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How do you dropshipping with fulfillment centers ? Do you just buy the products from aliexpress or alibaba and have them ship the orders to the fulfillment center warehouse who will then ship the orders to every individual customer at a time ?

Is there a difference in cost ? If so how ?
 

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Dropship? Mean you sell from seller that using fullfillment center?

Well from seller point of view, using fullfillment center meant nohassle to deliver stuff to customer, and they only need to take care delivery to the warehouse. Sonthey can focus on marketing
 

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How much will the fulfillment center charge to drop ship to customers one at a time generally speaking ? And how long ?
 

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Every location and company have different rates obviously, just search google for 3PL + country you want to store you goods in.

Maybe this can help: https://www.tradegecko.com/blog/supply-chain-management/what-is-3pl

usually these companies are ready to on board these type of ventures and know the ins and outs of your needs.

Alternative option is ShipStation, but this will need more manual work (and outreach) in the beginning to set it up.
 

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Since they can negotiate better shipping prices. Does that mean that there won't be much of price difference between working with 3PL and having the supplier do the shipping even after paying the 3PL fee ?
 

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How do you dropshipping with fulfillment centers ? Do you just buy the products from aliexpress or alibaba and have them ship the orders to the fulfillment center warehouse who will then ship the orders to every individual customer at a time ?

Is there a difference in cost ? If so how ?
Hey vader,
actually fulfillment is an third party logistics agent, its called 3PL as well, they do warehousing, pick,pack, labeling, sourcing service, customization, helps to rebranding your products, shipping around the globe...if you need to know more detailed about fulfillment centers and their processing let me know
 

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Since they can negotiate better shipping prices. Does that mean that there won't be much of price difference between working with 3PL and having the supplier do the shipping even after paying the 3PL fee ?

Hey vader,

Difference between 3PL and Suppliers

Fulfillment Center:
1. Keep your products their warehouse, tracking every orders their own websites auto mode tracking updates
2. Do sourcing service, re-branding, customize services
3. Shipping and logistics services too...

Suppliers:
1. Can do find products, provide you cost of them
2. Supply products mostly domestic services, does not offer international shipments
3. Do not having any right platforms to track shipments, any more professional ways of approaches,
 

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You need to work on your terminology or understand what you want. Using a fulfilment centre is not "drop shipping"

If you plan on buying your own stock you can send the stock directly to the fulfilment warehouse pending a few conditions which will vary location to location, some may accept the goods received others might what you to deliver it there or at least be there on receiving.

Costs will vary depending on the location and what you require costs involved are normally storage fees, picking, packing and dispatching and again will vary on how much you are posting weekly.

Items either need to be barcoded and complete if a large item like a table & chairs or if it's small some might still require the product to be barcoded for inventory while other locations may leave that alone and can be placed in a barcoded bin.

So you buy all the stock and they hold it, you then need to ensure you have a decent way to send orders to them some might require a csv feed or a method to be tied in directly to their processing systems.

If you "drop ship" this is you holding no stock and the manufacture or distributor will send the item directly to the customer for you on your behalf under a white label shipping service.


Either way you need to understand what you are doing and get your terminology correct. No point asking on here how much it will cost - pick up the phone and speak to your local centre - nothing to be scared of!


Hey vader,

Difference between 3PL and Suppliers

Fulfillment Center:

2. Do sourcing service, re-branding, customize services


Suppliers:
1. Can do find products, provide you cost of them

3. Do not having any right platforms to track shipments, any more professional ways of approaches,


F.2 What 3PL is going to offer sourcing, rebranding and customise services? Never seen any offer rebranding or sourcing - I'm assuming this is product based as in they will source products for you to sell? and then rebrand them?

S.1 Suppliers do not "find products" they already have a product line they are supplying to you. They may extend the range but they do not go sourcing stuff for you to sell specifically just for you.

S.3 If you purchase and the items goes via a courier or tracked standard postal service. What platform do you think they need to offer to provide shipping? Any supplier that offers dropshipping is going to have a half decent system in place for them to place, pack and ship orders they will send you tracking info you can look it up yourself. Don't get what else you need.

I dunno what you mean by "any more professional ways of approaches" unless you have been dealing with the wannabe sellers out there, most distributors you deal with tend to have had money invested in the warehouse and logistics side of things..

Of course you might be referring to maybe purchasing direct on Aliexpress BUT not all "suppliers" are the same.
 
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Either way, you have to invest more if you are going to use FC than DS
 
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