Spocket is an intuitive platform that makes dropshipping easy. Ever since this platform evolved, a lot of dropshippers are confused about how it works. I bet you also want to know how to use Spocket dropshipping platform?
So this article will answer:
- How does Spocket work?
- How do you dropship with Spocket?
- How do you fulfill a Spocket order?
- And more.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
What is Spocket?
Spocket is a tool and marketplace that makes life easy for dropshippers. The marketplace is great for finding high-quality products and adding them to dropshipping stores with one click.
The tool allows dropshippers to automate many activities, including helping them to streamline their sales, facilitate the order fulfillment process, etc.
Here are a few benefits of using the Spocket dropshipping tool:
- Spocket can integrate with the most popular eCommerce platforms like Shopify, Wix, WooCommerce, etc.
- You can add products to your store with a single click
- Spocket runs quite an extensive product database across several categories like fashion, health, technology, etc.
- Only qualified suppliers that have passed through multiple verification stages are accepted on Spocket. Hence, forcing the products’ quality to be high.
- Spocket delivery time is usually between 2 – 5 days because you can choose suppliers closer to your customers
- When adding products to your store from Spocket, you can customize them by adding tags, product titles, images, alt texts, product descriptions, etc.
- Spocket supports smooth order fulfillment. You will get notified when a customer places an order on your store, you can verify it and forward it to your supplier with one click
- Automated price markup
- Allows creating branded invoices
- Access to premium winning products
- Insane customer support
While the majority of these features are accessible with any plan, some require you to be subscribed to specific Spocket pricing plans before using them.
How Does Spocket Work for Dropshipping [in 10 Steps]
Now that you are convinced that Spocket is worthy of trial, the next move is to know how to use it for your dropshipping business.
So how does Spocket works for dropshippers?
- Sign up for a free account
- Link your store to your account
- Take a tour around the platform
- Browse the product catalog to find what to sell
- Vet Suppliers
- Order a sample product
- Import products to your store
- Start Selling
- Fulfill Orders
Here is a detailed explanation.
1. Sign Up for a Free Account
You need to sign up for Spocket to start using it. The best part is you don’t need to commit to a paid plan yet, almost all the packages offer a 14-day free trial.
Once you create your Spocket account, you can log in to the platform to enjoy your trial period. There is also a lifetime free plan with limited features. I don’t think you will need that if you run a proper dropshipping business.
2. Connect Your Store to Spocket
You already know by now that Spocket can integrate with most of the popular eCommerce platforms like Shopify, Woocommerce, Square, etc.
So after creating your Spocket account, the next thing to do is connect it to your online store. The integration process depends on the platform you are hosting your store on.
For Shopify, you will need to go to the Shopify app store and search for ‘Spocket Shopify app’, then click on the add button. This will prompt you to enter your Spocket login details for the account you created earlier.
Regardless of which e-commerce platform your store is built on, here is how to connect it with Spocket:
- Login to your Spocket account
- Next, click on the “My Shop” button on the bottom-left side of the page
- Find your e-commerce store builder and follow click on “Connect Store”.
- Go through the authorization step and select “Accept” to enable Spocket to integrate with your store
- After that, go to settings and navigate to the store tab where you can find your connected store and manage your Spocket plan
Once you successfully link your store with Spocket, you can begin to browse the product catalog to see the kinds of products on the Spocket marketplace.
3. Take a Tour Around Spocket
On your Spocket dashboard, you can find a quick tour that shows you everything about the platform.
I strongly recommend you check the tour so you know everything the platform is capable of offering. The ‘quick guide’ is always accessible from your dashboard so you can check it out anytime.
4. Browse the Product Catalog
Now to the fun part; finding what to sell.
Spocket offers varieties of products across different categories, including:
- Bath and beauty
- Jewelry and watches
- Kids and babies
- Men’s and women’s clothing
- Tech accessories
- Bags and wallets
- Festivals and parties
- Sports and outdoors
- Home and garden
There is also a category called ‘trending’ that showcases products with upward sales trends.
And if your plan gives you access to premium products, you can unlock access to best-selling and heavily discounted (30 – 60%) products. Merchants on the higher plans can add more premium products to their stores.
Finding these premium products is easy. You will see them when browsing the product catalog marked with a premium logo at the bottom of the product image.
Better still, you can activate the ‘premium filter’ to quickly search these products.
Overall, searching for products on Spocket is a simple task, you can search by name, category, or filter by location and price.
One thing to consider when searching for products on Spocket is the suppliers’ location because it can influence the shipping times and prices.
Even though the majority of Spocket’s suppliers are US and UK-based, you will still find many global suppliers on the platform.
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5. Validate Suppliers
You already know that Spocket takes quality seriously, which means all of its suppliers can be trusted.
However, Spocket also proceeds to make things easier for you by vetting and rating suppliers based on their processing and shipping times and product quality.
You can easily check suppliers’ profiles to review their refund and return policies, which are very critical in dropshipping businesses. They can make or break your business.
Once you find suppliers selling products you like, you can move to the next step.
6. Order a Sample
One of the biggest strengths of the Spocket dropshipping app is the fact that it allows you to order a sample before adding a product to your store. This allows you to verify the quality of the goods you are trying to sell to your customers.
Once you find a product you are interested in, click “order samples” in the product description to order a sample.
A popup will show asking you to choose the number of samples you want to order (up to 5) and allow you to review the price, including the shipping fee.
One reason this is important is that most dropshippers sell products they can’t vouch for since they haven’t used them. Having personal experience using a product is crucial to your dropshipping success.
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7. Add Products to Your Store
After finding products that meet your needs, the next step is importing them to your store with a single click. If you’ve already linked your e-commerce store with Spocket, then this should be easy.
You just need to place your cursor on the product you want to import and click on a green bar showing “add to import list”. You can go back to your import list to check all the products you’ve added and review them before making them go live on your website.
While reviewing them, you can modify many details such as:
- Product name
- Product type
- Profit margin
- Product tags
- Product images
- The collections the products will be part of
- Variants (sizes, colors, etc)
When setting your profit margin, you should consider how you will handle shipping costs. For example, if you want to enable free shipping, you need to set higher profit margins.
Spocket allows you to automate this using the “markup” feature. Click on “Settings” at the lower-left corner of your dashboard, then open the “Global pricing rules”. From there, you can set the default markup for all the new products added to the import list.
For example, if you set a 100% price markup, the prices of the products will double without you changing them manually. This feature is a time-saver.
Once you verify all the product settings, you can click on the “push to store” button to make them go live on your store.
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8. Create Branded Invoice
Spocket also allows you to create branded invoices showcasing your brand. To do this navigate to “Settings” and select “Store” from the tabs. You can then update your store’s email, logo, and phone number, and add a personal note.
Keep in mind that the branded invoicing feature is only available on paid plans and not all suppliers support it.
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9. Start Selling
Once you’ve completed all the previous steps, you should start marketing your store to attract the right customers. If you already have a few marketing techniques working for you, you should stick with them.
Otherwise, I strongly recommend you learn some of the most powerful techniques to drive customers to your e-commerce store. You can’t make any sales if you can’t get traffic.
10. Fulfill Orders
Once you receive your first order, log in to your Spocket app to execute a one-click checkout to fulfill the order. This will notify your suppliers of the new order and they will take care of the order fulfillment while you enjoy your new profit.
You can also track the order’s progress by checking the “My Orders” tab from your Spocket dashboard. If you’ve carefully selected the right suppliers, there shouldn’t be any issues with the order fulfilments.
I hope this tutorial answers your question “how does Spocket works?’. I recommend your sign up for your 14-day free trial (no credit card required) to have a better understanding of how the platform works.
And if you are confused about which pricing plan to subscribe to, you should read this article: how much is the Spocket dropshipping platform?
Are you ready to take your dropshipping business to the next level with Spocket? let me know in the comment section.