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Do you have any questions about the dropshipping activity? How to get started or how to select your supplier?
We answer your most frequently asked questions

What is Dropshipping ?

Do you want to develop your business, or discover a new activity? We will explain to you what drosphipping is all about. 

What is dropshipping?

Direct delivery is a simplified approach to business, where you accept customer orders, but a third party supplier takes responsibility for storing the items and shipping them on your behalf. It is essentially a tripartite business model that allows retail businesses to sell products without having to spend money to build up their own inventory.
With Cdiscount's dropshipping service, you are responsible for the functionality and marketing of your commercial website, and you sell products to customers, choosing your own pricing. You then buy these products from Cdiscount, and we ship the products directly to your end customers in white mode (without mentioning Cdiscount on the package).
At no point in this process will you be required to have your own inventory, as you do not purchase products until you have made a sale to your customer. In this case we are responsible for shipping the items ordered. Orders are delivered in white label, which means that they will not have any logo on them! 
This approach reduces many of the risks associated with E-commerce. All you need is a website to sell or to be registered as a seller on a Market Place and the possibility to accept payments from customers, while we take care of the order fulfilment.
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How does dropshipping work?

With dropshipping, you import your supplier's product catalogue into your own online shop window, selecting items according to the product categories that interest you and, of course, your customers. These customers then place orders directly on your website or Market Place shop and this information is immediately passed on to your supplier.

The latter then prepares the order and ships it directly to the end customer in white label packaging. In doing so, you avoid the need to purchase, store or ship products. The execution of the order is entirely taken care of by the supplier, which means that you simply take the orders and take care of the marketing of your website.

At Cdiscount, we offer a catalogue containing more than 100,000 products in more than 30 different categories. The catalogue itself is also available in more than 10 different languages, including English and French.

When it comes to actually selling the products on your website and through other sales channels, you have the freedom to adopt your own pricing strategy. In addition, you will have real-time access to up-to-date information on our product range and stock availability.

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How to start dropshipping?

With dropshipping, you import the product catalogue of your company's products. To start dropshipping, you will need to have your own online shop, capable of receiving orders and payments from customers. You will also need to be an officially registered and recognised company.
From there, you can contact one of our advisers who will be able to help you with the different steps that follow. You will receive personalised support and will also have access to follow-up advice. Once your application has been approved, you will then be able to access the Cdiscount product catalogue and select the products you wish to sell. This includes options to integrate the catalogue with e-commerce solutions such as PrestaShop and Shopify.
The next step is to actually publish the offers you have selected on your e-commerce site and on any other sales channel you wish to use. Customers can then make their purchases through your company and the information is sent to us. 
Ultimately, the success of your dropshipping efforts will depend on the number of sales you are able to generate. That's why you need to focus on marketing, search engine optimisation (SEO) and search engine advertising (SEA) to increase your visibility and attract customers.
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How to succeed and make money with dropshipping?

Dropshipping offers excellent opportunities to make money by bypassing the costs associated with inventory management, shipping and product manufacturing. Simply put, this means that for every sale you make, the difference between what you charge and what you pay your supplier is your profit for each sale.
Adopting this business model can reduce staff costs, because you won't need to employ people to handle the transportation, storage, design and manufacture of products. You can set your own prices, and you don't have to worry about ending up in a situation where you have unsold stock, because you pay the supplier at the point of sale.
Therefore, the only things you really need to take responsibility for are the basic functionality of your commercial website, selecting the right prices to maximise your profit margins, and ensuring that your marketing strategy is effective in attracting visitors to your website and turning them into customers.

Is it necessary to have a commercial entity to do dropshipping?

To use the Cdiscount dropshipping service, you must be legally registered and recognised as a commercial entity. The procedure varies from country to country, but you will need a business registration number, or SIRET number, as proof of your official business status. 
Obtaining legal status as a business is important for several reasons. It allows you to process payments without encountering difficulties with payment service providers and it also provides guarantees to suppliers. If you are not sure how to register as a business, you should seek advice from local authorities.
If you need to be a recognised and registered business to take advantage of our dropshipping service, you are not required to have a Brick & Mortar shop, warehouse, production facility or any other physical premises. Dropshipping can help you bypass the need for physical premises, allowing you to focus on e-commerce.

How do I find my dropshipping supplier?

When it comes to finding the ideal dropshipping supplier, there are three things to keep in mind: 
- How many products are available? Which product categories are involved?- What is the purchase cost of the products? How long does shipping take? To which countries can orders be shipped? What is the quality of the product?- Company reputation: Does the supplier have positive reviews? Are references available?
With this in mind, you need to take the time to research suppliers properly, paying attention to the number of products they can offer. Also find out about the company online, to get an idea of its overall reputation.
 At Cdiscount, customer testimonials are available free of charge on our website and we are happy to provide you with any additional information you need.


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