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How to Prepare Your Dropshipping Business for Chinese New Year 2022? | Top 3 Tips on Avoiding the Impact of CNY

The Chinese New Year of 2022 will start at the end of January, so why blog about it in November? You may ask. If you think now is too early for this topic, then you have no idea how effective this traditional festival could be for your business.
In this article, we are going to talk about this traditional festival and its effects on eCommerce from three perspectives.

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year of 2022 will start at the end of January, so why blog about it in November? You may ask. If you think now is too early for this topic, then you have no idea how effective this traditional festival could be for your business.

In this article, we are going to talk about this traditional festival and its effects on eCommerce from three perspectives.

Contents

Ⅰ. A brief introduction of CNY.

Ⅱ. Why would CNY affect your dropshipping business?

Ⅲ. How to avoid the impact of CNY?

What is CNY?

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is the world’s largest annual human migration. Chinese people have this strong belief in going back home to reunite with families for the spring festival. If you understand the phenomenon of Thanksgiving in the US, then just multiply the obsessiveness by ten. Technically speaking, this public holiday lasts for seven days, but the real situation can be extended way longer.

Why would CNY affect your dropshipping business?

To most people, especially those who work in the factories, the spring festival is the one time of the year to get back home and visit their families. Thus it’s no surprise every year around that time, everything will be paused for at least one week. And to dropshippers, the impact of this time-out will be majorly presented in 4 aspects.

  • Products Out of Stock

On average, factories in China slow down the production 10-15 days before the holiday begins officially, which is the CNY’s eve, as a lot of workers will ask for leave to extend the holiday. And because the stability of labor in the manufacturing industry is pretty poor, there normally would be a production low-ebb for one or two weeks after the holiday, many people will just take spring festival as a turning point and try to get a new job after the holiday, which will cause a labor shortage in manufacturers that slows down the producing.

FYI: We’ve received the notice that the Yiwu government plans to cut power outages in factories in mid-December, which will affect the whole city’s production, needless to say, the supply ability will get shortened even further.

  • Shipping Obstacle

The drastic decrease of labor during the Chinese New Year will not only cause the suspension of production but also a huge delay in shipping. The shipping fee during the spring festival is already expensive, but even if you are willing to bear the high expense, it’s still not guaranteed that you can get your products shipped out on time, cause the shipping lines will be cut off significantly too. The best-case scenario will be a shipping delay of a week or two, the worst-case scenario could be something like three weeks without any shipment, which means you’ll have difficulties with your store’s deliverability until the beginning of March

  • Hard to Reach Out to Help

During the Chinese New Year, it’s going to be really difficult for dropshippers to get in touch with the supplier or shipping company for at least a whole week. Lack of communication will also lead your dropshipping business to a dilemma – if you have any emergent needs, you’ll have no one to go to.

  • Covid 19 Outbreaks

Along with the weather keeps getting cold, the pandemic has this trend of getting worse. The possible coming outbreak also contains a huge potential risk of both production and shipping.

Which niche’s sellers should pay extra attention?

Since the spring festival is normally close to Valentine’s day, if you sell products related to this setting, for example, lingeries, you might miss a great opportunity of making more sales due to the CNY impact.

How to avoid the impact of CNY?

The answer is very simple – PRE-STOCK. To avoid the stockout and tons of customer complaints and shipping delays, the most efficient solution is to stock your products in overseas warehouses in advance.

Pro tips:

#1 Spend less on advertising.

Spring festival is not a good time to scale the business, as soon as your supply chain is back to normal, you can then continue the promotion safely and efficiently.

#2 Give your customers a heads up.

Don’t forget to notify your customers of possible delays in advance, you can set a notification in your store or send out reminding emails, and stay active to reply to concerns and messages.

#3 Try CJ’s new feature.

Not only CJdropshipping will still arrange a team on shift throughout the CNY, but we also launched a new feature recently, to help you combat the CNY impacts.

To help our clients with stock-up more conveniently and cost-effectively, we are now offering two extra choices for dropshippers – Wholesale & Preorder.

Take this Husky Pillow as an example:

As you can see, both these two options offer a much better price with three different MOQ standards.

What’s the difference:

1. If you choose wholesale, the product will be sent to the appointed address, such as your own warehouse or even Amazon FBA warehouses. In this case, you’ll have more control over the packaging and shipment. If the platform you are using has a relatively high requirement on delivery time, such as Etsy, eBay, or Shopee, or your business also includes offline retail, then this purchase option will be a brilliant solution for your business.

2. If you choose to preorder, you can choose to store the product in any one of our seven warehouses worldwide- 4 in China, 2 in the US, and 1 in Germany.

China warehouses

Preorder with our China warehouses is shipping-free, you don’t have to worry about the scarce of supply or the long processing time anymore. The factory will deliver the goods to CJ’s warehouse within an extremely short time for free and we will get the inspection done once the product is in our warehouse, which saves a lot of time on processing.

However, preordering to China warehouses only saves time on domestic shipping and fulfillment, if you want to get the cross-border delivery done during the spring festival, the best choice is still to pre-stock in our overseas warehouses.

Overseas warehouses

Using CJ’s overseas warehouses to pre-stock for your hot selling products is the safest way to guarantee your business’s smooth operation during the CNY. Take our US warehouses as an example, and it has more than 4000 kinds of products in stock and is ready to deliver within 2-5 days.

To Wrap It Up

Above is all you need to know about the Chinese New Year 2022 concerning dropshipping. Don’t get terrified by how exaggerated the situation would be according to the internet, as long as you leave your business to a professional team, you are in good hands! Hope these tips at the end will get you through this Chinese New Year safely!

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Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
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May 17, 2022
Oberlo Is Shutting Down – What Are the Best Alternatives to Oberlo?
What should dropshippers do?
What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
2. CJ Dropshipping
3. NicheDropshipping
4. Spocket
5. Printify
Today we got breaking news for dropshippers. Oberlo, one of the most well-known apps on Shopify will officially close its entry on June 15th, 2022.

Oberlo has been a successful dropshipping app. It provides a convenient method for store owners to fulfill orders with AliExpress.

Among all the various dropshipping apps on the market, Orberlo has got a great reputation in the community. It has helped countless people become successful entrepreneurs.

However, the sites will officially shut down on June 15th. For the people who are currently on a paid Oberlo subscription plan, they can cancel it now and get a refund.

What should dropshippers do?
There are many possibilities for Oberlo to make such a decision. And shutting down the Oberlo app doesn’t mean the Oberlo company is going to shut down.

We will talk about this topic in our latest articles and share some insights about the dropshipping industry in the short future.

For now, Oberlo will shut down soon. If you are one of the entrepreneurs who have been using Oberlo, you need to think about what to do next and find a solution for the incoming event as soon as possible.

In this article, we will present some best dropshipping sites as alternatives for Oberlo. If you wish to take this challenge as an opportunity with a new service provider, this is the chance.

If you are not using Oberlo, the event may also lead you to some deep thoughts about the industry. In case your current supplier or service provider got the same situation in the future, preparing in advance is always a good choice.

What are the best Oberlo alternatives?
1. DSers
On the official Oberlo FAQ page, Oberlo has suggested the users migrate to a trusted Shopify partner, DSers.

DSers is a dropshipping app that provides multistore management. You can use it to manage most dropshipping platforms such as Shopify, Wix, and Woocommerce.

Just like Oberlo, DSers allows you to sync orders from your store to AliExpress and then fulfill the orders in a more convenient way.

Also, you can use DSers to source the products on AliExpress. Instead of sourcing products on your own, using DSers will save you a lot of time to locate the specific product you want among the massive category.

In addition, DSers is also available for data transferring from Oberlo. If you wish to migrate your Oberlo account data to DSers, you can do it directly on the Oberlo admin home page.

What makes DSers unique?
Good Chrome extension
Multiple store order manage
Optimizing sourcing time
Allow data migration from Oberlo
Good chrome extension
Still, DSers is not the best choice if you wish to save your budget and justify the cost. This is because if you want to fully use the functions of DSers to manage more than 3 stores, you will need to subscribe to the paid plan first.

2. CJ Dropshipping
CJ Dropshipping is a one-stop dropshipping platform that provides a complete Dropshipping service.

The service of CJ dropshipping covers sourcing, shipping, order management and even filming ad videos.

CJ Dropshipping has both features of Oberlo and AliExpress, you can find products that come from various international suppliers at cheap prices on the site. By using this sourcing feature, you can easily find better suppliers different from AliExpress.

If you need some information about the recent trendy products or best-selling products, you can also explore the trendy products recommendation columns on the CJ Dropshipping site. Every season there will be brand new innovative products for you to choose from.

Besides, the overall shipping time of CJ Dropshipping is faster than AliExpress suppliers. This is because many suppliers on CJ Dropshipping got their own international warehouses.

Also, if your business volume is big, you can actually have your own private inventory in CJ warehouses. Then your orders can be shipped out within 1 to 2 days.

If you are not only looking for a store integration service provider but also suppliers with better prices, CJ Dropshipping will be a good choice for you. Unlike other paid-to-use platforms, most functions on CJ Dropshipping are completely free to use.

What makes CJ Dropshipping unique?
Free sourcing for better suppliers
Trendy products recommendation
Faster shipping time than AliExpress
International warehouses
Bulk order management
Various extended services (POD, Photography)
3. NicheDropshipping
Niche dropshipping is a site that combines sourcing agents and dropshipping suppliers. You can find various product collections on their site just like searching for products on AliExpress.

When you want to search for any products with better quality or price, you can directly consult the agents of NicheDropshipping to find the product you want.

If some products got higher prices than you expected, you can also negotiate with the agents. Agents of Niche dropship are also professional in getting the best quotation from the suppliers.

Besides, Niche Dropshipping got international warehouses in both China and the USA. So if your market is in the US and you wish to optimize the processing time of the products, you can also choose to bulk purchase the products to stock in their USA warehouse. Once products are stocked in the USA, shipping and processing time can be amazingly fast.

In addition, the photography service is available if you wish to see the actual quality of the products. You can also request photos or videos for advertisement usage. But keep in mind this service is paid, the cost will depend on your request content.

What makes NicheDropshipping unique?
Free product sourcing quote
China & USA warehouses
Automated dropshipping service
Photography service
4. Spocket
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Most of the suppliers on Spocket are from the USA & the EU. This special feature makes it an excellent tool to search for products within the US and the EU.

The best thing about domestic suppliers is the shipping time. If you buy products from domestic suppliers, shipping will only need takes 2-5 days to deliver. This is why international warehouses are also recommended by other dropshipping platforms

Still, the limitation of domestic suppliers is the product variety. If your wish to expand your business, you will need to explore more international supplier platforms.

If your target market is in the US or in the EU, Spocket is a great choice for you to find the supplier you prefer to work with.

What makes Spocket unique?
Available US & EU suppliers
High-quality products with samples
Winning products recommendation
Support multiple platforms (Shopify, Woocommerce, Wix)
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Specialized in POD products
Wide range of customizable products collection
No extra charges except product and POD fee
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