success in finding the perfect middle ground for your ecommerce venture!
Answered 3 months ago