There are lots of works involved when you started dropshipping business, trending product research, product info import, inventory, marketing, order fulfillment, tracking, customer service etc. The purpose of automate dropshipping is to apply software and hardware to make the works in the dropshipping business more easier and profitable, in another words, automate dropshipping is to free yourself from the tediously work and focus on more important works. We will introduce how to automate dropshipping from 1688 Taobao to Shopify in this article if you dropship from China.

How to automate dropshipping from Aliexpress to Shopify

It is important to know the automate dropshipping procedure on Aliexpress before we introduce automate order fulfillment from 1688 Taobao since they have relations. Let’s see what tasks we should do to make profits dropship from Aliexpress to Shopify.

  1. Trending products research
  2. Import products information from Aliexpress to Shopify
  3. Set shipping methods and shipping rates
  4. Drive traffics
  5. Order fulfillment
  6. Tracking
  7. Aftersale

There are also many other works havent been mentioned above, if all the tasks done by human, it is low efficiency and high cost. Thus automate dropshipping is necessary to release yourself from the tedious and boring works.

Import products automatically

After you doing product research and select a list of trending products for dropshipping, find quality supplier on Aliexpress and import products information is basical works. Oberlo is a popular app that enables you to easily import dropshipped products from Aliexpress into a Shopify store, and ship them directly from the supplier to your customers with just a few clicks.

In addition to Oberlo, there are also many apps available to help you import products from Aliexpress to Shopify automatically, the following are the Oberlo alternatives for you as a reference:

1. Spocket
2. Dropified
3. Modalyst
4. Product Pro
5. Importify
6. Dsers
7. ShopMaster

Each of them have advantages and disadvantages, you can compare their features and plans to select one or your dropshipping business.

Product pricing automate

When you import product info from Aliexpress to Shopify, it is necessary to modify the product price with reasonable profits, there are many bulky price editor plugins available in Shopify app store to help you modify product price with your profit margins percentage in one click.

Order fulfillment automate

How do you automate order fulfillment from AliExpress? There are many dropshippers fulfill orders via Oberlo, Dsers, Spocket, Dropified, Eprolo, Woodropship etc. Let’s take woodropship for example, once you had orders on Shopify, you’ll be notified on your WooDropship dashboard. From here on, you can place the order with a single click. WooDropship will even fill the customer details for you. What you need to do is to confirm order and pay the supplier. Once the Aliexpress supplier shipped orders, the tracking will be sync to Shopify and it will also automatically send an email to the customer notifying them once their order has been placed.

Marketing automate

Among all the marketing ways, EDM and social media marketing are the most effective way to generate sales. The email marketing is mainly used for automated campaigns such as abandoned cart, order confirmations, cross-selling and upselling promotions, and recommended product emails will help you boost your store’s sales significantly.

The email automate tools include:

1. Omnisend – Built for Ecommerce

2. GetResponse – Rich in Features and Automations

3. ActiveCampaign – Sophisticated Workflows + CRM

4. Klaviyo – Extensive Selection of Pre-built Workflows

5. Drip – Automations for Every Customer Action

6. MailerLite – Easy, Affordable and Effective

7. Privy – Ecommerce focused

8. Sendinblue – Lots of Features at a Low Cost

9. SmartrMail – Smart Technology Does the leg Work for you

10. ConvertKit – Superb Tagging and Subscriber Management

11. Constant Contact – Unique Event Management Features

As for social media automation, it is using software or tools to accomplish specific tasks on social media platforms without human intervention. Put simply, it means using a program to automate things like posting and sharing content on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. There are also many social media automation tools to help you manage the content post, ads schedule etc.

In addition to product import automation, pricing automation, order fulfillment automation, tracking automation, marketing automation, there are many apps available to help you automate dropshipping from Aliexpress to Shopify.

How to automate dropshipping from 1688 Taobao to Shopify

Unlike Aliexpress, 1688 Taobao dropshipping doesnt that easy as they are in Chinese language and they dont offer API access, thus there’s no way to automate dropshipping from 1688 Taobao to Shopify effectively, however, you can apply 1688 Taobao dropshipping agent service to automate order fulfillment. Once the order fulfillment automated, it equals you automate dropshipping from 1688 Taobao as the rest works are the same with you did on Aliexpress dropshipping automation. You just need to follow the steps listed bellow.

Step 1. Product search. Search trending products or hotsale products on aliexpress product categories and make a product list;

Step2. Confirm the product list with ShipAnt to source product list from 1688 Taobao and filter product suppliers with prices;

Step3. Import product from Aliexpress to Shopify Automatically via Oberlo or other apps;

Step4. Integrate Shopify with ShipAnt ERP to sync product and order info;

Step5. Automate marketing with email and social marketing tools;

Step6. Automate order fulfillment with ShipAnt dropshipping service.

Although you cannot automate dropshipping directly from 1688 Taobao to Shopify, ShipAnt order fulfillment service provides a bridge to connect Shopify and 1688 Taobao dropshipping suppliers to automate order fulfillment with better user experience and lower cost.

Advantages of 1688 Taobao dropshipping automation

There are lots of benifits to automate dropshipping from 1688 Taobao to Shopify, the following listed the top4 advantages:

Save time
When you dropship from 1688 Taobao, the whole procedure is complicated if you do not know Chinese well, time is a non-renewable asset and the less you have to spend doing repetitive tasks, with ShipAnt order fulfillment service, you can either use it to invest into other areas of your business, or have more free time to pursue your hobbies and interests.

Save money
ShipAnt provide one stop 1688 Taobao dropshipping service in the order fulfillment process, compared to hire person to do the jobs to do the tasks you don’t want to do or cannot do yourself, it is more cost effective. Automating your dropshipping business from 1688 Taobao allows you to put off having to make that first hire, keeping more money in your pocket for longer.

Humans make mistakes. ShipAnt integrate Shopify with 1688 Taobao to automate the purchase and order fulfillment without copying and pasting information, or transferring customer addresses manually, thus less likely to make mistakes that can sometimes be costly. For example, when a customer makes an order, all of the information that they provided at checkout can automatically synced into ShipAnt ERP and match the 1688 Taobao supplier automatically. You don’t have to do anything.

Better user experience
With Shipant order fulfillment service, we can help you improve user experience in 3 ways, the first one is merge multiple items from multiple suppliers to reduce multiple shipping packages and shipping costs; the second one is quality check, pick out the flaws and exchange to reduce aftersale rates; the third one is unify shipping packaging, label to make user feel more official.

What’s the procedure to automate dropshipping from 1688 Taobao to Shopify? You can take a look ShipAnt 1688 Taobao order fulfillment service and procedure for more details. In addition to Shopify, ShipAnt also supports Woocommerce, Amazon, eBay, Etsy dropship wholesale from 1688 Taobao. You are welcome to inquire if you want to automate dropshipping and wholesale from 1688 Taobao.