Dropshipping has taken the eCommerce world by storm, with online sellers making big profits and tapping into huge customer bases in record time. However, a successful dropshipping business is only as good as its software.
To help you get your dropshipping business off on the right foot, we’ve put together this guide on how to choose the right dropshipping software for your eCommerce business.
If you’re at the very beginning of your dropshipping journey, then check out our beginner’s guide on how to start a dropshipping business to set the scene.
The basics of dropshipping are:
- When a customer places an order, it gets relayed to your supplier, who fulfills that order on your behalf.
- You don’t store inventory or handle fulfillment, just the order and payment processing.
- You only need to focus on marketing and generating as many sales as possible.
The benefits of the dropshipping model are clear, but it’s important to be sure you’re working with a reliable supplier who has good inventory management, to ensure you don’t sell items that your supplier cannot fulfill.
What features to look for in dropshipping software
You only have to Google search “dropshipping software” to become overwhelmed by the variety of solutions out there. Each piece of software comes with a list of features and claims of how they can excel your eCommerce business. Here are some useful features to look for when running a dropshipping business.
Product search and import
Product search enables you to search, choose, and import the products you want to sell, from popular dropshipping product marketplaces, including AliExpress, Alibaba, and Oberlo. More advanced tools include product research features for identifying profitable products.
Listing management tools allow you to download product information, make edits, and publish product listings – ideally, in bulk.
Order and fulfillment automation
Order and fulfillment automation automatically sends orders from your sales channels to your supplier for fulfillment. If you plan to work with multiple suppliers, look for a tool that allows you to prioritize suppliers at product-level.
Inventory automation syncs product data directly from your suppliers with your listing tool, including stock, SKU, and pricing information.
Pricing automation powers you to create pricing markup rules to price and re-price products in your store automatically. Look for a tool that allows you to set maximum and minimum price limits, and can update pricing synchronously across marketplaces to avoid being delisted.
Shipment tracking automatically updates your sales channels with shipping and tracking details from your supplier.
Finally, reports enable you to monitor your performance and sales so you can evaluate profits and execute strategies.
Together, these features streamline the day-to-day running of your dropshipping business, so you can spend time marketing and growing your business.
10 Tools to help you run a dropshipping business
Of course, there are plenty of dropshipping tools out there, incorporating some or all of these features. Which is the best? To help you choose the right dropshipping software for your business, we’ve narrowed down a list of 10 useful tools you can use.
1. AliExpress – product sourcing
AliExpress is a wholesale marketplace, ideal for dropshippers. It offers sellers millions of wholesale-priced products from around the world, with no minimum order requirements. And, the majority of AliExpress sellers are happy to ship products directly to your buyers.
2. Oberlo – product sourcing and importing
Oberlo is a product sourcing tool for dropshippers using Shopify. This app helps you to find and add products directly to your Shopify store, using advanced product performance data and pricing information to ensure that you make profitable decisions. Oberlo also comes with price notifications, order tracking, and variant mapping features, to make dropshipping even quicker.
Pricing plans: Free, $29.90/month, or $79.90/month.
3. Spocket – machine learning product sourcing, & fulfillment
If variety is your motivator, then Spocket gives you access to thousands of dropshipping suppliers from all over the world. Its 30,000 entrepreneurial users benefit from a machine learning product discovery tool that enables you to quickly order samples, an automatic processing tool that fulfills your orders with one click, and faster deliveries with 60% US or European suppliers.
Pricing plans: $12/month, or $49/month.
4. Ecomdash – order management
Ecomdash is a multi-channel inventory management system, with dropshipping automation functionality. You can set supplier prioritization to automatically route orders to the correct vendor, use SKU mapping to track the same products with different identifiers, and enable the automatic updating of sales channels with shipping and tracking details. You also benefit from integrations with platforms including Amazon, eBay, Shopify, and Walmart.
Pricing plans: $60/month, $90/month, $135/month, $190/month, $250/mont, or $350/month.
5. Spark Shipping – order, inventory, & shipping management
Spark Shipping works with all vendors, routing orders to the best suppliers, synchronizing inventory, and tracking shipping. It integrates with big online marketplaces and eCommerce platforms, including Shopify, Amazon, and eBay. Spark Shipping also integrates with multi-channel management solutions ChannelAdvisor and Zentail – giving you access to even more platforms and room for growth.
Pricing plans: $249/month, $499/month, or $999/month.
6. Inventory Source – listing, order, & inventory management
Inventory Source automatically uploads products, syncs inventory, and routes orders with dropship suppliers to your online marketplaces and eCommerce platform. It comes with more than 230 pre-integrated suppliers, with the ability to add your own custom integrations. Inventory Source also directly integrates with multi-channel software providers SellerActive, Skubana, and Sellbrite – allowing you to expand your business to over 25 online stores and marketplaces.
Pricing plans: Free, $99/month, or $150/month.
7. Ali2Woo – all-in-one WooCommerce tool
If you’re looking to use WooCommerce as your eCommerce platform, then the Ali2Woo WordPress plugin is the Oberlo equivalent. This plugin helps you to find and add products to your WooCommerce store from AliExpress. Ali2Woo comes with a significant features list, including product variations, inventory and pricing sync, pricing automation, shipping sync, and the ability to import product reviews in different languages.
Pricing plans: $42 one-time payment, $25/month, $70/month, or $230/month.
8. Dropified – all-in-one Shopify tool
If you want to integrate AliExpress with Shopify, then Dropified comes out top. Dropified comes complete with advanced product research tools, quick product-add, product review import, and automatic orders to power your Shopify dropshipping business. The platform can help manage multiple eCommerce stores too – allowing you to expand your business even further.
Pricing plans: $47/month, $127/month, $167/month.
9. Importify – all-in-one Shopify tool
Importify is another Shopify dropshipping integration tool. Their software has the ability to import products from more than 40 different wholesalers, making Importify an ideal tool for sellers who want variety. Features include “Shopify spying” to identify hot selling items, product import, pricing rules, semi-automatic order fulfillment, and custom descriptions.
Pricing plans: $14.95/month, $27.95/month, or $37.95/month.
Volusion’s eCommerce website store and shopping cart software makes dropshipping simple with its integrated tools. You can access thousands of US-based products directly from the platform and add them to your store in a single click – enabling you to set up, sell, and deliver quickly. Plus, with in-built order management, payment, and shipping tools, you can benefit from automatic updating across your eCommerce platforms.
Pricing plans: $26/month, $71/month, $161/month, $269/month.
How to decide on your dropshipping suite
Those are just 10 of many software options for dropshipping. The key to understanding which platform is right for your business is deciding:
- Which eCommerce platform and marketplaces you want to sell on.
- Where you want to source your products and suppliers from.
- Whether you want an all-in-one omni-channel management tool or a simple integration.
- What your budget is for tools, software, and services.
- Your plans for future growth, which only some suppliers may be able to keep up with.
Want to outsource your order fulfillment? Let us help
If your suppliers don’t offer dropshipping options, or you can’t find suppliers who deliver reliably, you can outsource fulfillment to Deliverr. Just connect your sales channels, send us your inventory, and let us do the rest.
Deliverr comes with:
- Transparent, all-inclusive, flat rate, nationwide fulfillment pricing.
- Simple storage and fulfillment fees, so you can easily make revenue projections.
- A quick and hassle-free onboarding experience.
We use an extensive warehouse network to place your inventory as close as possible to demand, so you can offer your buyers 2-day and 1-day delivery to boost your conversions.
We hope this guide helps!