How to set up shipping with multiple dropship suppliers?

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Does anyone have a good method of providing shipping cost on dropship ecommerce websites? I have maybe 8-10 suppliers, all dropship accounts. They are located all over the country, and if I use a basic fed ex account it can only estimate shipping price from one location. Im trying to figure out the most accurate way to provide the customer with a shipping price at checkout that I will not be loosing money on. Does anyone have experience with this?
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
    Originally Posted by Nivek962 View Post

    Does anyone have a good method of providing shipping cost on dropship ecommerce websites? I have maybe 8-10 suppliers, all dropship accounts. They are located all over the country, and if I use a basic fed ex account it can only estimate shipping price from one location. Im trying to figure out the most accurate way to provide the customer with a shipping price at checkout that I will not be loosing money on. Does anyone have experience with this?
    When ever I have multiple drop shippers I always try and piggy back off the drop shippers shipping whereever possible since with the larger volume they sometimes get better rates, as well as allowing you to ship via their preferred method.

    What I have always done, and this works great if it's not bulky items is do a flat 5 or 6 dollar shipping, free shipping over $50 or $75 in the continental 48. Unless it is a bulky item, most people don't want to pay excessive shipping, so you are better off (IMO) eating the margin or increasing your selling price.

    You didn't tell us what shopping cart you are using. Many shopping carts work real well with drop shipping and when you attach your Fed Ex or UPS account it should calculate automatically within the cart. For example both 3dCart and Americommerce allow you to add in warehouse locations to calculate shipping.
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    • Profile picture of the author NewbieLifer
      Depending on what shopping cart you are using.... I had a parts site that ran on godaddy's shopping cart system and I was able to add warehouse addresses from each of my drop shippers. That allowed the system to figure the shipping correctly depending on what part came from which drop-shipper and which warehouse. It was quite easy to do and came out very accurate with shipping as I assigned shipping according to the weight of each item. Hope that helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author Nivek962
        Thanks, thats exactly what I was looking to hear. I had thought about doing that but couldnt figure out how it was done. The problem is that im not on go daddys shopping cart, but ill see what I can do. Thanks for the tip!
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    • Profile picture of the author Nivek962
      Thanks for the help, I have also thought about doing flat rates, the problem is that the dropshippers all all over the country and the margins are tight, theres not a whole lot of room to eat shipping costs. Ill keep this in mind though, thanks!
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