Many online retailers use dropshipping, the fulfillment model that allows you to buy products individually from a wholesaler and ship them directly to your customer. There is an advantage in not having to purchase and manage a large inventory.
There are pros and cons and, if done right, it can be a useful model for specific online retailers. But this post isn’t about that. If you are thinking of incorporating dropshipping into your WooCommerce store, you should check out the WooCommerce Dropshipping extension.
WooCommerce Dropshipping Extension
This tool integrates the process easily by sending automated order notification emails to your wholesale dropshippers when an order is placed on your WooCommerce site. It’s a pretty simple extension.
Adding a Supplier
Under your products, you will find an option for supplier. Here is where you set up or add suppliers.
Assign a Product to a Dropshipper
Assigning a product to a specific dropshipper is easy. Just create or open the products settings and on the right side you will find the option to choose the supplier.
The Supplier Inventory
You will also be able to import the inventory with suppliers who have a CSV of their inventory. You can go to your list of suppliers, click on Inventory CSV and then import the CSV provided from your supplier.
There are options on how the CSV is processed in WooCommerce. These can be set per supplier. By clicking on the edit of a supplier, you first see the basic settings you used to set up the supplier.
You will also get your CVS Import Settings here. You have a choice of two methods for how the CVS files are configured. There is a slight difference in the settings for each.
The Quantity on Hand is used if the format your supplier has sent you includes the stock they have in inventory.
The other option is Indicator. Your supplier may, through their CSV, choose to just tell you whether it’s in stock or not, rather than list a quantity. For example it may be in either of these formats: Y/N or 1/0.
Packing Slips and Email Notifications
Here you see what content you can use to customize the packing slip. There are a couple of options as far as customizing it for all of your suppliers vs. for specific suppliers. This involves some backend work in duplicating a file of this plugin and adding a bit of code, but they have details on how to do it in their documentation. It’s not rocket science, but if you are hesitant, find someone to help you.
Also, you will notice, in these same settings, you can add a note to the email that is sent to your supplier that attaches your packing slip.
And lastly, if you are adding this to a bunch of existing products, are are able to bulk assign those on your product page. Simply select all your products, choose edit and you now have a field to enter the supplier.
So that’s it. The beauty of WooCommerce is the chance to integrate most options you can think of with online selling through an extension. But if you are thinking about using WooCommerce with dropshipping, or are currently using WooCommerce, the WooCommerce Dropshipping extension is certainly an option to look at.
Need More Tools and Power for Your Dropshipping Online Store
If you are finding that what you are using isn’t enough, you may want to check out this post on Liquid Web’s WooCommerce Dropshipping package that brings you the tools and hosting that will power your online store.