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Drop shipping & Wholesales

Drop shipping is a retail fulfillment method where a store doesn't keep the products it sells in stock. Instead, when a store sells a product, it purchases the item from ApexOne and has it shipped directly to the customer.

The biggest difference between drop shipping and the standard retail model is that the selling merchant doesn't stock or own inventory. Instead, the merchant purchases inventory as needed from ApexOne to fulfill orders.

This unique model has a number of benefits as below:

Less Capital Is Required - Probably the biggest advantage to drop shipping is that it's possible to launch an ecommerce store without having to invest thousands of dollars in inventory up front. Traditionally, retailers have had to tie up huge amounts of capital purchasing inventory.  

With the drop shipping model, you don't have to purchase a product unless you already made the sale and have been paid by the customer. Without major up-front inventory investments, it's possible to start a successful online shop quickly. 

Easy to Get Started - Running an ecommerce business is much easier when you don't have to deal with physical products. With drop shipping, you don't have to worry about:

  • Managing or paying for a warehouse
  • Packing and shipping your orders
  • Tracking inventory for accounting reasons
  • Handling returns and inbound shipments
  • Continually ordering products and managing stock level

Low Overhead - Because you don't have to deal with purchasing inventory or managing a warehouse, your overhead expenses are quite low. In fact, many successful drop shipping businesses are run from a home office with a laptop for less than $100 per month. As you grow, these expenses will likely increase but will still be low compared to those of traditional brick-and-mortar businesses.  

Flexible Location - A drop shipping business can be run from just about anywhere with an internet connection. As long as you can communicate with suppliers and customers easily, you can run and manage your business.

Wide Selection of Products - Because you don't have to pre-purchase the items you sell, you can offer an array of products to your potential customers. If suppliers stock an item, you can list if for sale on your website at no additional cost.

Easy to Scale - With a traditional business, if you receive three times as much business you'll usually need to do three times as much work. By leveraging drop shipping suppliers, most of the work to process additional orders will be borne by the suppliers, allowing you to expand with fewer growing pains and less incremental work. Sales growth will always bring additional work - especially related to customer service – but business that utilize drop shipping scale particularly well relative to traditional ecommerce businesses.  

All these benefits make drop shipping a very attractive model to both beginning and established merchants with ApexOne.

Wholesales

For resellers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, eBayers, please email us at wholesales@apexone.net for the wholesale account. One of our Customer Services Representative will contact you shortly.

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