Can You Drop Ship with Amazon

Contrary to popular belief. You can drop ship on Amazon. In fact here is how Amazon explains how to use dropshipping as a fulfillment model on their platform.

What is Dropshipping

Dropshipping is an order fulfillment option that allows ecommerce businesses to outsource procuring, storing, and shipping products to a third party—typically a supplier.

The dropshipping model commonly appeals to entrepreneurs seeking efficiency and low overhead, but it can come at a cost. This guide will cover what dropshipping is and explore how this fulfillment method can work. We’ll also look at a few alternative fulfillment models.

What is a Dropshipping Business Model

In a dropshipping business model, you promote products and provide an online storefront. When a customer places an order, you send the order to the dropshipper and inform customers the products are on the way. 

The rest of the physical fulfillment process is out of your hands. In some dropshipping agreements, you may also handle customer service, while the dropshipping service manages the physical goods and fulfillment.

How Does Dropshipping Work?

The exact logistics of dropshipping depend on your arrangement, but typically the dropshipping process follows this general sequence:

1. Seller signs agreement with dropshipper
2. Customer orders online
3. Seller receives order
4. Customer receives an order confirmation
5. Seller forwards the order to dropshipper
6. Dropshipper ships the order
7. Customer receives their product

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Key Players in Dropshipping Model

Let’s unpack some of the key players and their roles in detail, starting with the seller of record—in other words, your ecommerce business.

Seller of Record 

The dropshipping process starts with you. As the seller of record (SoR), you’re the individual identified as selling the product to the end consumer. You set the price, record the purchase as revenue, and assume responsibility for the sales tax on a particular sale. Even when a third party stocks and ships the items, you’re the seller of record because you own the products before they ship to the customer.

For Amazon sellers, using a dropshipping service is generally allowed by Amazon dropshipping policy, as long as you’re the seller of record and identify yourself as such.

Manufacturers

Manufacturers make products to sell to wholesalers and retailers. You can purchase goods from manufacturers, but the bulk purchase amounts they may require can potentially be a barrier to starting or scaling your business. Some manufacturers may offer dropshipping services.

Wholesalers

In a typical product supply chain, wholesalers buy from manufacturers and sell to retailers at a slight markup. They function as middlemen; generally, they do not sell to the end consumers but may provide dropshipping services to retailers. 

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Determine which dropshipping providers could be right for you based on your business model and fulfillment requirements, among other factors.

Potential Pros and Cons of Dropshipping

In ecommerce, as in life, there are advantages and disadvantages to any fulfillment approach. Whether the gains are worth the pain largely depends on your goals and business situation. Here are potential pros and cons to consider when weighing whether dropshipping is right for your ecommerce business.

Possible benefits of dropshipping include:

Overhead costs: Since you don’t store or ship the products, dropshipping has the potential to lower overhead costs, such as maintaining a storage facility or sending products to customers.

Starting costs: Entrepreneurs looking to start a business with minimal investment may turn to dropshipping as they don’t need to invest in facilities or resources to process orders.

Multi-channel selling: You can use dropshipping for your business while selling on your own domain, through a store like Amazon, or social media channels —or all of the above.

Operating location: Dropshipping allows you to fulfill orders regardless of your operating location, opening up a possibility to work from anywhere.

Scalability: Leveraging suppliers can make it feasible to accept more orders without increasing the inventory you store, package, and ship.

Scalability: Leveraging suppliers can make it feasible to accept more orders without increasing the inventory you store, package, and ship. 

Potential Limitations for Dropshipping include:

Competition: Given the low cost and investment to get started, dropshipping is a highly competitive field.

Product quality: Dropshipping reduces your involvement in the order fulfillment process, curtailing your ability to monitor and guarantee product quality. 

Product quality: Dropshipping reduces your involvement in the order fulfillment process, curtailing your ability to monitor and guarantee product quality. 

Profit margins: Little to no product differentiators means your business may end up competing more aggressively on price. Selling at low prices can eat up your profit margin. 

Fulfillment timeline: When a dropshipping service handles the fulfillment process, you do not have control over order selection, packaging, and shipment. 

Inventory management: Up-to-the-minute updates on what is available in stock may not be possible. If a customer places an order only to find the product is out of stock, this poor experience can discourage future orders and damage your brand. 

Range of offers: Because you don’t handle order fulfillment, you may be limited in the special offers and promotions you can run, such as bundling or free shipping. 

For some businesses, dropshipping limitations do not outweigh the potential benefits. At the end of the day, only you can decide whether dropshipping is right for your business or not.

While it may be appealing not to handle physical products, pay for warehouse space, ship orders, or manage stock levels, there are drawbacks as well. Weigh your options and goals in order to find the right online selling and fulfillment strategy to help you grow your ecommerce business. Article Source: Amazon

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