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      thanks for tell us,and then we can follow

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      Great thread!

      I registered today to reply to an IPR thread, but I am also curious to find out more about drop-shipping without wanting to look out of my depth and also to gain a grasp of the Industry.

      We are a small two year old clothing brand, based in the UK and currently retailing through our website, events and one online retailer.

      We are looking into DS directly through retailers, essentially to not list on sourcing sites so as to not dilute our online presence.

      I do not know the process (although I have a better idea now thanks to the thread above) of if we tackled it with retailers, what they expect, what they do not expect from the bargaining process. How do we appear familiar with the process or should we be straight with them from the start?

      Is it OK to approach retailers we think would suit our brand and ask them if they would like to list our products?

      Are there any standard contracts, applications etc we can use or do we generate these ourselves from working through the process?

      Is it accepted to insist that we do not want our garments auctioned on ebay and other auction sites and only directly through their website?

      We use a one stop system for stock through our website and stand, this prints despatch notes in our shop format - is there any preferred software that can hold mutliple logo's and business information suitable for a wholesaler to use for despatching different clients orders?

      Or am I barking up the wrong tree as we are a small lesser known brand and no-one will want to drop ship our stock anyway?

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      Hi Sam,

      Welcome to Wholesale Forum

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      Originally Posted by sammw View Post
      I do not know the process (although I have a better idea now thanks to the thread above) of if we tackled it with retailers, what they expect, what they do not expect from the bargaining process. How do we appear familiar with the process or should we be straight with them from the start?
      Retailers will expect:
      1. Exclusivity, or as much of it as possible
      2. Clear pricing (especially clear shipping costs) and a clear returns policy
      3. Easy ordering process
      4. Speed of dispatch
      5. Returns handling

      You may find the following thread helpful: https://www.wholesaleforum.com/discu...supplier-3316/

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      Is it OK to approach retailers we think would suit our brand and ask them if they would like to list our products?
      Yes absolutely. If you are approaching online retailers, and want to offer your brand to a select few retailers, consider evaluating their traffic through sites like Alexa the Web Information Company and Compete | Compete.

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      Are there any standard contracts, applications etc we can use or do we generate these ourselves from working through the process?
      We would suggest that you review existing drop shippers terms of service, and then adapt those terms to suit your logistics. One of the major issues online retailers that use drop shipping face is that they have to reconcile terms from multiple drop shippers into a single checkout process. The simpler your terms are, and the closer your terms are to those of other drop shippers, the easier it will be for an online retailer to integrate your range within their existing order process.

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      Is it accepted to insist that we do not want our garments auctioned on ebay and other auction sites and only directly through their website?
      Yes, many drop shippers impose this condition.

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      We use a one stop system for stock through our website and stand, this prints despatch notes in our shop format - is there any preferred software that can hold mutliple logo's and business information suitable for a wholesaler to use for despatching different clients orders?
      Does the software include the option to set up multiple profiles?

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      Or am I barking up the wrong tree as we are a small lesser known brand and no-one will want to drop ship our stock anyway?
      Drop shipping is a growing trend. If you do it right, it is not unrealistic to bring your brand mainstream.

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      Amazing, thank you so much, perfect response.

      Our software does not have the option of multiple profiles sadly. I would need to work out an integration method with our accounting system (Quickbooks Pro), our stock control and our despatch data (receipt/invoice/packing slip/address sticker) .

      I shall read the suggested post, it would be interesting to learn what an end retailer finds easy and hard about working with manufacturers when drop shipping.

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      Useful information.

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      We are considering relocating our business abroad out of the UK, and are looking for a fulfilment company based in Europe who can ship to our individual users by post (signed for usually), 90% of our business is into the UK.

      How can I find out which country has the most reliable postal service, and can anyone recommend or advise how to find a suitable company - perhaps one that one of the forum users is doing business with already?
      Hi jeanmr, If you are relocating your business out of the UK but 90% of your customers are in the UK then your best bet is using a fulfilment house like us. We can receive stock directly from your suppliers and take care of everything from picking and packing your order to customer service and inventory control. You would also benefit from low internal UK distribution costs. Amazon is another option, as suggested by WholesaleForum. If the majority of your sales are via Amazon then it might be worthwhile as they profile you better on the site with higher conversion rates. Bear in mind that is likely to cost you more via Amazon though, especially for non-Amazon sales, and all of your packaging will be branded with their logo. Let me know if you would like us to quote you for any of our fulfilment services. Kind regards, James (TheFulfilmentCompany.co.uk)

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      Wholesalers who also ship individual orders to clients’ customers. How can you tell someone is a legitimate drop shipper?

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      Hi Metakat,

      1. Legitimate drop shippers don't charge drop shipping fees.

      2. Legitimate drop shippers require to see proof of trade.

      3. Legitimate drop shippers have a registered legal business, with physical (and not PO Box) premises.

      4. Legitimate drop shippers often operate a second related business (either in retail or wholesale).

      There are many more factors to consider, however the above 4 will filter out 95% of the drop shipping scams.

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      thanks for this information.

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      Good job! Actually i think to find some small suppliers as drop shippers may even better than big companies, their prices are more reasonable, and service is better.

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