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How To Get Approved With Drop Ship Suppliers

How To Do Business With The Best Drop Ship Suppliers

When contacting drop ship suppliers, we always recommend CALLING them. I have been approved with hundreds of drop shippers in the past. In most of these cases, I have only spoken on the phone one time and that one time is always my introduction call. The reason we recommend calling is that it is much easier to get through to the right person than via email. This is the best way that I know how to get approved with drop ship suppliers. Calling is more personal and it will show that you are a serious business owner.

When you call you should ask to speak to the person in charge of eCommerce accounts. Click To Tweet

Once you talk to them on the phone, you can then get their e-mail address and if e-mail is your preferred method of communication, you will never have to call them again..

Calling-Suppliers-Works-Best

How We Do It:

At this point, you should have already compiled your “Master List” of suppliers. Before I start reaching out to my suppliers for my new niche, I always create an Excel sheet that looks like this:

drop-ship-suppliers

[Note: You can use Google Spreadsheets if you do not have Excel]

This helps me to keep track of my contacts at each company and is necessary for staying organized when you are reaching out to hundreds of suppliers.

Column A should already be filled out with the information you gathered on your supplier master list. Fill out Column B as you go, by doing Google searches for the Column A suppliers names. Once you find their websites (99% of them will have websites) look for a contact number.

Again, I ALWAYS recommend calling the suppliers. If there is no phone number on the supplier’s website, you should e-mail them, let them you that you own yourwebsite.com, and that you are looking to increase your product catalog by adding their products.

Explain that you would like to know who to speak to about setting up a drop ship account and always remember to include your contact information.

If there is a contact number on the supplier’s website, you should call and tell whoever answers the same thing; that you own yourwebsite.com, you are looking to increase your product catalog by adding their products and that you would like to know who to speak to about setting up an eCommerce account.

If no one is available to talk, try to get their e-mail address and/or direct phone number to try back later. You may need to be a little persistent.

I try to keep my conversations as brief (and as effective) as possible; here is a typical conversation I have with the supplier’s person in charge of drop ship accounts:

“Hi [account managers name],

My name is Anton and I am the lead buyer for [MyCompany Inc], we currently manage ten different eCommerce stores in various niches and we recently noticed an opportunity in the [suppliers products] niche. We have just launched [newnichewebsite.com] and we are looking for suppliers who are interested in working together on a drop ship basis.

Based on the market research that we have done my team and I are confident that our marketing techniques will make this new venture our most successful yet.

We are not looking for payment terms, we are just looking to build a solid business relationship. Can you tell me how we can go about applying for an account?”

brief-and-effective-conversations

At this point, the eCommerce manager will typically tell you that there are some forms that need to be completed and ask where to send them.

Make yourself a personalized e-mail address and ask them to send it there.

Example: [email protected]

They may also tell you that they are not accepting any new retailers at this time. I always ask them when they will be accepting new applications and make a note in “Master List” Excel file.

NOTE: I typically do not tell the suppliers I own the company at first (unless they ask). This is because there are many suppliers who like to work with “larger” companies that have employees who take care of tasks such as recruiting new suppliers.

If the supplier is interested in doing business with you, they will then typically e-mail you a few basic forms that you need to complete. They need standard information from you such as your business name, address, phone number, and billing information.

It is important to complete these forms as soon as they send them and to send them back as soon as you finish filling them out. You want to keep the momentum rolling and push your account approval through as soon as possible. When I first started, I would sometimes receive an application then hold off a few weeks before sending them back.

I can tell you for a FACT that this leads to a lower approval rate. Click To Tweet

Typically, an account manager will get back to you within a few days of submitting your application to inform you that you have been approved. They will provide you with an account number and contacts within their company.

You are now ready to take the next step…

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Anton Kraly
 

Anton is a the Founder & CEO of Drop Ship Lifestyle - an online coaching program for eCommerce entrepreneurs. He began selling online in 2007 and has built and sold multiple seven-figure businesses while leveraging the power of drop shipping.

  • Nubia says:

    Hi Anton, great Blog, thanks for sharing. I have a question, How do i find later the roduct somebody order? for example I sell 100 different products and somebody order a dog leash, the products on Alli Express don’t have a unique code to indetified them. Any idea how to find out later on Alli Express wich product the client ordered?
    thanks so much in advance!
    Nubia

  • Jacob Parmenter says:

    Great content as usual! Love it. For someone starting out-is it crucial to ha e an established track record of successful stores? Will they ask for verification?

    • Anton Kraly says:

      Thanks Jacob!
      It’s certainly helpful to have a record of success BUT if you’re brand new you can still get approved with tons of Silver level suppliers.
      Once you get enough of them (and a history of traffic & sales), you can parlay that into Gold level supplier approvals 🙂
      Hope that helps!
      Anton

  • Burton says:

    Anton,
    I was wondering what is typically on a application form.
    Is it possible to post an example of what they might be looking for to be prepared to have all the necessary info ?
    Thanks So much
    I have been gathering as much info, notes and aspiration with your free lessons and I’m excited to join your team as soon as possible
    Thank you for your ongoing dedication !

    • Anton Kraly says:

      Hi Burton,
      Sorry, I don’t have any examples to share but they do all pretty much all ask the same things including:
      – Business Name
      – Contact Info
      – References (If applying for credit)
      – List Of Other Companies You Work With
      – EIN / TIN #
      They are all slightly different, but those are the most common things they will ask for.
      Hope that helps!

  • Trong says:

    Hi Anton,
    I am from Viet Nam. What about supplier require address, phone number, and billing information, or maybe tax info..? How can I fill these info or I use my information ?
    Thanks you for great article,
    Trong Nguyen

    • Anton Kraly says:

      Hi Trong,
      This is a question that I would recommend asking on our forum… I’ve never been in this situation, but we have lots of international students who can help 🙂

  • Paul says:

    Hi Anton
    What do you recommend if one is brand new, no other stores, no suppliers yet etc.
    Cheers
    Paul

  • nice article and the sample letter is perfecto!!
    cheers;
    vincent

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