There’s a seldom used supplier in our line-up of drop ship suppliers for a product line we sell on one our websites. There’s a reason we don’t use them very much – no online ordering system and they don’t do USPS. Or so we thought.
Out of the blue, a new rep from that company called me yesterday and asked if they couldn’t have more of our business. I really appreciate when they just come right out like that and ask! So I took some time with him and explained about the shortcomings as we understood them. He said they now do ship USPS and he would be glad to look into setting us up with online ordering access.
The thing about this supplier is that they have 3 strategically located warehouses. One in upstate New York, one in Tennessee, and one in Southern California. Very well placed for getting that merchandise to the customers in the shortest route possible. So I will definitely be looking at doing more business with them.
Sometimes as in this example, a constraint may have once kept you from doing business with a supplier, but things change. Keep your vendor contacts in your contact file for awhile and it might pay off later (even if it doesn’t now).
You can read more about how drop shipping is used in a home-based business in Jump Start your Home Business with Real Drop Shipping, Drop Ship Scams, and Leveraging Multiple Drop Ship Suppliers.