Can UK dropshipping really be a sustainable and eco-friendly business model? With plenty of turbulence in global markets, macroeconomic factors affecting both consumers and businesses, you may be reassessing your suppliers, fulfilment or networks that make your business tick.

Confidence in importing goods from abroad has taken a dip due to a multitude of reasons. From the global pandemic that caused supply chain issues, a falling pound, to the war in Ukraine causing us to reconsider who we do business with; our awareness of where our products are sourced from has never been higher.
All of this, alongside a continued push to lower our carbon emissions, puts the ethics of dropshipping under the spotlight. Can a business model that is geared towards concentrating on the marketing and front-end user experience of an ecommerce site, with little involvement in order fulfilment, allow us to choose where and how a product gets to our customer?

What is dropshipping?

First, let’s remind ourselves of what dropshipping is. Dropshipping is a business model that doesn’t require the need to stock your products, rather it is a business built upon sound marketing and user experience practices. The products are processed and shipped by your supplier from their warehouse and your role is as a lead generator for those sales, dictating your margin on top of the supplier’s price per unit.

Traditionally many suppliers on dropshipping marketplaces are based abroad, where consumer products are generally produced on a much greater scale. However, with consumers becoming far more conscientious of product quality and origin, many manufacturers are beginning to work with UK dropshipping suppliers to make sure their products are reaching a wider market, with a huge amount more visibility and marketing that is created by being sold by an array of different vendors.

There are now many dropshipping…

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