Dropshipping has been trending for sometime now. It typically is a supply-chain management system, where retailers or e-store owners do not physically store the products they sell.
Instead, they just purchase the product online from a third party, and get them to ship it directly to the customers.
In other words, these retailers or e-store owners never actually see or handle the products they sell !
Dropshipping is being used by several digital marketers who virtually connect with thousands of suppliers and wholesalers around the world, for buying the products on a wholesale/ minimum price, and then selling them for a profit through their own ecommerce stores.
They completely avoid the hassles of maintaining a warehouse or shipping the orders.
So if you have some money to invest, you can easily make a fortune through this way of business. Of course, you need to have an ecommerce store already set up before you can start.
Let us review Oberlo, which happens to be the best drop shipping extension for all Shopify stores.
What Is Oberlo ?
Oberlo is a popular dropshipping app designed specifically for Shopify hosted sites.
It specializes in simplifying the entire drop-shipping process in just a few clicks, making it easy-to-use even for the newcomers.
Oberlo allows you to quickly import hundreds and thousands of drop-shipped products from the Chinese stores like AliExpress or Alibaba – directly to your ecommerce store.
You can then create your own product-descriptions and setup the desired pricings for those products to be displayed on your site.
Once your order is ready to go, Oberlo handles the complete packaging and delivery of the orders to your customers, tracks the shipment status and even notifies them through emails.
Oberlo extension can easily be downloaded and installed on your Shopify store.
The dashboard provides a ‘Get Started’ section (where you can attempt to set up the pricing rules and install your first product), along with several video tutorials that explains how to use Oberlo.
Oberlo gives you the access to thousands of suppliers along with their product details, product images and pricing. You can choose and switch between the suppliers most suitable to you.
The Oberlo chrome-extension button allows you to easily import the products while browsing through the AliExpress catalogues.
The Manage Product interface is simple and organized, and enables you to search and view your products, set your featured products, or import lists without difficulty.
It also enables you to select the right kind of product for your store for generating maximum sales. Using the ‘Search Products’ tab, you can enter the right keywords and the categories (like price, score, volume-sold) from where you want to search the targeted products.
You can even view the information about your sales and earnings for each product as well. This helps you get an idea about which product you need to add and which should be taken down.
Apart from importing the products using this tool, you can also connect your ‘existing products’ (the ones you are already selling on your site) to Oberlo as well.
It even offers you the ability to manage multiple wish lists and import products directly from there, while the ePacket Filter allows you to import products with the fastest delivery times.
Setting the pricing manually for thousands of products can be painful. But with Oberlo, you have a complete control over your product price.
You can either multiply the original AliExpress price or determine a Fixed Markup price.