Are you having doubts about dropshipping due to the threats of coronavirus?
The coronavirus crisis in China has been a hot topic on dropshipping forum communities this year. As most dropshippers are sourcing products from AliExpress suppliers that are based in China, the impact of the virus on the availability and shipment of products to customers has been a great concern. Many would-be dropshippers hesitate to start for fear that there will be disruption in the product delivery from China which can cause trouble between them and their customers. Yet, is this enough to say that AliExpress dropshipping is no longer feasible? Let’s find out!
After its presence had been confirmed in the country on the 31st of December, 2019, the coronavirus situation in China has worsened since then. The government placed lockdowns on Chinese cities and temporarily shut down public transport thus, preventing factory workers to go back to work and factories to re-open after the Chinese New Year. The precautionary measures taken by the Chinese government caused dropshipping suppliers to close down for weeks, resulting in unfulfilled orders and delayed shipments for weeks.
Although they are well-stocked before the holiday break, the lockdown prevented them from resuming operation. And this affected not just dropshipping business but all eCommerce businesses with Chinese manufacturers as well. The coronavirus continued its worldwide spread but the situation in China has subsided. Many AliExpress suppliers have resumed operation and started updating their backlogs but it might take weeks or months before all operations are back to normal.
Is it safe to dropship products right now?
The truth is, nothing can stop you from dropshipping products right now. With the China situation already improving, Chinese suppliers will return to work as usual. However, if your customers are based in Italy, delivery will likely be delayed as the whole country is currently on lockdown. This will not be an issue with Italian customers as they are aware of the cause for delay and this will not harm your dropshipping business.
For countries that are not experiencing the coronavirus infection, product delivery will proceed normally. Yet for those countries that have already reported coronavirus cases like the US, Iran, France, South Korea, Australia, and the Philippines, there might be shipping delays due to precautionary measures that they might implement to combat the virus.
This is the perfect moment to start or resume dropshipping operations as people will be spending more time at home on their computers. With the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declaring coronavirus as a pandemic, more people would be avoiding shopping at brick-and-mortar stores and would turn to buy what they need online. People would rely heavily on online retail for their necessities like food, groceries, toiletries, and clothes. Also, to fight boredom and anxiety, many shoppers would do impulse buying, which is a great opportunity for dropshipping businesses to generate more sales.
Dropshipping during the coronavirus crisis is viable even if you source dropshipping products from China. As the dropshipping suppliers are coming back to work, the dropshipping operation will be back to normal soon. Due to the worsening situation in other countries that scare shoppers from, visiting a brick-and-mortar store, online eCommerce businesses including dropshippers will benefit greatly in this pandemic. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this opportunity to build a profitable dropshipping business right now!