Dropshipping agents are middlemen between you and a dropshipping supplier. They enable a fast and smoother dropshipping.
Who are dropshipping agents?
They are settled in China, where most of dropshipping goods start their journey. You are probably finding your suppliers on AliExpress (and if you are you can use Reviify to boost your social proof). They are wholesalers located in China and this is where dropshipping agents come in. As aforesaid, they are also located in China, so they are fluent in Chinese, but more importantly they are fluent in English. One of their roles is to skip the language barrier. You probably noticed that many suppliers either answer unclearly or don’t answer at all, making communication and therefore collaboration much worse than it could be. Of course this is not the only benefit of having a dropshipping agent
Benefits of dropshipping agents
- Faster shipping times
You have noticed how AliExpress delivery time is not the sites best asset, especially when fast shipping websites like Amazon exist. Having a dropshipping agent can drastically reduce the shipping time (although it will still be over one week). Additionally, agents handling the shipping lower the number of complications and complaints on the delivery itself. Mistakes are also made much less frequently than when you handle it on your own.
- Better supplier prices
Agents know the suppliers and what prices they are willing to provide. Here their bilingualism comes in handy as well as having many contacts and a lot of experience. They can secure great bulk prices for you. You can increase your profit by lowering the initial cost instead of increasing your prices. And believe us those little price differences soon pile up.
- Quality check
They can assess the factory’s quality on spot. Make sure to communicate with your agent about what you deem important for your brand. If you find a good agent you can be sure that your values will be regarded. They can even check the packaging and repack them if they don’t match your needs.
- Customisable orders
You must give your customers reason to buy from you instead of AliExpress. One aspect to worry about is social proof and trustworthiness you show. Reviify can help you with that by allowing you to import and customise your reviews. Other aspects are additional value you provide such as tutorials and tips on your YouTube or in email but also when they receive the packet. With dropshipping agents you can add discounts, tips and thank you notes as well as your brand logo to the packaging.
- Sharing the burden
Just like working with a partner, having an agent can take some of the work from your hands. You will have more time to dedicate to some other aspects of running a successful dropshipping business. This can be marketing or even starting collaborations with TikTok influencers.
How does this work?
To hire an agent you can go to freelancer platforms like Upwork, where you see their CVs, job success and most importantly you can filter them by location (you’re probably going to choose China). When searching for these professionals, try with different titles like sourcing agent, shipping or e-commerce agent.
Although they are paid hourly, overall it doesn’t cost you too much, and their worth definitely pays out for all the costs. Apart from previously mentioned benefits, agents also do the manual work for you. Just send them the CSV file and your part in ordering is done. Did you know that you can import and export CSV files from your shop with Reviify? That’s right!
If you’re just starting with your business and don’t have a lot of orders you should not rush into hiring a dropshipping agent. Instead you should first focus on building trust with your customers by providing them with trusting, yet stylish reviews imported with Reviify.