DSers' New Solution for Effortless and Cost-Effective Agent Dropshipping off AliExpress

DSers' New Solution for Effortless and Cost-Effective Agent Dropshipping off AliExpress

Dropshipping can be a lucrative business, but it can also be challenging to manage. While some dropshippers use AliExpress as their main platform for sourcing products, others have moved away due to issues such as long shipping times, declining profit margins, inconvenient payment, and poor customer experience.

However, even those who have managed to succeed by dropshipping with suppliers outside of AliExpress may still struggle with dealing with an endless stream of CSV files, spending a lot of time communicating with multiple suppliers or dropshipping agents, and so on.

This article aims to provide an in-depth understanding of dropshipping agent (also known as off-platform suppliers), the agent dropshipping model, and the associated challenges. We will also explore how DSers' solutions can streamline the entire process, making it easier for you to manage your dropshipping business.

What Is an Dropshipping Agent

A dropshipping agent is a supplier that can either manufacture products or purchase them from manufacturers on your behalf. One of the primary benefits of working with a dropshipping agent/supplier is that they may offer a better price on products compared to purchasing them on third-party marketplaces like AliExpress, especially for large order volumes. Additionally, they often provide a premium service to support your business.

Despite these advantages, there are some common pain points associated with dropshipping with agents. Let's delve into how it works.

How Does Agent Dropshipping Work

When dropshipping on Shopify and sourcing products from AliExpress, there are several handy tools available such as DSers to help automate the order processing. However, agent dropshipping typically requires more manual processes if you do it all by yourself. To help you better understand how agent dropshipping works, please refer to the table below.

Before you begin, you may want to learn these terms: Agency and ERP.









Make and pay for an order on your store


Generate the order on Shopify


Download order info from Shopify and send them via CSV files to your agency


Calculate the order price and ask you to pay


Verify and make payment, and notify your agency


Check the payment and upload CSV files to ERP


Request the warehouse to pack packages and shipping providers to ship out them


Get tracking numbers from shipping providers and send them to your agency


Download CSV files with tracking numbers and send to you


Upload tracking numbers to Shopify


Fulfill the order and send an email to your  buyer

Challenges of Dropshipping with Agents

As listed above, in the agent dropshipping model, both you and your off-platform suppliers frequently work with CSV files. This can be a tedious task that requires a lot of manual effort. In the following section, we will look into some common challenges you may face when dropshipping with agents.

Difficulty in managing multiple suppliers

Due to the limitation of sales channels like Shopify, each store can be only connected to one ERP system. So it's quite inconvenient to manage orders from different suppliers, especially when your suppliers use more than one ERP.

Time-consuming and error-prone order processing

Managing orders requires a lot of manual work, particularly when dealing with a large number of orders. Each order needs to be verified manually, including customer information, order price, shipping price, and other details. It can result in low work efficiency.

Ineffective communication with agents

Besides, the communication can be really frustrating especially when dealing with time differences as many of your product suppliers are based in China, which may lead to delayed shipments and unhappy customers.

DSers dropshipping

Revolutionize Your Dropshipping Business with DSers New Agency Management Solution!


DSers' Solution to Automate Agent Dropshipping

DSers, as the top-rated dropshipping app on Shopify App Store, has served over 600k active merchants to better dropship with AliExpress. In order to help dropshippers who source products beyond AliExpress automate the process, DSers releases the new solution - DSers Agency Management Solution.

One-app to manage multiple agents

DSers integrates with various ERP systems, including Dianxiaomi and Mabang, enabling you to manage multiple off-platform suppliers in one place. It syncs customer orders from your store to your agent's ERPs and automatically uploads tracking numbers back to your store, making it simple to manage orders from multiple agents.

Streamlined order processing

With DSers Agency Management tool, you are able to place and pay for an order to your suppliers without exchanging CSV files back and forth. Moreover, your supplier can configure the cost templates, which will automatically be applied to calculate the product prices and shipping costs based on the destination countries of your customer order. This will save you time on checking order quotations repeatedly.

Automatic order fulfillment

DSers automates the whole process between your Shopify store and your agent's ERPs, freeing up your time and eliminating the need for constant communication with suppliers, concerns about pricing errors, and manual tracking number uploads. With DSers, you can easily expand your dropshipping business outside of AliExpress in a seamless and cost-effective manner, allowing you to focus on achieving success with minimal effort.

Explore the New Agency Management Feature

Here is a list of articles on how to manage agents and process agent orders.


What can you do with it

Roles in agency dropshipping model

Understand the roles involved in the process and how data is transferred among them to fulfill an order.

Map the product with an agent

Determine which agent you want to set up for your products.

Change the agent for a product

Change the agent for your mapped products when necessary.

Replace AliExpress/Tmall supplier with an agent

Change your product supplier of a third-party platform to an agent.

Process Agency orders

Automate your agency order processing.

Final Words

Dropshipping agents are a great way to lessen costs among many dropshipping strategies. However, you need to consider how to achieve your dropshipping goals efficiently while keeping things as simple as possible. That is where the DSers Agency feature comes in very handy.

For more information, please contact DSers at premium-support@dserspro.com.

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