How to Start Drop Shipping Business with Ali Express in Pakistan

Drop Shipping is a very common term being excessively used in the online market place and is a familiar term to online retailers and wholesalers. Drop shipping introduces a concept of stock free or inventory free business where retailers can sell goods online without even stocking them. These days about 33 percent of the total E-Commerce industry relies on drop shipping for their online businesses and as a tool to manage their inventory primarily. The concept of drop shipping is ideal for small medium businesses as they don’t have to spend loads of amount to manage and stock inventory as a result the investment level is low in order to start the business from scratch.  

Drop Shipping with Ali Express 

Ali Express is an extension of Ali Baba and was launched to accommodate drop shippers who want to purchase items directly from Ali Express and get these items delivered to their customers right away instead of stocking them. In short, we can say that Ali Baba carter the needs of wholesalers whereas Ali Express addresses the E-Commerce business model for drop shipping. Ali Express let you purchase single items for personal use as well.  

Ali Express uses a typical drop shipping model where you can simply search the products that you want to sell  to your customers and come up with thousands of choices and when you find an item you want to sell to your customer, you can simply import the item from Ali Express resell this item to your customer with your own profit markups. The one thing you must have to take care about is to sync the product information, photos, and description from Ali Express on your own website or E-Commerce channel. Keep your E-Commerce channel updated as prices and stock level at Ali Express varies on a daily basis. Once you have received an order from the customer simply go to Ali Express order the product and ship it directly to your customer. Ali Express gives you much time to focus on your marketing strategies which is the most crucial aspect of running an online business. There is an enormous range of products available at Ali Express to choose from as there are largest wholesale directories offering more than 1,500,000 products in different categories and you simply need to place and order with the wholesale supplier after receiving orders from the retail customer and let the Ali Express deliver the order at the doorstep of the customer.  

Payment Gateway in Pakistan 

In countries like Pakistan the hardest part in establishing drop shopping is managing a payment gateway for the entire process. For such E-Commerce businesses around the globe PayPal is used, however ,it is unavailable in Pakistan. Payoneer is another option which also works with Ali Express. There are other a number of other options provided by Ali Express for Pakistan, including VISA, Master Card, Western Union, Safety Pay, Bank Transfer, Bank Wire, Web Money and many others are also available. Ali Express offers free shipping on a number of items and most of the free shippings to Pakistan are done through Singapore Post. Estimated delivery for the free posts ranges from 33 to 51 days and other options of mailing and delivery include China Post Air Mail, Ali Express Standard Shipping, Post NL, Hong Kong Post Air Mail, Ali Express Premium, EMS and DHL.  

Problems faced by E-Commerce Business in Pakistan

E-Commerce Business at its core can be referred to the sale and purchase of goods as well as services via electronic channels most probably the Internet. Internet can be termed as one of the wildest invention of this century and as created a boom in online sale and business industry as well. People now tend to perform all their activities on Internet and that also includes shopping. Internet has completely revolutionized the way of doing business as you can not only sell the physical products but can also sell digitized products such as videos, audios, software and services over the Internet through your proper E-Commerce Business.

In a successful and comprehensive E-Commerce Business all the transactions that involve various business and government organizations, consumers and financial organizations are done online via Internet. The concept of E-Commerce has evolved over the years and with the advent of technology related to smart phones online business has become more popular and mobile commerce has created its own independent market. Social Media is also a great driver of E-Commerce Business as Face Book drives 85 percent of sales on the E-Commerce platform of giants like Shopify.

Pakistan is also included as one of those countries where the percentage of Internet and smart phones users is leveraging with each passing day. However the size of E-Commerce in Pakistan is considerably small but with the advancement in technology and building of trusting among the business and consumer it is expected that soon there will be realization of the full potential of E-Commerce Business in Pakistan as there are number of advantages associated with the E-Commerce Business such as there are no geographical barriers as it comes in an open structure, the cost of transaction is also very low in E-Commerce businesses and there are very limited barriers associated with the entry in the world of E-Commerce Business.

In the current scenario there are number of factors that are hampering the growth of E-Commerce in Pakistan. These factors are explained in detail as under:-

Delusion about E-Commerce Business in Pakistan

Most of the people in Pakistan don’t have the actual concept about the E-Commerce business due to low literacy rate and non-exposure to the actual facts and figures regarding E-Commerce. Most of the people think online shopping only revolves around purchasing digitized products and the payment can be only done through the credit card. Most of the people in Pakistan don’t possess a credit card so that don’t realize that they can also purchase online physical products without having a credit card. Moreover the conventional entrepreneur of Pakistan don’t know exactly that E-Commerce Business means serving the existing customers, developing new and advanced markets and exploring new channels of distribution for the existing products.