Dropshipping is a great way to meet customer demand in a flexible and reliable way, but different sellers use dropshipping in different ways. That's why SKULabs offers different ways to manage dropshipped orders/items, both manually and through intelligent automation.

Integration with sales channel settings

Whenever possible, it's ideal for your sales channel to be in charge of directing dropshipped items to the appropriate supplier. This is especially handy for products that are always dropshipped, since there is no decision making to be done based on stock availability or shipping cost.

Some sales channels offer built-in support for dropshipping and can communicate with your suppliers as soon as orders with dropshipped products are placed. For example, Shopify offers custom fulfillment services that allow you to link products to third-party fulfillment services.

SKULabs recognizes when these fulfillment services are responsible for dropshipping order items and will hide those from view during picking and shipping. That way, your team can focus on just the items they need to ship out of your warehouse.

Setting up dropshipping distributors

SKULabs maintains a list of distributors that you order goods from in our Purchasing section. Distributors can have custom part numbers and prices for the items you purchase from them, and you can easily create purchase orders from other parts of SKULabs, such as the Items list and Orders list.

Distributors can also be utilized for dropshipping workflows. If you rely on a distributor frequently for dropshipping, here are some steps to make dropshipping easier:

  1. If you haven't already, visit the Inventory Settings page and fill in the Purchase Order Emails settings and verify your e-mail address.
  2. Visit the Distributors page and select Add distributor to set up the new distributor.
  3. In addition to the distributor's contact information and communication settings, be sure to enable the Email distributor when POs are created setting.
  4. (Optional) If you receive regular inventory updates from this distributor regarding inventory available for dropshipping, create a Warehouse for use as the distributor's Default Warehouse.

Manually creating a dropship order

Once your dropshipping distributors are set up, it's easy to direct orders and order items to them as needed. There are two ways you can approach this effectively:

For a single order

With an order open, scroll down to the Purchase Orders panel and select Add Purchase Order.

For multiple orders

On the Processing orders page, select the orders you wish to dropship, then select Create purchase orders from the Actions menu.

Specifying dropshipped items

When creating purchase orders, note that you can send orders to multiple dropshippers at once by selecting specific distributors for each order item. If an order item isn't to be dropshipped, select the Delete button for that row.

When you select Save, purchase orders will be created under the status you specified. If one or more of the distributors you issued orders to have the Email distributor when POs are created setting enabled, they'll automatically receive emails with the relevant order and item info, and the relevant purchase order(s) will have their status set accordingly.

Dropshipping automation

Many sellers will always dropship certain items if an order is shipping to a particular region, or based on other order criteria. In many of these cases, dropshipping can be automated through the use of shipping rules:

For most filters and actions, shipping rules will trigger as soon as an order syncs into SKULabs, assuming the order meets the criteria specified. For further assistance automating your dropshipping workflows, please contact our support team.

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