Ever had a great idea for an online store but felt overwhelmed with all of the work that goes into the logistics of it? You have to buy the goods you intend to sell, store them at your house or rent out warehouse space, and track down potential buyers for your inventory. This all takes quite a lot of time to set up. Not to mention the starting capital needed. This all is just too much for 1 person with a good idea, isn’t it?
The solution to this problem comes in the form of dropshipping. The main idea behind dropshipping is that there are no “items” in a warehouse. You don’t have your inventory at some physical location. Instead, when someone orders an item from you, you then pass this order to your supplier, who is the one that sends the goods to the customer. In short, you are the bridge between suppliers and customers. There is no need to hassle with inventory, renting warehouses, etc. With all of this in mind, it comes as no surprise that dropshipping is one of the fastest-growing industries out there right now.
Even though dropshipping is a lot easier than usual online retail, there are still challenges that need to be overcome. Luckily, many great plugins will introduce improvements, make your communication with suppliers and customers more fluent, and aid you in setting up a successful dropshipping business.
Let’s look at some of them.
This is one of the best general-purpose plugins for your dropshipping store. With this plugin, it will take you mere seconds to find interesting and hot items to sell and import from AliExpress into your WooCommerce dropshipping store.
It allows its users to quickly find desired AliExpress products using the different integrated filters.
There is no need to waste time checking the product info pages for any changes that need to be edited into your store. This plugin has an auto-updating system that keeps your product info fresh and in tune with AliExpress.
The plugin is accompanied by a Google Chrome extension that allows you to import items one by one or in bulk. This extension also allows you to use the powerful, built-in image editor. Resize, apply filters, add stickers, remove watermarks, and do much more.
The plugin costs $89, and with this purchase, you get free updates, lifetime usage, and no limit on the number of products and orders you can make.
The next plugin on our list is WooDropship, another jack-of-all-trades type of plugin. Ideal for people who are just at the start of their dropshipping adventure and want to have a great experience without many of the problems related to the business.
WooDropship, like the previous plugin, also helps you to easily import products from AliExpress into your WooComerce store. It also has a Google Chrome extension which gives you the ability to add products directly to your store while browsing AliExpress.
The WooDropship plugin has the option of syncing product inventory as well. It gives you the security of knowing that your customers won’t order something out of stock from your supplier.
The pricing starts at $14.99 a month with certain limitations. If you want a full experience with unlimited orders, then you will need to get their highest plan which costs $49.99 a month.
3. WooCommerce Dropshipping
WooCommerce Dropshipping is a powerful WordPress dropshipping plugin. Besides working with AliExpress, this plugin also works with Amazon and other dropshippers to offer your customers the widest possible range of products.
Like the previous plugins, this one also comes with its own Google Chrome extension, which allows you to import products easily. Plus, you can also import products directly from the plugin or even using a CSV file.
You can import product descriptions and images with ease and edit them to your liking. After that, just set your profit margin, and you are ready to start selling.
The plugin will also notify the designated supplier when you receive an order. Its price is $49 per year.
Dropified is another plugin that works with WooComerce and AliExpress to fulfill your customers’ orders.
Besides the plugin, there is also a Dropified Google Chrome extension for more functionality.
Besides AliExpress, Dropified supports a lot of other dropshippers for more variety in your selection.
The plugin offers an option to automatically fulfill orders. Plus, it has an image editor that allows you to customize and adapt product images to your standards and needs.
The price of Dropified varies, depending on your store size. It can go from $47 up to $197 per month.
Wooshark is a great, well-rounded, and standard plugin that offers support for AliExpress and many other suppliers to fulfill your orders. It is easy and straightforward to set up and allows you to customize products before publishing them on your store.
Wooshark is a hands-on plugin as it allows you to manually control almost every element of the product. You, of course, have the option of using the default settings, but they might not always fit in with your vision.
The plugin makes it very easy to add products, and it also comes with a bulk import tool for whole categories of products.
Wooshark costs from $25.99 up to $59.88 (one-time fee), depending on your desires and needs.
Whether you are just starting your first WooComerce dropshipping store or are a veteran in the business, you will surely find these plugins useful. With an abundance of features, customizations, and addons they bring, they will make your business run much smoother and allow you to focus more on marketing and making a profit.
When it comes to choosing AliExpress products to list on your WooCommerce store, it’s recommended to use a dropshipping research tool or software. By using a research tool, you will be able to quickly find best-selling AliExpress items, without spending hours of time manually researching products, suppliers, and competitors.