[MUSIC PLAYING] COREY FERREIRA: Depending on how your supplier wants to receive your orders, such as by email, there are different ways you can help automate this process so that when your Shopify store receives an order that order's information is automatically sent to your supplier. If your supplier accepts email, the easiest method is to setup, within Shopify, an automated email that is sent to a supplier whenever an order is placed on your store. To do this, first head into Shopify and click Settings.
Within Settings, click Shipping. Within Shipping, scroll down until you get Additional shipping methods. You'll see Dropshipping and fulfillment services. Click Add dropshipping service. Scroll down until you see Custom order fulfillment and click Add custom order fulfillment service. Let's enter the name of our supplier here along with their email. It's a good idea to ask your supplier ahead of time which email they'd like the orders to be sent to.
Now head over to products and edit the products that are going to be dropshipped by the supplier you just added. If it's all products, you'll need to do the following for each product. Under Shipping, FULFILLMENT SERVICE, choose your dropshipper from the dropdown menu. You may also want to edit the SKU-- stock-keeping unit of your product to match the supplier's. You can ask them for their SKUs if you don't know what it is. This way, when the supplier receives an order for this product, they'll know exactly which product to fulfill the order with, even if you give your products your own unique names.
Lastly, you might want to edit what the email looks like in case you want to omit or add any information to your supplier. Head over to Settings and click Notifications. The email named Fulfillment request on their shipping is the one you want to look at. Here you can edit the template, send a test email, and preview the email. Here's what the default email looks like. Alternatively, you can send emails out to your supplier manually for each order you receive.
This is OK in the beginning. But I highly recommend at least the above described method once more orders start rolling in. Most suppliers will want to receive your orders and send you invoices via email. However, there are suppliers that will prefer instant messaging or Excel slash PDF uploads via their file transfer protocol system. Whichever they use or prefer, they'll likely help you out getting started since every supplier has their preferences and unique order flows.
Once you send your suppliers your orders either in batches every day or as the orders come in, they'll likely send you an invoice. The vast majority of suppliers will accept payment in one of three ways-- credit card, PayPal, or net terms. When you're starting out, most suppliers will prefer you pay by credit card or PayPal. However, another common way to pay suppliers is with net terms on invoice.
This means that you have a certain number of days to pay the supplier for the goods that you've purchased. So if you're on a net 30 terms, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to pay your supplier usually by check or bank transfer for the goods you purchased. Usually a supplier will provide you credit references before offering net payment terms because it's effectively lending you money. This is a common practice. So don't be alarmed if you have to provide some documentation when paying on net terms.
Finally, let's go through optimizing our store for success. In the next lesson, we're to go over some tips to make your dropshipping store run smoothly and successfully. See you there. [MUSIC PLAYING]