After setting up a stand-alone station, sellers should pay close attention to logistics. Setting up the right logistics plan can not only cut down on logistics costs, but it can also improve the customer experience, integrate logistics resources, and look into new forms of logistics
Most of the time, independent sellers can choose from three shipping options.
(1) Self-delivery from China, also called “virtual warehouse delivery,” is the first way.
This is a type of self-delivery in the United States and an overseas warehouse method of delivery. When an independent station makes some orders, these orders are marked as “end-to-end delivery orders” in the United States (US), and they are then packed up and sent to warehouses in other countries. Unpack directly from overseas warehouses and send orders to the end of the United States.
At the moment, most independent station sellers in the U.S. still do their own shipping from China. Self-delivery is usually light and small, and the price per customer is usually high. Postal service is an option. packet, internationality, express delivery, special line, logistics, and so on.
The postal network covers almost the whole world and is bigger than any other way to move things. Advantages: All over the world, a lot of channels, low cost, Because they usually leave the country in private packages, they can’t get the normal tax breaks for exports. Slow speed and a lot of lost packets.
You can also use international express because you can make a lot of money from it. International express is a term for the four biggest companies in the commercial express business: DHL, TNT, UPS, and Federal. International express has strict rules about how information must be given, collected, and managed. It is supported by a global network that it built itself and an international information system. The pros are fast speed, good service, and a low rate of packet loss. Cons: It’s expensive, and shipping costs vary a lot.
EMS, SF Express, and “four links and one delivery” are the main types of domestic express delivery (Shentong, Yuantong, Zhongtong, Huitong, Yunda). EMS’s international business is pretty well developed and can reach more than 60 countries around the world through the mail. The pros are that it is fast and cheap. Disadvantages include not having enough experience, not being able to control the market, and not being able to reach as many overseas markets.
Special Line Delivery Method
For the other country on the market, special line logistics is a special line delivery method. It has a pretty set time for when the goods will be delivered, cheaper shipping costs than express logistics, and double clearance. For cross-border e-commerce in a certain country or region, special line logistics is a better way to handle logistics. The pros are the low price, fast speed, and low rate of packet loss. Disadvantages: Domestic collection isn’t as big as it could be.
(2) Dropshipping is the second way to do it (no supply)
AliExpress is used by most domestic sellers to do dropshipping. Go to AliExpress, place an order, and let the supplier send it directly to the customer. Shipping will be better for the customer.
(3) The third way is to use an overseas warehouse.
Overseas warehousing service is the one-stop control and management service of goods warehousing, sorting, packaging, and delivery that is offered by online foreign trade trading platforms and logistics service providers, either separately or together, for sellers in sales destinations. That is, the goods are kept in a local warehouse by the seller, and when the buyer needs them, they are sorted, packed, and sent to the buyer on time. Also, most of the big sellers at independent stations use warehouses overseas.
Reduce logistics costs, offer flexible and reliable return and exchange options, give customers in other countries more confidence to buy from you, and speed up delivery.
Things are easy to hold, but it’s hard for sellers to keep track of everything.
There are a number of things that independent website sellers need to keep in mind when choosing a method of shipping.
(1) Country where you’re going
When choosing a logistics provider, you should pay attention to whether the countries it can reach and the main countries it transports to match its own business scope.
(2) Shipping time
If the way the business works or the customer doesn’t care much about shipping time, you should choose a logistics provider based on price and safety. On the other hand, there must be a special line or express logistics provider that works together.
(3) The goods
When it comes to choosing a logistics provider for special products, there are more rules.
(4) If door-to-door collection is possible
Logistics providers usually pick up from door to door, and they will only pick up a certain number of packages. Please talk to the logistics provider about specific quantities or restrictions.