Dropshipping is still one of the most popular business models to start an online webshop with. However, dropshipping as a business model has received a bad name in general, mainly because of webshop owners themselves. This is mainly caused by the price/quality ratio and long delivery times. You notice that more and more entrepreneurs are shifting to dropshipping suppliers closer to home. In this blog article we offer some options for reliable Dutch dropshipping suppliers in combination with WordPress, WooCommerce.
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What is dropshipping?
Dropshipping is a business model for e-commerce stores and mainly offered by wholesale suppliers. As a webshop owner dropshipping is interesting, since you don’t have to purchase high-volume of products. You literally pay-as-you-go; when you have received an order in your webshop, you will sent this order to the dropshipping supplier for fulfilment.
Among the advantages of dropshipping, we can list:
- has low initial investment;
- it is not necessary to hold any stock nor to have physical space for this purpose;
- no need to worry about packing or shipping orders
- if the chosen products are low in demand, it is possible to rearrange the virtual store without losing capital.
How to choose a supplier for your dropshipping business?
Choosing a supplier for your Dutch dropshipping business is one of your most important decisions. If your supplier isn’t reliable, you must compensate your customer instead of theirs. Be sure you choose someone responsible and committed to having your back. Is there any method to follow?
Unfortunately, not all dropshippers have your best interests in mind. However, there are a few ways to protect yourself and ensure you are never scammed:
- Pay attention to warning signs: There are things to watch out for when looking for a wholesale dutch dropshipping supplier.
- Monthly fees or membership fees: While some legitimate providers charge monthly fees, others are just looking to get your money. An easy way to avoid this fraud is to find out why they charge the fees. If the reason seems honest, it probably should be.
- It is not displaying an address: Every legal supplier must display an address, so it is not showing an address is a reason to discard it.
- Refuse to accept credit cards or checks: If a provider strictly handles wire transfers, go in another direction. More than 99% of serious suppliers will accept credit or checks.
5 Best Dutch dropshipping suppliers
1. VidaXL – best dropsshipping supplier in Europe
VidaXL is one of the largest dropshipping suppliers in Europe. Few people know that vidaXL was founded by Dutch guys. Therefore they have 2 distribution centers in the Netherlands. What does that mean for you? That the products of vidaXL – in general – have a normal delivery time of 1 business day.
The largest part of the vidaXL product catalog consists of furniture and home accessories. They sell low and high quality products. Herein, as a dropshipper of vidaXL, you have to be careful which products you offer to keep your customers satisfied as well.
Because vidaXL is so popular, there is also a lot of competition all over Europe. The products of vidaXL are frequently sold on marketplaces like Bol.com and Amazon. So you will have to be creative to earn a nice living from a dropshipping webshop in combination with vidaXL.
Do you want to add vidaXL dropshipping to your WooCommerce webshop? You can! Try the vidaXL WooCommerce plugin for free for 7 days.
Officially BigBuy is not a Dutch dropshipping supplier, the main office is located in Spain. However, the product catalog as well as the delivery time are very interesting for Dutch webshop owners.
BigBuy has a wide range of products in different product categories. Whether it is home, garden, sports, electronics or erotic items, BigBuy has it all! The delivery time averages 2-3 business days, a period that you can reasonably get away with nowadays if your service and price are in line with the market.
BigBuy also has a lot of competition. You will therefore have to distinguish yourself in some way to stand out.
At the moment BigBuy offers its own WooCommerce connection. However, this does not always work very well. Because of this Woosa will be launching a new BigBuy WooCommerce plugin in collaboration with BigBuy in mid-November 2021.
EDC Wholesale is a wholesaler of erotic items. The sister of EDC Wholesale owns the consumer webshop Easy Toys, but also Pabo. So are you looking for a dropshipper in erotic products? Then you have come to the right place.
EDC also has a very specific product catalog. The catalog really needs to suit you for EDC to work for you as a dropshipping supplier. If this is the case, delivery times are favorable, ordered today is delivered tomorrow (on business days).
EDC does not have a ready-to-use WooCommerce plugin. However, we can easily automate the product synchronization between EDC and WooCommerce.
Axihandel, in our opinion the dropshipping supplier in the Netherlands with the biggest product catalog. The supplier is also known for its assortment of A-brands, such as a Philips vacuum cleaner, a Leifheit mop or Intex pool. If your goal is to sell the best brands, then you have come to the right place at Axihandel.
Also, the delivery times of Axihandel are good, today ordered is tomorrow (on business days). In other words, all the success factors are present in combination with Axihandel for a successful dropshipping webshop.
But what about WooCommerce? Axihandel only delivers a product datafeed and has no ready-to-use plugins to webshop platforms like WooCommerce. Nevertheless we can easily automate the product synchronization between Axihandel and WooCommerce.
Van der Meer is located in Rotterdam and focuses exclusively on pet supplies. The company once started as a regular wholesaler, but now also offers a wide range of products through dropshipping. The benefit of Van der Meer is the assortment, they offer A-brands in pet supplies, think of Pedigree, YourDog but also own developed brands.
It is also easy to link Van der Meer to WooCommerce, by using the Van der Meer WooCommerce plugin. This plugin does not only allow you to import products into your WooCommerce store, but it also updates the stock and sends orders automatically to Van der Meer for shipment directly to your customer.
The only downside to Van der Meer is that their product range is very specific. Don’t want to sell animal supplies? Then this dropshipping supplier is not suitable for you. In addition, the competition is cut-throat in animal supplies. You will have to come up with a unique business model to make a difference and earn some money.
Many more Dutch dropshipping suppliers
There are dozens of other Dutch dropshipping suppliers, with whom we currently have no concrete experience but who we hear are excellent suppliers for the Dutch market.
Dropshipping for WooCommerce
To become successful in dropshipping, automation is necessary. However, many dropshipping suppliers do not have a ready-to-use WooCommerce plugin, making this often more difficult.
Easily automate 1 or more dropshipping suppliers within your WooCommerce webshop, namely: importing products, synchronizing products (stock, price and optionally content) and order processing.