Having fast delivery times when dropshipping is definitely a great way to increase your sales in 2021. I will give you a short answer below, then give you some reasons why having fast delivery times matters and why it doesn’t matter. I will then give you my tips to get faster delivery times for your dropshipping store! Are you ready?
Having fast delivery times means fewer customers are going to ask where their package is. This then means less chance that your customers are going to ask for a refund while their order is still on its way! The use of local dropshipping suppliers will definitely help you with this, but how do you find these local suppliers?
Do you need to have a fast delivery time when dropshipping?
If you know already a bit about dropshipping, then you know that the delivery time when dropshipping from China is around 2-4 weeks before the package reaches your customer.
This is a long time for sure.
Imagine yourself ordering something online. Can you wait a few weeks? Or do you want to have it the next day, or at least within a week?
For most of you that are reading this, it’s the second one for sure.
Although, I’m not saying that having delivery times like the first one on your dropshipping store are bad to have.
You get these kinds of delivery times when you’re dropshipping from China.
One of the biggest reasons people will still buy from you is if the product is worth the wait.
Let me explain.
Would you wait for 2-4 weeks for a sandwich maker that you can also buy in the store next door?
I don’t think so…
But what if it’s a special sandwich maker that you’ve never seen before, and it is also in your favorite color? Would you care if it says you might need to wait for 2-4 weeks before it’s in your house?
I wrote this and more in my other article about how to deal with long shipping times when dropshipping with AliExpress.
So this means that long delivery times don’t really matter, but faster delivery times are definitely great to have and will improve your dropshipping store in many ways, like fewer people asking where their package is.
What expectations do people have regarding delivery times when ordering online?
Did you know that 45% of US consumers expect that orders placed by 1 PM to 4 PM are eligible for next-day delivery? (Source)
So, how do you meet these kinds of expectations consumers have when shopping at your dropshipping store?
And I’m not even talking about all the expectations that are set on ecommerce stores after Amazon took off.
For example, did you know that 59% of Amazon’s total US customers have Amazon Prime memberships? (Source)
In case you don’t know what Amazon Prime is, you can click here to learn more about what it includes. You will see that it includes a lot, but the most important thing is that it includes free two-day delivery.
A report of late 2017 shows that the maximum delivery time that shoppers will accept in order to receive free shipping is on average 4.5 days. That’s down a full day from 5.5 days in a similar survey in 2012.
To make it even worse, prime members expect their free deliveries to arrive on average within a maximum of 3.8 days.
Well, even the fastest shipping (and most expensive one) doesn’t bring your products from China to your customer in, for example, the US in one day.
Even FedEx will take around three business days before they have delivered your product(s).
So what then? What can you do to get faster delivery times for your dropshipping store?
Keep on reading, and I will show you!
So, how do you get faster delivery times when dropshipping?
Even if you’re using all the tips everyone is giving about dealing with long shipping times when dropshipping China (AliExpress most of the times), it will still take around 2-4 weeks (sometimes a week or less, depending on the country you’re sending it to) before the package arrives at the doorstep of your customer.
So, what do you do if you want to have a delivery time of a week or less? Maybe even a few days?
You need to use local dropshipping suppliers!
This means that you dropship from the country that you’re selling in.
So, for example, if you want to sell in the US, you then need to find a supplier inside the US that could dropship the product(s) that you want to sell in your dropshipping store.
This will decrease your shipping times by a lot!
How do you find local dropshipping suppliers to get faster delivery times for your store?
My tip for you is to take a look at Spocket.
In case you don’t know them, this is for you.
They are a platform that connects people that want to dropship with dropshipping suppliers.
Do you know what the great thing is when you want to dropship to the US or Europe and you’ve got suppliers that are based there?
It decreases the delivery time by a lot!
This means that instead of 2-4 weeks of delivery time to the US, it will hopefully only be a few days!
And they are definitely doing a great job in that! They even raised $1.2 million in 2018 to further grow their company.
Pricing plans at Spocket currently start at just $19 per month, and they offer a 14-day free trial for each plan.
One of the great things that you can get when upgrading your account to the pro plan is that you can have branded invoicing. This is great if your dropshipping store is growing.
They also have some great reviews as you can see in my screenshot below:
If you want to check Spocket out then you can click here, or you can click on the image below!
If you think Spocket will do nothing for you, don’t worry!
You can check out Spocket’s alternatives here, or you can check out one of our three big lists with awesome dropshipping suppliers for you:
- 14 Best Free Dropshipping Suppliers (+ Niche Suppliers Included)
- The 14 Best Dropshipping Suppliers in Europe (Free & Paid)
- The 17 Best Free US Dropshipping Suppliers
As you can see, tons of dropshipping companies can help you with getting faster delivery times.
But what if you still want to keep dropshipping from AliExpress?
No problem! Dropshipping with AliExpress is definitely a great start for when you’re just beginning with dropshipping.
In case you do want to use AliExpress for your dropshipping store (dropshipping from China), I suggest reading my other article here. It contains five tips for dealing with the long shipping times when dropshipping with AliExpress.
Yes, your shipping times will take longer than if you dropship locally, like I talked about above, but I’m sure you can decrease your shipping times a lot by following my tips in that article!
Do you want one example here? Well… look at the processing time from your AliExpress suppliers.
Some suppliers only have 1-day processing time, but some have a whole week!
Less processing time means less total time that it takes before the package arrives at your customer’s doorstep!
You can even find AliExpress suppliers that are shipping from a warehouse located in, for example, the US. (You can learn here how to find them)
Getting started with dropshipping in 2021
So, are you ready to get started with dropshipping? Or maybe you have already started, but you’re looking to get some inspiration?
If so, I suggest reading my complete Shopify dropshipping guide!
It’s a huge article, but it contains everything that you need to know to create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2021. It’s like a dropshipping course, but for free!
Reading this article will help you to get started and stay motivated while beginning and continuing your dropshipping journey!
Just don’t forget that success takes time. Keep improving each and every day!
Here are some of my best articles:
- AliExpress Dropshipping Complete Guide for Beginners! (2021)
- The Complete Guide: Can You Start Dropshipping Without Money in 2021?
- 12 Reasons Why Most People Fail With Dropshipping in 2021 | Beat Them!
- 23 Awesome Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples
Also, if you haven’t created a Shopify account yet, then you can click here to get a free 14-day trial!
Fast delivery time dropshipping: Conclusion
So, there you have my tips on how to get faster delivery times on your dropshipping store!
I hope you now see that having fast delivery times is important, but don’t forget that dropshipping with local dropshipping suppliers has other benefits as well. You can read more about these benefits in this article here.
Although, if your product is worth waiting for then dropshipping with long shipping times (AliExpress) is still alright! Just try to keep my tips in mind to make your AliExpress delivery time as short as possible.
If you got any more tips regarding having a faster delivery time when dropshipping, or if have any questions, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top!
Good luck with your dropshipping store! Don’t forget that success takes time and a lot of effort!