You’re probably wondering the impact of Chinese Coronavirus and Dropshipping on your business.
Perhaps you don’t know the steps to take or you’re simply wondering the long term effect it’s going to have on dropshipping.
No doubt about it…
The Chinese Wuhan Coronavirus is already affecting e-commerce and most especially dropshipping and those into the wholesale and inventory.
However, does this mean dropshipping is dead?
Nah… Far from it!
It’s true, the majority of the products sold online worldwide are sourced and manufactured from the Chinese factory.
which can be accredited for the cause for alarm since the inception of the coronavirus in Wuhan the capital of Hubel province in China.
As a result of this, the Chinese government is taking precautions to keep the situation under control and keeping her population safe.
Majority of the Chinese cities are under quarantine and all airport and long public transportation are under lockdown.
All these steps are taken to keep the situation under control and hopefully, we’re going to see a positive turnout of the event.
However, pending the time the situation will be contained, what does this mean for your dropshipping business and what alternatives steps can you take?
These and more are what I’ll be sharing you in this post and the possible ways not to be a victim of the business situation.
What Does the Coronavirus Mean for Dropshipping?
This is basically going to hold all business activity from within China. The priority of the Chinese government is the safety of the general public.
This has the Chinese government to set preventive measures that disrupt the free movement of goods and people from China. All logistics companies are also incapacitated without any mean of exporting goods out of China.
Equally, all small scale business owners that have invested in products that are delayed already in China without any means of shipping them across will be seriously affected unless the whole situation is under control.
The best rule of thumb right now is not to panic as the Chinese government is taking drastic measure to have the whole situation under control.
Hopefully, the whole event will turn out positively. If you’ve placed an existing order from China, your order might be delayed until the whole situation is under control.
Since the manufacturing and logistics facilities are all under temporal shut down in China there’s no way you can have your parcel shipped until the whole atmosphere is cleared.
And on the other way round, if you have any current orders from your customers that needed to be fulfilled, you’ll need to contact them and prepare them for the possible delay of their products.
Common Question About Coronavirus And Dropshipping
Before I go into the alternatives ways and how to manage the coronavirus and your dropshipping business, let me answer some of the common questions.
#1: Can The Coronavirus Spread Through Parcel From China?
Majority of people ordering products from China have been asking about the chances of contracting the coronavirus via parcel shipped from China.
Well, it only normal to be scared since the subject matter is a VIRUS!
But for the question, the answer is NO!
The coronavirus cannot spread through parcel from china according to the World Health Organization (WHO)
Equally, according to the CDC, there has been no evidence suggesting that the virus can spread through shipment of parcels from China.
The virus is contracted through respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes and they have very poor survival on the surface.
This means none of the coronaviruses can survive on an object surface for a very long time except it’s been transmitted from person to person.
#2: When Will The Chinese Suppliers Resumed Work?
With the current state of the situation, it’s very uncertain when the manufacturers and suppliers will resume their usual operation.
The Chinese New Year holiday is already extended because of the coronavirus and hopefully, everything should be back to normal soon as the whole situation is under control.
Logistic companies cannot work also because the transport routes and companies are under locked down.
However, with the pace at which the Chinese government is working to cub the whole situation and stopping the spread of the virus beyond the Hubei province, hopefully, all work should resume soon.
How To Manage The Coronavirus And Your Dropshipping Business
If you’re a drop shipper or perhaps you’re thinking of starting a new dropshipping business, what should be your reaction toward the threat posed by the coronavirus and your dropshipping business?
I’ll be discussing all the necessary steps you need to take to manage your business amidst the whole situation.
#1: Stop All Dropshipping Ad Campaigns
If you have an existing dropshipping store linked to suppliers in China, it will be better you stop all adverts as they won’t be able to process any orders pending the situation on ground.
#2: Contact Your Customers
If you have customers that already placed an order on your dropshipping store, it will be necessary to contact them about the delay of their products or perhaps refund their money.
This will help increase your customer trust and loyalty in your brand. You, however, don’t need to mention Coronavirus to avoid further panic.
You could simply tell them that due to increase in order or new stock that assembling products to be shipped will take few days.
And make sure you apologize for any inconvenience caused.
#3: Source For US and Europe Based Suppliers
The best option with the situation on ground is to look for suppliers outside china or contact your Chinese supplier and ask them if they have a warehouse outside China.
Some of these Chinese suppliers have warehouses in the US and other Europeans countries.
Contacting them can let you know if you can make use of their warehouse outside China to meet the needs of your customers.
The AliDropship plugin for WordPress/WooCommerce has this inbuilt feature that lets you import products from AliExpress supplier having warehouses outside China.
The Best Alternative To China Dropshipping
Pending the time the whole issue with the Chinese coronavirus is resolved I’ve handpicked just two best alternatives for China dropshipping.
Spocket is a dropshipping marketplace with supplier base in the US and EU with 2 – 5 shipping days of your products.
They have a Shopify app and a WooCommerve plugin that integrates your store with their marketplace where you can import and fulfil orders with just a click of the button.
All suppliers on Spocket are located within the US and EU making shipping of your products way faster compared to shipping from AliExpress.
You can have your product shipped from any location depending on your customer location. You can get started for free and see how the platform works.
#2: Funnel Genie
Funnel Genie is a new way of doing dropshipping. It’s a Cash on Delivery Dropshipping model whereby you don’t have to invest in product upfront.
You just need to choose a product from their carefully selected winning products and sell with the pre-made sales funnel and sales copy on the product page.
With funnel genie, you’ll also get paid for every leads generated by your ad’s campaign. Your only requirement is to pick a product and promote.
All payment for products is paid by customers upon deliveries and payments for merchants are processed and send within a week.
Product shipping is usually within 2 – 5days which make it an hassle-free way of selling products online. You can check it out here!
Final Thought on Coronavirus and Dropshipping
I think it’s an established fact now that the virus cannot be spread through parcel shipment according to the CDC and World Health Organization.
For those having an existing store and pending orders, you’ll need to take a little patience as the Chinese government takes perfect control of the whole situation.
However, pending that time, you can take advantage of Spocket with supplier base in the US and EU for sourcing your products.
Funnel Genie, on the other hand, is slightly different from the usual way of doing dropshipping plus you don’t have to wait till things are sorted in China.
You just need to pick a product and promote and your customers pays upon delivery. No inventory, no website, no products research all product listed are tested hot selling products.
That’s it on how coronavirus can affect your dropshipping business. What do you think? Let’s hear your thought using the comment box!