If you want to start your online store, then dropshipping is one of the most simplest and easy to start business model where you can sell products to your customers without ever actually stocking the items yourselves.
Lots of new entrepreneurs like you are exploring the world of dropshipping as its cheap to start, no need to store products upfront and the only real cost is domain and hosting cost for your store. Using dropshipping, you only need to market your store to sell products to customers, rest the products moves directly from the wholesaler to the final consumer without being handled or stored by you.
This seems a really simple model, but in reality everything is not so simple, especially If you are doing everything on your own. You need to find dropship suppliers, manually send order details to dropship supplier, and handle the customer service manually. Then you will be hardly left with any time to market your store and increase your sales.
Fortunately, there are lots of great solutions available to overcome these problems, and one of them is Spocket. Spocket connects you directly to the top dropship suppliers around the world, especially from the US and EU, and allows to quickly import products to your Shopify or Woo-commerce store.
Using this app all you have to do is focus your precious time on your store marketing and providing best customer services to your consumers.
- 1 What’s Spocket?
- 2 Who Should Use Spocket?
- 3 How Does Spocket Work?
- 4 Advantages Of Spocket
- 5 Disadvantages Of Spocket
- 6 How to Set Up Spocket on Shopify Stores
- 7 Conclusion
Spocket is a dropshipping app for eCommerce platforms and integrates with both Shopify and Woo-Commerce stores. Within a few click you can start your dropshipping business selling products from suppliers located in both the US and the EU.
The primary difference between Spocket and other dropshipping apps is that most other apps focus on product sourcing from Aliexpress, where as the main suppliers of Spocket is from US, Europe, and Australia etc.
Spocket has tens of thousands of products, including print-on-demand products to choose from different categories, different suppliers and different locations. This makes a huge difference as products from US and EU have better quality then products sourced from China and also it takes less shipping time and cost to reach the products to your customers.
For example, If you are selling your products in United States, then with Spocket you can choose the supplier from United States itself. Then your products will reach to your customers within week not in months in the case of suppliers from China. This is very crucial for the success of your dropship business.
You can even order sample products from a variety of suppliers on Spocket. Using this you can check the quality of the product as well as the speed of your product delivery.
Who Should Use Spocket?
Spocket is for eCommerce merchants who are serious in starting a dropship business with high quality products. Usually dropshipping products are of low quality and cheap sourced from Chinese suppliers.
Selling these kind of poor quality products can ruin your reputation as a eCommerce merchant. You can a these products one-time to a customer, but they will never return back to your store, after getting these products, to buy your products again.
Spocket is for the people who wants to sell high quality dropship products. Spocket helps you in sourcing quality products from the suppliers all over the world. Spocket also automates the whole process and provides a seamless buying experience for your customers, so that you can focus your time and efforts on increasing your sales.
How Does Spocket Work?
Spocket has a database of high-quality products and print-on-demand goods for you to choose from different suppliers around the world. It allows you to import products from the selected suppliers to your Shopify, Woo-Commerce, or Facebook shop and also automatically send the order details to the supplier when some one buys from your store. The suppliers then prepares the product and ships it directly to your customer.
You can choose from a various categories of products like Fashion and Clothing, Electronics and Tech, Home and Garden, Automotive, Toys, Gaming, Computing etc. All products from Spocket’s come with discounts between 30-60% of their retail pricing, which allows for a healthy profit margin.
Advantages Of Spocket
Spocket has a long list of advantages and features that will make dropshipping easy for anyone who wants to join the e-commerce business. Some of them are as follows:
1. High Quality Products
Dropshipping merchants are often frustrated by the low quality products available in the dropship marketplaces. Spocket focus on high quality products from US and EU suppliers. Spocket works only with reliable suppliers, who produce high-quality products so that merchants can be proud to sell to their customers.
2. Quick Delivery
Most of Spocket’s suppliers are located in the US and EU, therefore, delivery to the customers is faster, easier, and more reliable. Whereas most other popular drop shipping supplier source products from China which takes more delivery times and is costlier also.
3. Better Margin
The profit margins in any other dropshipping suppliers are 15-45% whereas in Spocket products are sourced at better discounts and profit margins are 30 – 60%. This means merchants can earn more with every sale which helps in prospering the business.
4. Automated Product Import
With the Shopify’s Spocket app you can import your desired products with a single click of button. Also, in the import list, there is an option to modify products as per your needs before importing it to your Shopify store. This enables to modify products description as well as change products price to suit your own profit margin.
5. Wide Range of Products
Spocket marketplace offers a great range of tens of thousands of products in various categories. You can search for products with keywords or filter based on the price. There is also an option to source products based on supplier location across various part of the world.
6. Automated Order Process
Once a customer purchased a products from your store the order details will be automatically sent to the supplier to process the order.This means orders are sent immediately after receiving an email confirmation and supplier will ships the products instantly to the customers. You can track all the details as well as status of the order from the dashboard.
Disadvantages Of Spocket
As with every dropship marketplace has some disadvantages, so is with Spocket. Some of the disadvantages of Spocket are as follows:
1. Limited Supplier Locations
Spocket works with suppliers in the US, UK, and some suppliers based in New Zealand or Australia. Therefore, you might find it challenging to get a good reach into Africa of Asia. Shipping from outside of these areas increases the pricing of your goods. Fortunately, most e-commerce stores focus on the European and American markets, so it’s not a train smash.
2. Not Compatible with All E-commerce Platforms
Spocket is a great dropshipping application, but it doesn’t work with all eCommerce platforms like like Amazon, Etsy, eBay, etc
3. No Option for Customized Packaging
With Spocket you can send personalized messages and invoices to your customers but they does not provide option for the customized packaging with your own branding.
4. No Direct Contact with Spocket Suppliers
Spocket does not provide any option t contact directly with the supplier network. If you have any problems with a specific supplier, you’ll need to contact the Spocket support team and have them sort it out for you.
How to Set Up Spocket on Shopify Stores
You can connect your Shopify store with Spocket easily by installing Spocket app.
Installing Spocket App
Click on the button Add app to add Spocket app to your store. On the next page click on the button Install app to install the app on your store.
You will be redirected to the Spocket drop shipping dashboard. Here you can search for the products you want to sell in your Shopify store.
Select Products to Sell in Your Store
After the Spocket app is installed on your Shopify store, you can search for the products, in few simple clicks. Its always good to start by exploring a variety of products related to your business idea (or ideas) and see what you come up with.
To search a products in Spocket app, click on the menu Search Products on the left and search for the term on the search bar above. You can also select the categories from the drop-down,
For example, I am searching for the Furniture, so I will start by typing Furniture. This will returns the products related to furniture.
You can narrow down the search by filters like Price and Location, Suppliers etc by using Filters, which appear to the top of your product search results
As you search products, you can see shipping price and shipping time for every item, this can help you in selecting the products.
Select and Import Products to Sell
After you have decided the products to sell on your store, you can select those products in Spocket dashboard by clicking the button Add to import list appear when hover on the product:
This will add the product to the Spocket’s import list. Please keep few things in mind while selecting a product:
- Write product descriptions – Even if the selected product comes with product description. you should write your own version to connect with your customers and your brand.
- Review pricing – Although Spocket automatically sets a suggested retail price, but you should check the profit margins and check the prices with your competitors sellers.
- Communicate shipping times to customers – It’s good to include the estimated shipping times in your product descriptions.
After you have added the products to Spocket’s import list, I recommend importing 10-20 products from different categories in your niche for a startup dropship store, its time to import these products in your Shopify dropship store.
To import products in Shopify’s dropship store, navigate to Import List from the left side menu and you will be presented with the current selected products. To import the products in your store, click on the button Push to store for a particular product.
You can also bulk import the products by clicking the button Push Current Page that appears above the product list.
After the products are imported you can create the categories for the products and setup you Shopify store. You can learn more in my previous tutorial How To Start A Dropshipping eCommerce Store.
If you are looking to start a dropshipping eCommerce business, then look no other than Spocket. With Spocket you can be confident of high quality products and less shipping times for your customers, the major points to get success in an online business.