86Deal dropshipping services and 1688 Taobao order fulfillment procedure

Along with the COVID19 issues lots of dropshippers turned into dropshipping agent instead of Aliexpress to help them dropship from China for faster shipping, the first thing they may need to know is 1688 Taobao dropshipping procedure. I used to write a blog about 86Deal order fulfillment procedure but it was lost due to server attack, thus I spent 2 days to write a new one with 86Deal dropshipping services and procedure in details.

86Deal mainly provide 1688 Taobao dropshipping and wholesale service to help small business dropship and wholesale from China. Due to the different business mode the service and fee are a little different. I will explain the dropshipping and wholesale service respectively.

1688 Taobao dropshipping service

86Deal provides one step order fulfillment service to help small business dropship from 1688 Taobao, our service includes:

Sourcing service. We can help you source from 1688 Taobao as well as other Chinese online shopping platforms based on your products photos, keywords and budget, then help you filter quality dropshipping suppliers on 1688 Taobao. You do not have to suffer hard time from the language issue as we can write and speak fluently English and Chinese to help you search and communicate with suppliers;

Purchasing service. Once we source the dropshipping supplier and confirmed with the product price with you, then you can send us the money for us the purchase, the money you sent will be based on your order quantities. We will need to confirm with 1688 Taobao sellers about the product color, size, weight, volume, quantities, stock and delivery time as well as the product condition before we pay;

Quality inspection service. It is one of the biggest difference between you dropship from Aliexpress and 1688 Taobao. It affects user experience greatly however when you dropship from Aliexpress there are higher aftersale rates caused by the product quality. During QC we will help you:

1. Check product has flaws or damaged. The warehouse people will mark all the products have flaws or damaged then send to the purchase worker, she will contact suppliers to show the photos and ask for return exchange address to send them back to exchange;

2. Remove Chinese characters and promotional cards. It might affect the user experience and secondary purchase in your store. During QC the warehouse people will help you remove them;

Please bear in mind, the QC service we can only help you observe and pick out the products not in good condition. It doesnt include functional test, if you need simple test before shipping, you can contact 86Deal sales in advance.

Label service. 86Deal provide label service to help the Shopify sellers brand their store. For example, if you are fashion clothing seller and you need to label the clothing, we provide label service to help you sew the brand labels and hang tags on the clothing, however, it isnt free, we charge 3 yuan/pcs for label sewing and tag hanging service. If you are selling digital products we can help you contact supplier for OEM label service or customize stickers for cheaper cost.

Repacking service. Once the product being checked in good condition, warehouse will repack them based on the products. If you sell fashion clothing we will repack with new transparent packaging, other products will be repacked with its original packaging. If you have customized packaging such as plastic bags, cardboard boxes in our warehouse, we will help you repack with your own packaging.

Barcode service. After the products repacked, the warehouse will print and stick barcode based on your store product SKU then put them on the rack and update inventory as well as the rack ID in ERP system;

Warehousing service. 86Deal offers free warehousing service for clients as long as you have stable sales. Meanwhile, you can check real time inventory for your store.

Packing list and shipping label printing. The order fulfillment people check orders to match warehouse stock, if the orders have stock they will print order list and shipping label.

Packaging customization. There are many Shopify dropshippers prefer to customize label, sticker, Thank you card, letters, gifts, coupon card, packaging to help them marketing their store. And it helps the secondary purchase and social distrubition for free traffics.

86Deal also helps Shopify sellers customize packaging, label, stickers, thank you card, letters, gifts, coupon card to assist the store marketing, however, those material have very high MOQ, if you do not have stable orders it will increase the cost greatly. Thus we suggest Shopify sellers with at least 30 to 50 orders per day to apply for this service.

Pick pack service. The warehouse worker will pick different items from the rack in the warehouse and put the order list together with shipping labels in the basket, another people will check the items with the packing list, then pack them together and stick shipping label.

Shipping service. We offer different shipping service to meet faster delivery requirements.

DHL. 3 to 6 days delivery from China to worldwide countries. Suitable for high value products and orders need fast delivery;

4PX, Yunexpress and Yanwen. The small package lines from these 3 couriers mainly shipping from China to EU and USA, Canada and Australia, 7 to 15 days delivery and relatively faster and stable than ePacket. You can inquire 4PX, Yunexpress Yanwen shipping rates from China to EU and USA via with product name, weight and shipping countries at any time.

China post air mail and ePacket. Suitable for light weight packages and no requirements on delivery time. ePacket used to be stable ship from China to its 39 destination countries, however, it is very unstable since the COVID19 period, it takes months delivery, if you need faster and stable delivery service you may ignore China post air mail and ePacket.

Tracking upload. Once the warehouse fulfilled the orders, they will upload tracking to Shopify store automatically. Then Shopify will notify clients with tracking.

Return service. The return service here means product has flaws or damage during QC, we will help you contact supplier and return them to exchange a new one, 1688 Taobao only offer 7 days free return and exchange service.

We also offer package return service from overseas to China. However, the package return cost would be expensive and the package may have tax when they return to China, we will not afford the package return cost and tax, thus if you need to return to our warehouse in Guangzhou, please contact us for more details in advance in case there has extra cost.

With the dropshipping service list above, Shopify sellers only need to focus on the store product selection test and marketing, 86Deal will take care of the order fulfillment part. Unlike other dropshipping agents, we charge service fee per order, MOQ 100 orders per month, the more orders the cheaper service fee.

1688 wholesale service

1688 Wholesale is slightly different from dropshipping. 86Deal 1688 wholesale service includes:

Sourcing. We will source based on the product photo, keywords and its budget price, then filter 1688 supplier based on the product sales, secondary purchase rates, years of experience as well as other factors;

Sample/Bulk wholesale purchase. Before bulk wholesale purchase, we will filter different suppliers to make samples, then check the quality, take photos and compare samples from different 1688 suppliers to select the best one to bulk wholesale;

When purchasing on 1688, we will need to confirm the bulk wholesale price, stock and delivery time.

Quantities check. Once the bulk wholesale products arrived, we will help you check the quantities and color, size to match the orders, pick out the damaged products.

Consolidate service. Once all the bulk wholesale products arrived 86Deal warehouse, we will consolidate products from different suppliers together to reduce weight and volume.

International shipping. Currently we mainly help our clients ship from China 1688 to EU and USA via air, sea, train and courier, each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Courier DHL, FedEx and UPS. 3 to 6 days delivery from China to EU and USA. It is fast but also the most expensive way shipping from China.

Tax free air delivery. It need to book civil airline in advance, unlike cargo delivery, the air delivery take two parts, first part shipping from China to destination country city via airline, then clean customs. The second part is to deliver to cleints door via UPS, FedEx, DHL or local courier.

The tax free air delivery usually takes 10 to 20 days, shipping cost cheaper than courier, door to door delivery, tax included in the shipping cost.

Tax free sea shipping. Only for packages at least 1 CBM or 200kg. It takes 30 to 40 days, shipping cost more cheaper than air delivery, door to door delivery, tax included.

Tax free train delivery. Only available for EU countries. Package at least 50kg, it takes 30 to 40 days delivery, door to door delivery and tax included.

Since 1688 wholesale service isnt the same with dropshipping, we charge service fee 5% of the total value, minimum 15 usd per order. If you need make sample since it is time consuming we charge 15 usd service fee per sample.

1688 dropshipping order fulfillment procedure

86Deal provides one step 1688 dropshipping service, the order fulfillment procedure list below:

When we fulfill orders on Shopify, there are usually two ways, the first way is Shopify integration, another is csv files to fulfill manually. Manual fulfillment is only for clients who we working with at the beginning and daily orders less than 30. We will need the items with order ID, photos, color, size, quantities and shipping info like receiver name, address, city, province, post code, phone number etc. We mainly talk about the Shopify integration for order fulfillment.

Shopify integration. There are 3 steps to integrate shopify to update orders for us to fulfill them.

Firstly, we will need Shopify sellers to install dianxiaomi app in Shopify app store;

Secondly, ask 86Deal to get an email address to invite as staff or admin with orders and apps access;

Thirdly, we will integrate Shopify with Dianxiaomi to update orders from Shopify.

After Shopify integration, the next steps will be sourcing, purchasing, QC, repacking, barcode, warehousing, pick and pack, shipping and upload tracking to Shopify. If you need label and packaging customization service, we can help you too, but you will need to have stable sales on the store.

1688 wholesale procedure

The wholesale procedure is much more easier than dropshipping. When you need to wholesale from 1688, you will need to send an inquiry with the product links, photos, color, size, quantities as well as your budget price, if you do not have the inquiry format, you can ask 86Deal to get the xls format, fill the product information then send to us, we will help you source, sample and purchase, consolidate to ship from China. Please check 1688 wholesale service list above in details then send us inquiry.

After we listed 1688 Taobao dropshipping and wholesale service as well as procedures, mostly dropshippers or wholesalers may have many questions, here we also listed the dropshipping wholesale FAQ for you as a reference.

1688 Taobao dropshipping wholesale FAQ

1. Why dropshipping from 1688 Taobao? Does it cheaper than Aliexpress?

1688 Taobao have at least 10 times products and suppliers than Aliexpress, if you just start dropshipping and the product you selelct under 15 usd, dropshipping from 1688 Taobao wont be cheaper than Aliexpress as there has 1688 Taobao agent service fee and higher shipping cost. But if you have stable sales with best sellers, you can greatly optimize the product cost to reduce the cost for higher profits and faster delivery than Aliexpress.

2. Does 86Deal have moq orders for dropshipping order fulfillment?

Yes we have 100 orders minimum requirements with daily average 3 to 4 orders as the human cost is high these days and we need main efforts to guarantee faster fulfillment service for clients with stable sales.

3. How much is the 1688 Taobao order fulfillment service fee?

Different dropshippers have different product categories and SKUs which has different cost during order fulfillment procedure. We charge fashion clothing dropshippers 25 yuan service fee per order since there are many skus and virants, other products categories we charge 15 yuan service fee per order. The more orders the cheaper service fee.

Our service fee charged on per order, it includes sourcing, purchasing, repacking, warehousing, pick pack, packing material and tracking upload service, you do not have to pay each service respectively.

When you inquiry service fee via email, please provide your store url and monthly order quantities, we will quote more accurate cost.

4. What’s the fee structure dropshipping from 1688 Taobao?

When you dropshipping from 1688 Taobao, the cost mainly include 4 parts, product cost, domestic shipping fee from supplier to 86Deal warehouse, service fee and international shipping fee.

5. How do I estimate the dropshipping cost from 1688 Taobao?

It isnt hard to estimate the cost as long as you provide the products photos or 1688 aliexpress product links. We will help you source on 1688 and confirm the product cost, domestic shipping, weight and volume for international shipping, plus service fee you will get a general ideas for the product cost dropshipping from 1688 Taobao.

6. How long does 1688 Taobao dropshipping takes? How long 86Deal processing my orders?

Similar to dropshipping cost, the order delivery time include 3 parts, supplier deliver time, warehouse processing time and international delivery time.

Since 86Deal located in Guangzhou, South China, since China is very big, if your supplier located in South China, the delivery time usually 1 to 2 days, if your supplier located in , middle China or East China, it takes 3 to 4 days, if your suppliers located in West, North East, North China, it usually takes 4 to 6 days to our warehouse. Our warehouse processing time usually in 1 day, when it comes to vacation, it may take 2 days sometime. As for international shipping delivery time, currently most packages shipping from China to EU and USA could be delivered in 7 to 15 days, more stable than ePacket and China post air mail.

How to reduce 1688 Taobao dropshipping order fulfillment time?Firstly when we sourcing products we usually choose suppliers in South and East China as the distance between us closer and the logistics more faster. Secondly we suggest Shopify sellers wholesale best seller products in store as they have stable sales and wholesale for higher profits and faster delivery from our warehouse. Thirdly, choose courier service as paid shipping service in Shopify store.

7. Can I pay via Paypal?

Sorry, we do not accept paypal. 86Deal accepts wechat and Alipay if you can pay via Chinese Yuan, Transferwise and Payoneer if you can pay via USD or EU, we also accept bank transfer via west union or Moneygram.

8. Where I can get 86Deal reviews?

Frankly speaking we didnt ask our shopify seller clients to review our service in the past as we mainly provide B2B service instead of B2C service, unlike shopping on Shopify or Amazon eBay, people get used to check product reviews to help them made decision, our clients information might be confidential. We suggest you compare our service with others mainly from the professional communication service, dropshipping service, respond time and fee and other things you may concern.

9. How do I private label my products and branding packaging?

We can help you private label and branding packaging, however, you need at least 600 orders per month or above. Unlike the products you can dropship 1 pcs, the label and packaging all have very high moq, if you do not have stable sales, it will increase your cost.

If you private label clothing, we can help you sew label, stick tags and exchange customize packaging. If you need private label other products you may need to have stable sales then we help you contact the manufacturer as they have hundreds of moq for private label.

Of course the service isnt free, we charge 3 yuan/pcs for sewing clothing label and hanging tags.

You will need to provide PSD file or CDR file if you need customize label and logo, size as well as material. Then we can help you contact the printing factory to prototype and print.

We can help you customize label, tag, stickers, packaging bags, carton box, thank you card, coupon card, letters etc. But be sure to provide the design file.

10. Which countries you mainly ship and shipping rates? Can you dropship from South America, Middle East and other countries? How do I track the orders?

Currently 86Deal mainly optimize shipping solutions from China to EU and USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore, Malaysia. We can also ship to Middle East, South America via China post, but if you have stable sales we can help you find small package line to ship to your clients in those countries at cost effective and stable way.

Currently EU countries shipping rates 90 yuan/kg to 130 yuan/kg to different countries EU, 7 to 15 days delivery, UK, France, Germany deliver relatively faster; USA 120 yuan/kg, 8 to 15 days delivery, Canada 135 yuan/kg, 10 to 20 days delivery, Australia 130 yuan/kg, 8 to 15 days delivery. Singapore and west Malaysia, 60 yuan/kg, 7 to 10 days delivery.

The shipping rates changed week by week during the COVID19 period, you are welcome inquire the lastest shipping rates.

All the packages we shipped from China has tracking number and we will update to Shopify after we fulfilled, it will be sent to clients via email automatically.

11. What are the best products your clients dropship from 1688 Taobao?

Sorry that’s our clients business secrets and we wont suggest any products. Once you dropship from 1688 Taobao you need to do your own research on the products you want to dropship, it is more responsible for your business.

Once you decided the products you want to dropship from 1688 Taobao, we can help you source and filter suppliers. Also we will also suggest some trending products on Aliexpress Amazon regularly for you as a reference only.

12. What dropshipping platforms you support in addition to Shopify?

In addition to Shopify, we also supports Amazon, eBay, Shopee, Lazada, Tophatter, Wish, Woocommerce and Mengato.

dropshipping platforms 86deal support

13. Do I have to stock in 86Deal warehouse to dropship from 1688 Taobao?

No you do not have to. Currently our clients who dropship from 1688 Taobao have stock in our warehouse mainly are the best seller products with stable sales, for one thing they can get wholesale price to make more profits, for another thing we can ship from warehouse directly if the products have stock to reduce delivery time from 1688 Taobao suppliers.

Thus whether to have stock in our warehouse or not totally based on the product sales in your store.

14. Will you compensate if the package broken or lost?

If the clients report package broken please ask them take a photo for the package, we will send to the courier to ask for compensation; if the product lost in our warehouse we will compensate based on the product value, if it lost during international shipping please provide the tracking number we will negotiate with courier company to compensate based on their policy.

15. In addition to 1688 Taobao can you also source from Aliexpress Alibaba and other Chinese online platform or offline wholesale market?

Currently we mainly source from 1688 Taobao for dropshipping and wholesale, if the products cannot being found on 1688 Taobao you can send us Aliexpress Aliababa links we can contact the supplier if they can ship to our warehouse in Guangzhou. If they can then there’s no problem else you may need to convince the Aliexpress Alibaba supplier to ship to our warehouse.

Since Guangzhou is one of the biggest clothing fashion wholesale market, bag and shoes wholesale market, if you have bulk wholesale orders need we source for you, we may go to the wholesale market to source suppliers, but for dropshipping orders we dont source online.

16. How long time you can warehouse for my products? Can I check real time inventory?

We have no warehousing time restrictions as long as you continually ship from our warehouse. Once we fulfill orders for your store we will export the stock inventory based on your requirements, if you need real time inventory, we can also create a member account on our ERP system for you to check the stock inventory.

17. Do you offer faster yet cheaper ways dropshipping from China compared to Aliexpress?

We will need to divide into 2 questions to answer, we do offer faster delivery service shipping from China to overseas compared to Aliexpress, for example, we have 4px, Yunexpress, Yanwen and other small package line shipping from China which can be delivered in 5 to 15 days, stable and cost effective, however, compared to Aliexpress standard shipping or epacket shipping it is higher but more stable.


9 questions to select a reliable dropshipping supplier on 1688

For cross-border e-commerce sellers who are not manufacturers themselves, the success of the business depends to a large extent on the reliability of the supplier, which is especially prominent for dropshipping sellers. While there are many ways to assess the quality of a potential supplier when you dropshipping from 1688, in the final analysis, sellers need to ask suppliers about the necessary issues to ensure supplier reliability. We listed 9 questions to help you select a reliable dropshipping supplier on 1688.

Question 1. Did you sell the products on 1688 to the end clients?

There are many 1688 suppliers sell their products to end customers in addition to dropshipping and wholesale sellers. In fact, these kind of suppliers can only be counted as retailers. And a true manufacture on 1688 is not directly facing the end customer. For dropshipping seller, if the 1688 supplier also sells the product to the end customer, the goods dropshipping cost must increase. Thus do not choose the suppliers on 1688 which sell goods to end clients.

Question 2. Will you do business with dropshipping beginners?

It is very important as most dropshipping beginners are new to 1688 suppliers, for them it is risky to cooperate with clients are new to dropshipping business as it usually takes too much time at the beginning, so when you choose suppliers on 1688 you need to confirm whether they offer dropshipping service for beginners.

Question 3. Do you charge a monthly fee?

In general, a high-quality supplier on 1688 does not charge a monthly fee to dropshipping sellers who do business with them. If this happens, then this supplier may be in financial trouble, so if you encounter such a supplier, you\’d better looking for other supply resources.

Questions 4. What is your return policy?

Every cross-border e-commerce dropshipping seller will encounter the problem of returning goods, which is a big problem for dropshipping sellers, because all return and exchange needs suppliers to deal with. Therefore, when looking for a dropshipping supplier, you need to ask the supplier\’s return policy, understand how the supplier handles the return problem, so that when the customer is not satisfied with certain products, the seller can respond quickly and provide a complete return process.

Questions 5. Do you have a minimum order requirement for dropshipping?

Some 1688 suppliers will only work with dropshipping sellers who have a certain number of orders. So when you are looking for a dropshipping supplier on 1688, you need to know what are the specific requirements on dropshipping, then you can plan according to your own situation, instead of being scared by this request and wasting a good supplier resources.

Question 6. Do you provide inventory data updates?

For consumers, the worst experience in the entire shopping process is to choose a good product but only after the order is placed, it is told that it is out of stock. In order to avoid this, a dropshipping seller must know if the suppliers provide inventory data in a timely manner when looking for dropshipping suppliers on 1688, and how often the data is updated.

Questions 7. What\’s the dropshipping delivery time?

The goods delivery time affects the consumer experience directly and which is also a problem they are very concerned about, usually dropshipping delivery the faster the better. Of course, you should also concern about the shipping cost with the goods cost. As a dropshipping seller you cannot directly touch the product, it is necessary to know from the dropshipping fulfillment agent which courier is the best for 1688 dropshipping business and what\’s the estimate delivery time which you can list on your shopify store.

Question 8. What\’s the service charge?

This question is usually for the dropshipping fulfillment agent as mostly 1688 suppliers only ship in China. The whole dropshipping process on 1688 may include sourcing, bargain and purchasing, receiving goods, quality check, warehousing, labeling, packing and shipping. As a 1688 dropshipping fulfillment agent, 86Deal charges based on each package to lower down the cost for dropshippers.

Question 9. How to contact you once have any questions? 

The dropshipping business has been started long time ago, and the market is not very good because of the business platform and environment. However, high-quality suppliers on 1688 are still very easy to find, and there will inevitably be some problems in the dropshipping process. At this time, if the dropshipping seller does not know how to contact the supplier to solve the issue, it is easy for the consumer to lose patience. Therefore, a seller must be aware of the supplier\’s contact information when looking for a dropshipping supplier on 1688.

The above 9 questions are a reference for you to select a reliable dropshipping supplier on 1688.