Finding the right product and getting it to the right country is only half the battle. The chapter walks you through four ways to fulfill e-commerce orders, as well as two other core fulfillment channels.
Although not technically part of importing from China, one fulfillment method, drop-shipping, is a combination of freight and order fulfillment. Before you decide on that method, though, you should also know the pros and cons of the other options for shipping to your customers.
Direct fulfillment – shipping goods out to customers yourself – is the go-to method for beginning companies. While it does have some major advantages, there are some disadvantages you should know about too. You’ll find them here.
Another fulfillment option – third-party fulfillment – means outsourcing jobs like inventory management, packing boxes, and shipping orders, which can be very effective for a growing business. Here are the factors to consider when considering this.
What if you never needed to touch the stuff you sell? That’s drop-shipping, where you, as a seller, don’t even need to put money down for the products you sell. Here’s how it works.
Another type of fulfillment revolves around not even having goods reach your warehouse; instead, your products are transferred directly from your manufacturer to your third-party logistics provider.