Welcome to my review of Woodropship, if you are looking to start a dropshipping business and want to know if Woodropship can help you, I will tell all you need to know.
Dropshipping is one of the most popular ways to start an online business. However, even with its many benefits, it can be both frustrating and time consuming with the daily tasks that are required when running a dropshipping store. This is where Woodropship comes in, Woodropship is an online software application that will help you automate a lot of these tasks.
What is Dropshipping?
You may already have a pretty solid idea of what dropshippng is and how it works, if you don’t, read this article for a more thorough explanation and a step by step guide on how to start a dropshipping business.
Dropshipping is simply an eCommerce fulfilment method, all orders are fulfilled by your supplier or manufacturer. The image below provides a better visual representation.
Some of the benefits if dropshipping include the following:
- Low start-up costs
- High-profit margins
- No storage fees
- No delivery charges
Woodropship is a software application that comes in two parts, a web-app and a Chrome extension. It is a software that works exclusively with Woocommerce, for anyone not familiar with Woocommerce, it is the leading eCommerce WordPress plugin that powers most eCommerce stores around the web.
Woodropship Chrome Extension
The Chrome extension is mainly used to import products from AliExpress into the Woodropship web-app. It has three settings that will decide the following;
- The shipping method – Most people who dropship with Aliexpress use ePacket, this is one of the fastest and cheapest shipping methods and used for shipping small and lightweight items. ePacket usually takes 7-20 days and this is the shipping method most dropshippers use. Other shipping methods you can filter by are; China Post Registered Air Mail, AliExpress Standard Shipping, EMS, DHL, FEDEX, UPS, Singapore Post and TNT. The cheapest shipping method is Standard AliExpress but delivery may take over a month and is not suitable for dropshipping.
- Shipping Country – Select the country you want to ship to the item to.
- Currency – Supports payment with EUR, GBP and USD.
It’s an easy tool to use as can be seen in the video below.
The web-app is where all the magic happens, one thing you will notice straight away is its user interface is very easy to navigate. Some of the data you can analyse from the dashboard include the following;
- Products On Sale
There are also quick links on the left sidebar to AliExpress, the Chrome extension and live chat to a support agent.
On the main dashboard, there is a blue button that says ‘connect store’, connecting your store is pretty straightforward as you just need to enter your store URL when you are prompted and your store will be synced with the app.
There is also some helpful information should you run into any problems with connecting your store.
Woodropship comes with some amazing features that can be all accessed from the dashboard, these features include the following:
Add Products – You will be able to import products from the app to your WooCommerce store
Change Product Description – Change the title, description and images
Edit product images – remove watermarks, adjust the image size and make your store look professional
Set pricing rules for each product – This is a really cool feature that will help you to stay in profit, the feature allows you to set pricing rules in bulk instead of having to do price each product individually. However, there are drawbacks to this feature because you cannot have different rules for different products, all pricing rules will be applied across the board.
There are two ways to set up these rules, they are;
- Fixed markup – You can add a fixed amount to the original cost of the product
- Fixed multiplier – Multiply the original cost with a fixed multiplier.
Partially Automated Order Fulfilment – Fulfil orders with the click of few buttons, you will not need to fill in any customer information as that would be automatically filled in when you confirm your customer’s orders on AliExpress.
Automatic Inventory and Pricing Update – You can adjust settings in the app so that you will be alerted when products you are selling go out of stock or if the supplier changes their pricing. This is another useful feature that will help you stay in profit and you will never have to worry about having out of stock products in your store
Support and Training
This is one of the disappointing aspects of WooDropship, although there is support in the form of live chat, it does take a while to get hold of a customer service agent and get help.
I was also disappointed by the lack of training they provided, there is a help section where you can find small articles on how to get started with WooDropship. However, there is no in-depth guide on things like choosing a product to sell, how to start a dropshipping business, advertising on Facebook and Google etc.
I mention these things because there are a few other similar dropshipping software like Alidropship and Obrlo that provide fantastic support and training.
Although to be fair on WooDropship, they provide you with exactly what they say and that is a functioning dropshipping app. However, if they want to stay competitive with the likes of Alidropship, Oberlo and Dropified, they will need to up their game and provide comprehensive training guides and resources to help out first-time dropshippers.
WooDropship Custom Made Store
If you don’t have time to design a store or are not very technical minded, WooDropship do offer service where they will build a custom-made store for you. It will cost you $99 which is the lowest price I have seen for such a service.
You will have to research a niche and provide a domain name and they will take care of the rest. For $99 dollars you will get the following;
- Premium WooCommerce Store
- 1 Year Shared Hosting
- SSL Certificate
- Customised Logo
- Payment Gateway Setup
- Free WooDropship Pro For 1 Month
You must remember that building a niche dropshipping store is just part of the overall business plan. There must be a plan for how to market and advertise your store so that it is profitable, sometimes people forget this when ordering a custom made store.
There are three pricing plans and you can get free access to the cheapest plan for 7-days. All plans come with the full features, the only difference being how many product variants you can have in your store.
WooDropship is a decent dropshipping app it comes with a few automation features that will make the day to day running of a dropshipping store less time-consuming.
The app and the Chrome extension are very easy to use and there is not a steep learning curve which is perfect for those looking to start their first dropshipping business.
However, I do have some issues with it, the main one being support and training. I realise this is a relatively new company but support could be vastly improved and they could improve the training by providing more comprehensive guides on a variety of topics related to dropshipping.
Having said that it is a very good product and it is worth checking out to see if it is suitable for your needs.