Are dropshippers having problems with the supply chain?

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I know drop-shipping -- and especially with Shopify -- are wildly popular.

However, what I'm wondering is whether dropshipping is viable and functioning right now with all I'm hearing about cargo ships from China (carrying thousands of Ali Express products) stuck outside of major California ports.

Are you Shopify dropshippers having trouble getting your products delivered to your customers?

John
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I think all people, dropshipper or not, are experiencing supply side problems.

    Probably, people selling things that ship directly from China to their customers are experiencing less of a problem presently because those items are NOT on one of the 100s of barges sitting off the coast of California. Those items are shipped via the mail system on airplanes.

    People who dropship from U.S. suppliers/manufacturers whose products (even if it is one small component of an otherwise Made In The USA product) are made in China are definitely having a problem.

    In addition, many companies that have products that are 100% made in the USA and have nothing sitting on barges are having supply issues due to a massive shortage of employees.
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      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      Probably, people selling things that ship directly from China to their customers are experiencing less of a problem presently because those items are NOT on one of the 100s of barges sitting off the coast of California. Those items are shipped via the mail system on airplanes.
      Dave,

      That's a very interesting point. (I had assumed AliExpress items were sent via ship, since the delivery times are so long.)

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
        Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

        Dave,

        That's a very interesting point. (I had assumed AliExpress items were sent via ship, since the delivery times are so long.)

        John
        Most of those long shipping times can be attributed to customs - both outgoing Chinese customs and the customs office in the destination country.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I think it is fascinating that 'supply chain issues' were top of the news in the US in late Oct/November with headlines of "88 ships at sea waiting to unload in port".


    Nothing much in the news since then though if you search you'll find at this point - same port in California - '119 ships waiting at sea to unload'. Funny how headlines are used when it's convenient (to get attention before a holiday) and then just goes away, isn't it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Serene Carmen
    Not a drop shipper but I shop on AliExpress alot and right now delivery times are erratic. Some parcels arrive really quickly others taking more than 4 months.
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  • Not a drop shipper but lately I've had issues with delivery times and misplaced packages. I think like every other industry, supply chain is also having labor shortages.
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    • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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      You from PH, right? Are these Lazada/Shopee packages which have been delivered very late?

      Originally Posted by John Jonas Phil VA View Post

      Not a drop shipper but lately I've had issues with delivery times and misplaced packages. I think like every other industry, supply chain is also having labor shortages.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF- Enzo
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    Not just dropshipping, but entire shipping chain as whole. The problem was exacerbated during the height of global COVID lockdowns in 2020, and I'm sure there are still bloody loads of backlogs.

    Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

    I know drop-shipping -- and especially with Shopify -- are wildly popular.

    However, what I'm wondering is whether dropshipping is viable and functioning right now with all I'm hearing about cargo ships from China (carrying thousands of Ali Express products) stuck outside of major California ports.

    Are you Shopify dropshippers having trouble getting your products delivered to your customers?

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author MarjorieV
    Try using a fulfillment company, they offer fast shipping than in ali express and can help you to source your product, so no hassle from your side.
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  • Profile picture of the author incomenow
    Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

    I know drop-shipping -- and especially with Shopify -- are wildly popular.

    However, what I'm wondering is whether dropshipping is viable and functioning right now with all I'm hearing about cargo ships from China (carrying thousands of Ali Express products) stuck outside of major California ports.

    Are you Shopify dropshippers having trouble getting your products delivered to your customers?

    John
    When working with a dropshipping supplier, you depend on the supplier for the quality of the products, fulfillment speed, and return policies. There is no way to know about these things until the products have shipped.

    Fortunately, most entrepreneurs vet their business partners carefully before signing a contract. However, you should still look for signs of a problem before you choose a supplier. First, understand that dropshipping involves working with multiple suppliers.

    A supplier may not be as legitimate as it claims to be. Some of them might even use trademarked logos or other companies' intellectual property without permission. Luckily, there are options. Using a third-party logistics provider is a great solution to many of these problems.
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