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WooCommerce Dropshipping

Use WooCommerce Dropshipping to send automated order notification emails to your wholesale dropshippers when new orders arrive via your WooCommerce store.

It groups ordered products by supplier, and then sends them to each supplier with a list of products purchased from them. Your dropshipping partners can then ship orders to customers.

WooCommerce Dropshipping also generates a packing slip PDF file, and attaches it to the order notification email. Your dropshippers can print the packing slip, and add it to the customer’s shipment for easy blind dropshipping.

With Amazon Affiliate support for WooCommerce, you can have Amazon products directly in your store that you’re an affiliate for.

Installation ↑ Back to top

  1. Download the .zip file from your WooCommerce account.
  2. Go to: WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New and Upload Plugin with the file you downloaded with Choose File.
  3. Install Now and Activate the extension.

More information at: Installing and Managing Plugins.

Setup and Configuration ↑ Back to top

To set up WooCommerce Dropshipping, there are multiple steps involved.

  • Goto WordPress Dashboard > WooCommerce > Settings > Dropshipping
  • You’ll see following Setting tabs to adjust your dropshipping store based on your preference:
    • General Settings
    • Suppliers Email Notifications
    • Packing Slips
    • Customised Suppliers Emails
    • SMTP Options 

WooCommerce dropshipping configuration can be divided into three categories:

  • AliExpress dropshipping integration
  • Local suppliers dropshipping
  • Amazon affiliate integration.

Let’s get started.

Setting up AliExpress Dropshipping Integration ↑ Back to top

WooCommerce Dropshipping has a Chrome extension that allows you to easily import products into your store. Follow the steps below to configure this extension:

  1. Install free Chrome extension by clicking here or by clicking on the notification shown in your WooCommerce dashboard and pin to your chrome browser.
    Chrome Extension Banner
  2. Goto WordPress admin dashboard, navigate to WooCommerce > Settings> Dropshipping and click on General Settings tab.
  3. Check Enable Support for the AliExpress CBE and click save changes button. Now on refresh Generate AliExpress API Key button and markup adder settings will appear.
  4. Click “Generate AliExpress Key”.  A message will appear Press OK  and the key will appear under Generate AliExpress API Key button one time. Additionally, an email with the API key will also be sent to the administrator’s email address. If you can’t find the email, be sure to look in your junk and spam folders. Copy and save API key to use in forthcoming step.
  5. Now, Visit AliExpress and open any product page.
  6. Next, find the plugin’s icon in the top-right of your chrome browser and click it and navigate to setup tab.
  7. You will be asked for your WooCommerce store URL and API key. For the store URL, enter your website’s address. For the API key, copy and paste the API key from step 4 and press OK.
  8.  Once this is done, blue bar will appear on top of your AliExpress product and category pages and a sidebar on product pages only. Now, you are ready to start importing products from AliExpress to your WooCommerce store.

Basic Product Page Setup for AliExpress Products into Your Dropshipping Store ↑ Back to top

Importing Product from Product Page ↑ Back to top

To import a product, simply navigate to the product page on AliExpress. A blue bar will appear across the top of your screen with the following information to help you import product from AliExpress to your Woo powered store:

  • Add Product – Instantly adds product to store after changes are made.
  • Add to Queue – Adds Product to View Queue list after editing product.
  • View Queue – Provide Information of all products you have added to Queue to be sent to your store. 

Adding Simple or Variable Product to Your WooCommerce Store ↑ Back to top

Click “Add Product”  if you want to add a product instantly to your WooCommerce powered store after making changes while staying on AliExpress product page using WooCommerce Dropshipping google chrome extension.
Plugin retrieves all details of the product from product page and gives options to edit these fields to your liking. You’ll see the following information about the product on left side of your screen after clicking Add to Queue or Add Product button.

Summary

Summary has the following four sections:

Title – Here you can make changes to the title of the product.

SKU – Unique stock keeping unit number of the product available on AliExpress. SKU helps trace back your products on AliExpress to update product stocks, variations and orders when customers purchase the item from your store. [Note: SKU should not be changed for better working.]

Categories – Adds products to a specific category on your store.
You can also create a new category or a sub-category by clicking on + icon next to Add New Categories by adding needed information here.

Stock Quantity – Gives information about number of items available on AliExpress.

Pricing

In pricing tab, you can see the following information related to the product:

  • Price 
  • Regular Price  
  • Sale Price 
  • Shipping Charges

This pricing tab is dependent on the Profit margin adder settings available in WooCommerce>Settings>Dropshipping>General Settings under Generate AliExpress API Key button.

The profit margin can be added to pricing of AliExpress products by setting up markup value from this tab. 

These profit margins can be added based on Percentage or Fixed Amount offset.    


For example,
A product is sold on AliExpress at $100. 

Condition A  

If we set markup method to Percentage Offset and set offset value to 10, you’ll see Price of the product in Pricing tab to be $110. That is the original $100 plus the 10% percentage of set which would be in this case $10 making a total of $110. 

Condition B

If we set markup method to Fixed Amount Offset and set the offset value to 24, you’ll see Price of the product in Pricing tab to be $124. That is the original $100 plus the $24 fixed amount making a total of $110. 

Descriptions

Description tab provides bath short and full description of the product. You can tweak this information to your liking. 

Variations

In Variations tab, you’ll get all the attributes of your product that are applicable to your selected product. You can also delete variations that you don’t want to share with your customers by clicking on red cross buttons on every variation available here.     

Images

From images tab, remove images that you don’t think are necessary simply by clicking on red cross button.

Additionally, edit images using our image editor by clicking on the edit button to add an effect, resize, crop or changing orientation of your selected image.

Reviews

Add reviews with images to your store, to let your customers know how product looks like when they receive it.

Once you have finished editing the product, click I’M DONE – ADD PRODUCT TO STORE Your product will now be synced into your WooCommerce Store. The top bar will look like this.

Adding Simple or Variable AliExpress Product to Queue ↑ Back to top

If you want to list a product in your Queue after making changes and want to export it later, click “Add to Queue”. Rest of the process will be the same we had for “Add Product” button.

WooCommerce Dropshipping Chrome Extension sidebar function ↑ Back to top

Sidebar functions are operational on product page only.

Search- By clicking on search you will be able to search for all similar products from other sellers/stores.

Rating- Rating gives you insights of the store/ seller.

Reviews- Reviews provides information on total number of reviews and on clicking display reviews with pictures by customers only.

Similar Products- This gives detailed information on similar products on AliExpress. You can also sort these products by title, price, shipping methods, and number of orders.

Orders Tracking- With order tracking you can check the status of the product you have bought for your customer from AliExpress.

Importing Products in Bulk ↑ Back to top

With WooCommerce dropshipping chrome extension activated, visit any of your related category page on AliExpress you can do the following actions :

  • filter products by country and shipping method by clicking on below mentioned icon
  • import all products on that page at once by clicking on import all
  • Add product to queue by clicking on add to queue displayed on products.
  • Make changes to products in queue by clicking View Queue. On clicking View Queue a drop down menu will be displayed from you can upload all product in queue or delete any unnecessary product you have added by mistake or you got a better alternate for that.

Adding Suppliers ↑ Back to top

To add suppliers:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products > Suppliers.
  2. Enter Name and Email Address(es) fields (required). Other fields are optional.
  3. Click Add New Dropshipping Supplier.

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Assign Products to Suppliers

To connect a product to a supplier:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products.
  2. Hover over a product, and click Edit.
  3. Go to the right column and find the box called Drop Ship Supplier.
  4. Select a supplier from the dropdown.
  5. Save or Update the product.
Select your drop ship supplier when adding or editing a product listing.
Select a supplier when adding/editing a product.

Supplier Inventory ↑ Back to top

Import inventory from CSV

Suppliers with a CSV of their inventory can import SKUs and other information using WooCommerce Dropshipping.

dropshipping-supplier-inventory

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products > Suppliers.
  2. Find the supplier on the list.
  3. Select Inventory CSV to begin the import process.
  4. Choose File.
  5. Update.

Configure Supplier Inventory CSV Settings

Supplier inventory CSV files can be configured on a per-supplier basis. The two methods currently supported are:

  • Quantity on Hand –With this format your supplier is sending a spreadsheet containing the quantity they have in their remaining inventory. Any number above zero means that the product is still in stock.
  • In-Stock Indicator –With this format your supplier is indicating whether a SKU is still in stock or not. Often this is in “Y/N” format, or “1/0” in indicate in­ stock and out of stock. No quantities.

To set how a supplier’s inventory CSV is processed:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Products > Suppliers.
  2. Hover over the supplier, and click Edit.
  3. Scroll down to Supplier Inventory CSV Import Settings.
  4. Complete each field
    • CSV column delimiter — Character to separate fields, e.g., Comma (,)
    • CSV sku column # — Enter a number for the SKU.
    • CSV type — Explained above.
    • CSV quantity column # — Enter a number for updating in-stock inventory.
  5. Update.

supplier-csv-settings

Customize your packing slips ↑ Back to top

There are two options: Customizing the default packing slip for all suppliers; customizing a packing slip for one supplier.

Default packing slip

Default packing slip can be configured by providing the following information by visiting WooCommerce>Settings>Emails>Dropshipping Notifications. This will create and attach a PDF of packing slip with email which is received by suppliers whenever order is placed by your customer. This packing slip will also be available in the Suppliers account which they can easily download by clicking on Download packing slip button.

Customize your packing slip for all suppliers.

  1. In the directory of your theme, create a new directory called “woocommerce-dropshipping”
  2. In the plugins/woocommerce-dropshipping directory, there is a file named “packingslip.html”
    • Copy this file into your newly created myTheme/woocommerce-dropshipping/ directory.
    • File should now exist at: “myTheme/woocommerce-dropshipping/packingslip.html”
  3. Edit the packingslip.html file. Note: Not all HTML features convert well to PDF. Simple works best.

Packing slip for a single supplier

Override your default packing slip with a custom one.

  1. On the Supplier edit screen, note the slug of the supplier for which you create a custom packing slip.
  2. In the directory of your theme, create a new directory called “woocommerce-dropshipping”
  3. In the plugins/woocommerce-dropshipping directory, there is a file named “packingslip.html”
    • Copy this file into your newly created myTheme/woocommerce-dropshipping/ as SLUG_packingslip.html.
    • File should now exist at: “myTheme/woocommerce-dropshipping/SLUG_packingslip.html”
    • Note: Code must be the value on the supplier edit screen
  4. Edit the packingslip.html file. Note: Not all HTML features convert well to PDF. Simple works best.

This method will create a custom packing slip for your specific supplier. You can add multiple packing slips for multiple suppliers by repeating the same process.

Set up supplier email notifications ↑ Back to top

To configure your email notifications:

  1. Go to: WooCommerce > Settings > Emails > Dropshipping Notifications.
  2. Enter a note you wish displayed for Supplier Email Notifications.

Amazon Affiliate Support ↑ Back to top

Setting up Amazon Affiliate Integration ↑ Back to top

To get started with Amazon’s affiliate marketing program with WooCommerce Dropshipping plugin sign up to any Amazon Affiliate marketing program. To Configure your Amazon Affiliate support:

  • Visit the Amazon Associates Central homepage and click “Sign-up”

    Signup
  • Fill up your account information of the person or entity you want Amazon to issue payments and click Next.

  • Add your website or Mobile App URLs and click Next.

Website and App List

  • Enter Associate store ID (affiliate account name), your targeted categories of products at Amazon, and other generic information about your websites and mobile apps. Click Finish.


Web store information

  • Verify your account, enter your tax information and payment method. You are all set up with Amazon affiliate program. 

Importing products from Amazon Affiliate Dashboard into your WooCommerce store ↑ Back to top

For Importing products from Amazon to your WooCommerce store, follow below-mentioned steps:

  • Sign in to Amazon Associates Central.

Signin

  •  Hover over Product Linking and select Product links.
  • Search for any product using keyword, ASIN or ISBN and click Go.

product link

  • When the product appears, click on get links tab.

  •  Select Detail Page from Link Destination tab.
  • Choose Standard link from option 3 and Copy the URL mentioned.

  • Goto: WordPress Dashboard> Products> Add New.
  • Go to Product Data tab and select the External/Affiliate Product.
  • Paste the link in Product URL tab.
  • Add text that you want to display on your Call-to-Action button in the Button text tab.

  • Copy-paste product images and fill up rest of the information for the product like Product name, general and short descriptions, while keeping in mind Legal policies or Conditions of Use & Sale for Amazon affiliate program. Publish your product page.
    (Note: We suggest not to mention price for Amazon affiliate products, as prices of Amazon are volatile. )

How Amazon Affiliate support for WooCommerce Dropshipping works for customers? ↑ Back to top

When customers visit the product and click on the Call-to-Action button, they are automatically redirected to Amazon product page. 

Click Through

How would you get notified about the conversion or click-through? ↑ Back to top

When your potential customers click on the call-to-action button, you’ll see a grey bar at Amazon Associates’ Dashboard. When you’ll have a successful conversion and earned a fee or bounty you’ll see green and blue spikes respectively. You will also get notified via email.  

Dashboard Earning View

FAQ ↑ Back to top

How will my drop-ship supplier bill me for the order? ↑ Back to top

Often a supplier will allow for NET 30 or charge to your credit card on file. Ultimately how this happens is between you and your drop-ship supplier.

How to bulk import and export local suppliers dropshipping products? ↑ Back to top

Importing and exporting local suppliers dropshipping products work similar to WooCommerce built-in CSV importer and exporter available at WordPress dashboard > Products next to Add New button in products tab. See the documentation here for details.

After importing products from this you can manually assign suppliers to products that are recently added to your store.

Can I bulk-assign suppliers to my existing products? ↑ Back to top

Yes! From the Products page, check the boxes next to the products you want to assign a supplier to and choose Edit from the  Bulk Actions menu and click Apply:

Then enter the name of the supplier in the Supplier field:

Please note: If the supplier you are assigning already exists, the name of the supplier has to match exactly or it will create a new supplier with the name that you enter (though, it is not case sensitive).

Why am I not getting an email for downloadable and virtual products? ↑ Back to top

As for intangible products, shipping isn’t involved, so the orders are updated only in your WooCommerce Orders section and you can check it right there. However, email is sent to your customers, as it is important to get them notified about the product status.

What should I do if I want to send supplier the packing slip with the amount they sell product to me and not at what I am selling to my client for ease of business? ↑ Back to top

We have added a separate tab for this called “Cost of Goods” on your product editor next to sale price and regular price.

If you want to send your supplier packing slip with the amount they sell product to you mention the price of the product at which you are buying from your seller in Cost of goods tab.

  • Now, goto WooCommerce > Settings > Emails and click Dropshipping Notifications.
  • Scroll down to Miscellaneous Packing Slip Options 
  • Make sure you have checked “Show total price in packing slip” and  Show “Cost of Goods” instead of the store’s actual “Selling Price” of products in the packing slip”.

Questions & Support

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Already purchased and need some assistance? Get in touch the developer via the Help Desk.

QuestionsResponses
Can the plugin be used to import the shipping costs from Aliexpress? No the plugin does not import the Aliexpress costs.

This can be set when importing as a fixed value or markup. However the shipping costs is not synced in real time with the Aliexpress Shipping Calculations.
What does it mean if there is a critical error on the site and the error message printed in the debug log is:

Error message: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function
cal_days_in_month()
The issue happens because your PHP version doesn’t have calendar support — this is necessary for the plugin to work. 

Pease ask your hosting service provider about this.

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