In-house solutions can incur a lot of overhead to build and maintain, meaning costs can quickly skyrocket past any potential savings. Additionally, homegrown systems often aren’t as agile as partner solutions and can soon grow out of date without large, continual investment. Finally, since such solutions are customized for the retailer that builds them, trading partners incur significant overhead to make their own systems compatible.
Without robust omnichannel programs, retailers have less assortment, sell less of their inventory, and offer much less customer choice. All of which translates into lower growth and revenue. And yet building a scalable omnichannel program is a labyrinth of financial, technical, and multi-team challenges that can quickly turn into a money-pit with little or no growth to show for it.
Drop shipping is not just another distribution method but an entirely different way of doing business that involves the integration of suppliers and retailers into many of the supply chain roles that are typically kept separate in wholesale. Despite its many advantages, therefore, drop shipping also has a lot of unique and complex challenges that must be navigated correctly in order to function at peak efficiency.
Finding the right retail partners to drop ship with will lay a solid foundation for the growth of your operation. Some of the ROIs you might reap include lower cancellation and return rates, lower oversell risk, lower data exchange overhead, higher volume with reasonable predictability, more inventory turns, quicker times to shipment, less tax liability, the ability to bring products to market faster, lower production and logistics costs, and hopefully, increased sales and marketshare.
If you’re just starting out with drop shipping, it’s a good idea to begin by offering products from your catalogue that are more ecommerce friendly.
The logistics required to ship items similar to books is much less complex than bananas and can give you the necessary experience to later tackle difficult categories.
Every manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics decision should be made with the goal of strengthening your other wholesale and direct-to-consumer sales channels, and vice versa.
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Instead of a threat, drop shipping should be seen as a vital opportunity for brands to make the necessary pick, pack, and ship investments to take advantage of this growth.
Besides weighing the various benefits and drawbacks, you must be comfortable with the fact that marketplaces are not just neutral platforms for selling products but competitors in their own right who will have access to your sensitive customer and supply chain data.
In the coming year we’ll be adding some cool data features to the Dsco platform that will allow trading partners to not only access such data but perform just these types of correlations with their own data in real time to tackle issues such as excessive upgrades, late shipments, and cancellations.