Retail e-commerce continues to grow. In 2020 the global e-commerce market was valued at $4.28 trillion US, and projections estimate e-commerce at a total of $5.4 trillion US by 2022.
For entrepreneurs hoping to join the trend or expand their e-commerce sites, such growth represents opportunity.
One part of this growth has to do with dropshipping: it’s never been easier to enter the e-commerce world.
Drop shipping integrates with your site, so that you create the designs for your products, market your products, and sell to your customers. But you never go through the time-consuming steps of printing, packaging and shipping your goods. A dropshipping company does those parts for you.
The best dropshipping for e-commerce sites integrate fully with your SaaS (software-as-a-service) ecommerce solutions or your PoS (point of sale) system. In doing so, you do not have a separate step of re-entering customer orders for your dropshipper--a process that can be time-consuming and lead to inaccuracies.
To work with a dropshipper for t-shirt design, you:
Then, your customers place an order, which goes directly to your drop shipping service, and your dropshipper:
Never in the process described above do you have to print or handle inventory.
Your mockup will let you ensure that your product “looks right” to you. You also use the images from your mockup to sell on your various sales channels (website, social media, etc).
Dropshipping is print-on-demand, so you never need to keep an inventory.
If you choose to, you can order your mockup, so that you can see your final product, but you do not have to.
Print-on-demand means that your shirts are printed at the time an order is placed, so no inventory needs to be stocked. Your drop shipper may choose to print “extra” to keep up with a high demand sale period, but not normally.
Orders can be fulfilled the very same day they are ordered, depending on the time of day. Even large orders can be filled quickly. There’s never excess inventory costs to you.
There are several ways dropshipping can save you money:
Online business twenty years ago included mostly fulfilling inventory and then standing in line at the post office to ship goods. No more.
Your drop shipping company does all of this at no upfront cost to you.
The global t-shirt industry is growing, making millions of dollars for someone out there, why not you?
You don’t need much to get going with a custom t-shirt business--just a design, a plan and a dropshipping partner. Getting going can take as little as a single day!
With great designs and the sales channels to sell them on, you can soon have orders coming in and a dropshipping company fulfilling them.
Not all dropshippers are created equal. Here are some key points to look for:
At T-shirt Labs we know shirts.
We are based in the Tampa Bay Area and provide local expertise, direct from our warehouse. But we also know e-commerce. We can help you make your t-shirt business a reality with our fulfillment services.