Many online retailers use dropshipping, the fulfillment model that allows you to buy products individually from a wholesaler and ship them directly to your customer. There is an advantage for some clients in not having to purchase and manage a large inventory.
WooCommerce Dropshipping Extension
This tool integrates the process easily by sending automated order notification emails to wholesale dropshippers when an order is placed on your WooCommerce site. It’s a pretty simple extension.
Adding a Supplier
Under products, you will find an option for supplier. Here is where you can add the suppliers.
Assign a Product to a Dropshipper
Assigning a product to a specific dropshipper is easy. Just create or open the products settings and on the right side you will find the option to choose the supplier.
The Supplier Inventory
You will also be able to import the inventory with suppliers who have a CSV of their inventory. You can go to your list of suppliers, click on Inventory CSV and then import the CSV provided from your supplier.
There are options on how the CSV is processed in WooCommerce. These can be set per supplier. By clicking on the edit of a supplier, you first see the basic settings you used to set up the supplier.
You will also get your CVS Import Settings here. You have a choice of two methods for how the CVS files are configured. There is a slight difference in the settings for each.
The Quantity on Hand is used if the format your supplier has sent you includes the stock they have in inventory.
The other option is Indicator. Your supplier may, through their CSV, choose to just tell you whether it’s in stock or not, rather than list a quantity. For example it may be in either of these formats: Y/N or 1/0.
Packing Slips and Email Notifications
Here you see what content you can use to customize the packing slip. There are a couple of options as far as customizing it for all of your suppliers vs. for specific suppliers. This involves some backend work in duplicating a file of this plugin and adding a bit of code, but they have details on how to do it in their documentation.
The Email Notifications are used to send the supplier a notification to ship the product when the order is processing. Here is the email order note.
Here is the information you will put in for the generated packing slip for your supplier.
Here is where you will control the labels on the packing slip. There are some guidelines to follow, so read through this and test it as well.
You can also add any additional comments to the packing slip.
This allows you to add an inventory pad that is used as a way to notify suppliers and avoid any out of stock statuses.
If you wold like to send the supplier a CSV file to be included in the email, you can toggle that on here.
If you want to add the order information as a PDF that goes to your supplies, and they can use as a packing slip, you can optionally turn that on and choose what information you want included.
If you have issues with this email going out you may want to toggle this on as a possible solution. And if you want to have them come from a specific name and email, you can add that as well.
Lastly, in this section, if you are using AliExpress, there is now a chrome extension that you can import products into the store. You will just need to click this button on this page and follow the instructions.
Bulk Assign Products to Suppliers
It’s very easy to do this. Just choose the Supplier from your dropdown, select all the products and apply.
So that’s it. The beauty of WooCommerce is the chance to integrate most options you can think of with online selling through an extension. But if you have client projects and they are thinking about using WooCommerce with dropshipping, or are currently using WooCommerce, the WooCommerce Dropshipping extension is certainly an option to look at.