Being Wholesale Suppliers Online and Servicing South Africa
Why don’t you just do retail too, as a wholesaler? Or why not start a wholesale supply if you are a retailer? You know the market is there, no matter which side of that fence you are currently sampling. It is true that both legacy and online businesses do dabble in both wholesale and retail sometimes. The roadside farmer’s stall comes to mind, as do a host of tech resellers online. When either wholesale or retail is going to be but an extra opportunity to enhance income, however slightly, that is not a bad thing. Your core business remains the same, you are just taking advantage of your industry presence to optimise sales, not so?
Well, for one thing, it is far easier to retail as a wholesaler than vice-versa. Make no mistake, retail costs. Catering for the public has its own set of inescapable expenses, but it is still usually far easier to start retailing as a wholesaler than start a production as a retailer. Conventional wisdom would dictate that, provided it costs an acceptable percentage of turnover to establish a retail or wholesale presence, and that the expansion into the alternative arena will constitute a demonstrable increase in income, rather than an unknown drain on existing income, go for it. Returning to retailers who would wholesale, it is fair to say that the bulk, the warehousing, and simply the roll of a wholesale business, will require a huge investment in space or machinery, or both.
Think of your local PostNet as opposed to the warehouse facility of a major national courier, in an industrial park. One is a lot easier and cheaper to establish and run than the other!
Wholesale suppliers’ supply chains run very differently to retail affairs, and conventional wisdom also says that, if your desire to get into the alternate industry is going to imperil your current income, it is a mistake. Especially online, retailers have to provide great service and extreme currency for the purposes of SEO and continual relevance. Any shift in focus will likely see the retail store suffer.
In Online Retail Life, Wholesale Suppliers Make All the Difference
Taken to its logical online conclusion, the debate above distills into the simple fact that retailers online cannot hope to succeed at dropshipping while still having to deal with a wholesale supplier’s stresses and challenges. If you are dropshipping in South Africa, isn’t it fantastic to know that there are legitimately wholesale dropshipping suppliers right here at home? And it is fantastic because:
- An online dropshipping wholesaler totally “gets” your retail dropshipping store, understands what is needed, understands their role, and is also completely intimate with your home market.
- An online wholesaler eliminates the potential death traps for dropshippers in SA and everywhere else, namely establishing relationships of trust around the reliability and quality of goods sourced, and policing those supply chains to keep things running smoothly. That is a business in and of itself, and it is, indeed, the heart of wholesale dropshipping supply – finding the right stuff from people with integrity and making sure that manufacturing and delivery take place as agreed.
- The best online wholesale suppliers are symbiotic. They understand that their success is completely bound to your success, and they seek to work in tandem for best effects. Many suppliers talk it, but very few invest and build their model in such a truly empowering way – empowering for you.
Ecomstock is a Huge Piece of Your Dropshipping Puzzle Solved
If you are thinking about dropshipping, are involved in dropshipping, or have been involved for so long you feel like you invented it, everyone can benefit from a dynamic wholesale supplier like Ecomstock. We know what moves, we know what quality is, we know how to supply on a rolling basis. We know how to deliver to your clients, and we know how to keep everyone in the loop all the way through.
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