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What to Expect From a POD Drop-Shipping Company

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By Susan - April 12, 2022- in Go-Getter Blog

If you’re trying to launch, grow, or scale an ecommerce business, POD drop-shipping companies can help. They handle all the details from production to fulfillment & get it shipped out quickly to your customers. You end up saving time & money – and save yourself tons of hassle & headaches along the way. But how does it all work, & is it the right choice for your business? Here’s how to decide.

White-Label Capabilities

Print-on-demand (POD) technology acts as a behind-the-scenes arm of your business. Your products are produced & fulfilled on your store’s behalf. When customers receive your products, they won’t see the POD companies name on the package, so it appears it came from you.

Convenient Drop Shipping Service

Dropshipping is an order fulfillment method that eliminates the need to keep products in stock yourself. When a customer orders a product, it’s fulfilled & shipped directly to their doorstep. The technique works seamlessly with white labeling & POD for an efficient way to build your ecommerce business. 

Creative Control

Print-on-demand companies offer flexible, creative control so you can create gorgeous designs on hundreds of products without having to order the products in bulk & risking the loss if they are unable to sell.

No Overhead

POD eliminates inevitable inventory headaches & storage issues. Instead, your products are produced, fulfilled, & shipped when customers purchase a product. You never have to touch the inventory or deal with postal or package carriers. If there’s a problem with the order, the POD provider is also there to step in & fix the issue. 

Multiple Product Options

Competitive POD companies offer hundreds of unique products in thousands of variations, from mugs to footwear, housewares, accessories, tote bags, & more. The flexibility to choose your own products helps you grow your store & respond to what your customers want. You can also swap out your selection with seasonal items without dealing with sourcing new inventory. 

Intuitive Interface

Even if you’re not tech savvy, you can build an online store & start selling right away. We offer solutions to get up & running on a done-for-you selling platform like Etsy. Just install the CustomCat app, & when a customer buys a product, we get busy fulfilling it. 

Our site is also designed for user-friendliness & provides an intuitive interface for sellers. It’s straightforward to upload your designs, apply them to the products you want, & manage your library. If you get stuck anywhere along the way, we have guides & tutorials, or you can reach out to the CustomCat team. 

Ability to Experiment with Products

When you run a brick-and-mortar store, every piece of inventory & product requires careful research & consideration. After all, you’re making an investment in advance that customers will want to buy what you’re selling. These limitations just don’t exist with POD technology. When you have a brainstorm, upload your designs & see how your audience responds. You could end up with a surprise winner that you would never have tried without the flexibility of POD.

No Financial Risk

The start-up costs of an ecommerce store vs. the brick-and-mortar alternative are low. Sure, there are costs if you want to build out your own website, but you can also get started for free by using platforms like Etsy. They take a small cut, but you’re not spending thousands of dollars for a storefront. Meanwhile, research shows that a brick & mortar shop will spend anywhere from $2,000 to $100,000 to get started, depending on your business model, location, & what you’re selling.

Grow a High Volume Business

Scaling a business may be a goal of entrepreneurs, but it can get messy quickly without the right infrastructure in place. Growing too fast means gaps in your business & the need to hire more, produce more, & buy more. Or you can outsource to a POD company to help you build & run your high-volume business. 

If you’re already running a high-volume business, you need a POD company with fast lead times & reliable fulfillment. CustomCat offers compatible pricing, high-quality products, & the capacity to handle your growing business. Our team handles thousands & thousands of orders every day, & we’re always ready to print more. 

Never Worry About Minimum Orders

Not all businesses want to produce high-volume quantities. Your online business may sell a limited amount of merchandise & revolve around a totally different model than ecommerce. We’ve got that covered, too. CustomCat doesn’t put restrictions on your business & doesn’t impose minimum orders. You can create items just for yourself, or build up your business by rolling out new products. It’s up to you, but we’re here to help you execute on your vision.

Ability to Sell on Multiple Platforms

POD keeps your online business flexible so that you can sell on multiple platforms from Etsy to Shopify. Our app integrates with various platforms so buyers can shop, click, & buy directly from your site. You’re not restricted to selling in just one place & can try out different integrations until you find an ideal fit for your business. 

Thorough Customer Service

POD may be a done-for-you experience, but it doesn’t skimp on customer service. We’re here to help with Selling Guides, Design Guides, tutorials, & more. Whether you want to glean some knowledge on digital marketing or brainstorm new product ideas, we’ve got resources on just about everything. When you have issues or questions, our customer service is also here to help. 

What kinds of questions do you have about POD drop-shipping? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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