Having a fast delivery time when dropshipping is definitely a great way to increase your sales in 2019. I will give you a short answer below to then give you some reasons why having a fast delivery time matters and why it doesn’t matter. I will then give you my tip to get a faster delivery time for your dropshipping store! Are you ready?
Having a fast delivery time 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 never saw before and 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 U.S. 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 then 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, then 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.
Alright, one more, okay?
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) don’t bring your products from China to your customer in, for example, the U.S. in one day.
Even FedEx will take around 3 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 to Get a Faster Delivery Time 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), then 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 to 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, you want to sell in the U.S. you then need to find a supplier inside the U.S. that could dropship the product(s) that you want to sell in your dropshipping store.
This will decrease your shipping time a lot!
How do you find local dropshipping suppliers to get faster delivery time for your store?
My tip for you is to take a look at Spocket.
In case you don’t know them, then this is for you.
They are a platform that connects people, that want to dropship, with dropshipping suppliers.
Around 60% of these suppliers are from the U.S. and Europe!
Do you know what the great thing is when you want to dropship to the U.S. or Europe and you 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 U.S, you will hopefully only have 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 $9 per month and they offer a 14-day free trial for each plan.
One of the great things that you get when upgrading your account to the pro plan is that you can have branded invoicing. Which is great if your dropshipping store is growing and 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!
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), then I suggest reading my other article here. It contains 5 tips to deal with the long shipping times when dropshipping with AliExpress.
Yes, your shipping time will take longer than if you dropship locally, like I talked about above, but I’m sure you can decrease your shipping time 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 U.S.
So, there you have my tip on how to get faster delivery times on your dropshipping store!
I hope you now see that having a fast delivery time is important.
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 Me” button at the top!
Good luck with your dropshipping store! Don’t forget that success takes time and a lot of effort!