Welcome back, In this article, you will learn different ways to shorten the Aliexpress standard shipping time directly on AliExpress and this will aid you in your dropshipping business.
Each customer wants to get its product within 24hrs from check-out that why the place of fast shipping in dropshipping business or any eCommerce business is really very necessary.
Your customers want their products fast and you want the money to roll in fast too. Right?
But is a fact on AliExpress, shipping time takes too long and many drop shipper are looking for an alternative faster shipping than AliExpress.
In this post, I will be sharing with you how you can reduce Long Aliexpress standard shipping time. Where you can deliver your goods to your customers with 2 – 5 shipping days, also you will learn other alternatives to AliExpress shipping
first, Let me briefly respond to the common question asked by most of the people just in case you haven’t heard about it.
How Long Does Aliexpress Take To Ship?
AliExpress standard shipping time usually takes 15-45 days worldwide while a number of other countries take around 20-45 days.
This has made many people be afraid of starting an e-commerce business, but we will be doing justice to that in this article!
Let’s get started
ALSO READ: Step by Step Guide on How Dropshipping Work With Shopify
How to reduce shipping time on aliexpress
Below are some different ways to get fast delivery on any products you ordered on Aliexpress to your customers.
1. Ship From United State On AliExpress Website
First of all, you need to understand that you can get fast delivery on the Aliexpress website. Furthermore, this can only work for those that are dropshipping to Europe and the US.
Most Aliexpress supplier has there warehouse both in China and many other oversea countries like in the US. Therefore, using them is going to be domestic shipping and equally a faster delivery system that takes only a few days to get to your customer.
To check it out, just go to the AliExpress search tab and enter the product you want to look for. From your result page, you will see a box with a “ship from“ as an option.
Click on the “drop-down button” that appears next to the search bar and choose the US if your customer is based in the US. This will show you a lot of sellers who has a warehouse in US and also can ship from the US.
Once you find the one that interests you, then proceed by checking the estimated delivery time because they differ from each other.
The downside is that the supplier usually increases the cost of the product a little bit (+$2 – $5) which is actually not bad. This you can still add to the product price and still makes a profit.
another disadvantage of this method to this is that there are fewer product choices because not all suppliers on AliExpress has a warehouse in the US. Therefore, the number of products you can find is going to be small.
Finally, as you know already it only works in the US and some European countries. So, this might not be the best option for you if you want to sell to some other countries in Asia and Africa.
2. ePacket Shipping Option
ePacket is a shipping alternative offered by Chinese suppliers. It enables sellers in China and Hong Kong to provide fast shipping and an affordable option for light goods.
With the aid of ePacket delivery, it takes about 7 – 10 days to deliver packages from China to any countries like US, Canada, Australia and some other European Countries. In case of African Countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Mali, Cameroon etc might not support ePacket delivery at the moment but merchant should expect a delivery time of 21- 35 and most of the time before 30days.
ePacket delivery allows customers to track, monitor and locate their product at no additional cost on websites such as USPS and EMS.
The highest length of an item can only be 24’ 60cm. The total height, length and thickness shouldn’t exceed 36’ [90cm]
Besides that, the package can’t be more than $400 in price and should not weigh higher than 2 kg to be eligible for ePacket delivery.
As of May 2020, only 44 countries support ePacket deliveries which means you can drop ship to the following countries using ePacket service.
If you are targeting any of the above countries using ePacket delivery getting your products to your customers staying in this counties will be more faster and cheap.
This is mostly because all on average a package traveling to USA can take 7 – 10 business days to arrive from the date of shipment.
3. Spocket MarketPlace
Spocket is entirely different from AliExpress. A big marketplace for drop shippers to sourcing high quality and discounted products.
There are many products on Spocket at a very high discounted price ready to be sold on your Shopify store with fast shipping of between 2-5days deliveries.
If you are searching for a faster alternative to AliExpress, you might as well check out Spocket. Spocket is known for fast deliveries and you’ll also enjoy a higher markup on the products you’re dropshipping.
At same the time, making use Spocket allows you to entirely automate the dropshipping operation for your ecommerce store.
ALSO READ: How to activate dropshipping center on aliexpress
Some of the Benefits of using Spocket includes:
- Enjoy 2-5days faster delivery of your products
- Enjoy access to several suppliers from different countries
- Automate the entire dropshipping process
- Access to many products under different niche.
- Import products directly to your Shopify store.
None of the listed above is useful to me, what do I do?
Well, dropshipping with AliExpress Standard shipping time have over time brought about complaints with regards to delays and the delivery time
Although, It is worth noting that Aliexpress has improved in recent years and still improving their service by partnering with major local and international logistics companies.
But never worry, even with the below outline you can still work something out.
Dropshipping cheap products
Cheap product merit the wait. This is because products on Aliexpress come with free shipping and most customers are willing to wait for it.
You can get cheap products on Aliexpress and always be careful not to dropship bad/inferior products.
Dropshipping hot items
Your customer won’t mind the delivery time once your product is unique. This is why it’s very important to take time while choosing your products. Be sure the products you are dropshipping cannot be easily sourced for from the bricks and mortar traditional stores.
No Emergence products
The point of dropshipping business is to create an impulse purchase motivated by emotions and not dropshipping life-critical products.
If you are willing to dropshipping essential products like medicines which your customers have an urgent need for, then you should provide your own means of reaching your customer need and not through a supplier.
Once your customer knows they are not buying out of urgency or a burning desire but because they like your products. Then they can afford the wait.
This is very necessary when it comes to dropshipping with Aliexpress. Because most customers get agitated when they notice the products they purchase are getting longer to deliver.
This is totally going to be different when you write the shipping Disclaimer Notice making it very visible in your store for every of your customer see – and for your own safety too.
You can write on the product description that -Please Note: The average shipping time is 30-60 days and the buyer will know what to expect from their purchase.
Using your customer support to your own benefit can go a long way in your dropshipping business.
It is impossible not to have upset customers that will call and message when they think their item is missing.
But not to worry, you can patiently handle it in the following ways:
Include the shipping time once again when you send the confirmation email to your customers. It’s appropriate to remind them of the expected delivery period because not all of them will be attentive to read this in the product description. You can either do this manually or for your convenience, do it automatically with Alidropship Plugin. It will automatically notify your customers.
Again, immediately you receive the tracking code from your supplier, send the code to the buyer. Then explain how to use the information to know about the current location of the package. You can also install the Alidropship plugin to do this automatically.
Finally, make the refund policy very clear. This will increase your customer trust when the return policy is clearly stated on the product page. If it’s 30 – 45 days or 60 days, kindly explain that you will make 100% refunds if the product is not delivered within this period of time.
If this is clearly written, your buyers will only get their refund if the product did not reach its location on the 46th or 61st day!
Have your business registered in the US if it isn’t already. This will allow you to be able to use Stripe payment to process orders on your website.
Having it this way will allow you to sell directly to the US market irrespective of your country. I’ve written an article on how to register your business and use Stripe payment on your website.