Shopify is arguably the most popular platform for entrepreneurs to launch their own dropshipping store.
If you are a supplier and are using Shopify, you might also be interested in dropshipping software to connect your business with those retailers.
That’s where Spocket comes in. (You can read our full review of Spocket here.) The software enables you to create relationships with drop shippers, make your products available and most important of all import them directly from Shopify.
This brings us to the subject of this article. If you are interested in using Spocket and would like to know how it integrates with Shopify, these are the steps you need to take.
Spocket for Suppliers: Connecting to Shopify
As with any well-designed piece of software, Spocket is easy to use.
Once you have signed up to the service you have access to the sprocket dashboard which can be synced to your Shopify account in just a few clicks.
Activate Shopify Integration
First, you need to install the “Spocket for Suppliers” app that you will find inside the Shopify app store.
The steps are as follows:
- Log in to your Shopify account
- Navigate to the Shopify App Store
- Type “Spocket for Suppliers” in the search bar
- Click Add App
- Click to Install
The longest part of the process is actually completing the supplier application form that will pop up after you have installed the app. This will require you to give the full details of your business, along with a description of your sector, etc.
There will be a delay of a few days while your application is looked into, however, if you are a legitimate business, you should have no problems becoming a supplier using Spocket.
Note: Any supplier that has already successfully applied to Spocket for use on other eCommerce platforms, can fast track their Shopify integration by contacting Customer Support via live chat or emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What to expect once you are signed up as a supplier
The following are just a few of the perks you can enjoy when signed up as a Spocket supplier.
Access to a huge market of dropshippers
This is the main reason for joining the program in the first place. Now, retail dropshippers will be able to connect with you via Spocket and begin selling products on your behalf.
The availability and details of your products through Spocket will automatically update as you make changes to your Shopify store.
Attributes that automatically update include:
As soon as you have been approved as a supplier, the Spocket for Suppliers app within Shopify will automatically export your existing listings into the Spocket dashboard.
This will include all titles, images, descriptions, and inventory data.
Import of new products
As you upload new products to Shopify, the app will automatically import all the details into your Spocket account. (However, you will need to enter your Spocket dashboard in order to hit publish on those new products.)
On both old and new products, Spocket will automatically update all inventory details as products are sold.
This synchronization will also be seen in the inventory details of the retailers that are selling your products. At no juncture will items be sold where inventory is lacking.
Orders are also fully tracked with details of both items sold through Spocket (via your retailers) and items sold on your Shopify store (to your consumers), being in sync.
To help differentiate between the two, Spocket orders will have an order number starting with an “S”.
Turning off auto-sync
Clearly, there will be times where you do not want all your Shopify products made available via Spocket to retail dropshippers.
If this is the case, you can simply turn off auto-sync within the app, which will effectively stop synching new products, descriptions, titles, etc.
However, inventory, orders, and tracking numbers on existing synchronized products will continue to be synced.
As you can see, it really is very easy to open up your products as a supplier to retail dropshippers. More sales for you, with minimum extra effort.
There are a few things that are not automatic, however.
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Attributes that are not automatically synced
The only things that will not sync are images and product descriptions after you have already published a product.
There is sense to this. If suppliers can constantly update old products with new images etc, the knock-on impact will cause issues with your retailers selling your products.
To mitigate this, changes can only be done by contacting Spocket’s Customer Support team on a case-by-case basis.