Faster shipping methods for dropshipping — The lesser-known alternatives that beat ePacket

Faster shipping methods for dropshipping — The lesser-known alternatives that beat ePacket

Slow shipping is a common problem that plagues the dropshipping industry.

If you source your products from Chinese suppliers, most of them keep their stocks in China warehouses and ship their orders from there.

But the popular shipping methods they use like ePacket, AliExpress Standard Shipping (on AliExpress) take about 15-40 days to reach any destination in the world.

As a result, customer dissatisfaction over long delivery time is a common occurrence in dropshipping. In the long run, it could cause a high complaint rate and poor store reputation.

During Covid period, the shipping time has become even worse, with shipments stuck in ports and customs for weeks.

So it’s time to think of a solution.

How to reduce long shipping time

The more experienced dropshippers have a few strategies to overcome the long shipping time problem, such as

  1. Look for Chinese suppliers with overseas warehouses.
  2. Enlist the help of dropshipping agents and 3PL fulfillment companies.
  3. Look for local product suppliers and ship with domestic shipping.

Each strategy merits a separate article to discuss. In particular, 2 & 3 are longer-term approaches with pros and cons and require planning and research.

In this article, we list the shipping methods from China that are lesser-known and may perform better than ePacket.

Once you know them, you may look for dropshipping suppliers who offer them.

A directory of alternative fast shipping methods

To use these methods, first you need to ask your suppliers if they offer them. Also ask them what their average shipping time and cost is.

Ship 1 or 2 orders to verify their claim, before you start to mass-fulfill with the method. Each shipping method may operate in a limited number of regions and countries. The cost of each also varies, depending on their speed.

Some of these shipping methods are only available when you use certain dropshipping services, so you have to sign up for them before the methods are available to you.

Shipping Method

Basic Info

Operating Countries

Performance

Cost

4PX Express

Cross-border ecommerce logistics from China with warehouses in many countries.

5 warehouses worldwide (China, Australia, Germany, UK, USA)

US: 10 to 38 days
UK: 11 to 19 days

~ $10

AliExpress Standard Shipping

AliExpress Standard Shipping is a logistics company that belongs to Alibaba Group. You can get this shipping method when you order something from AliExpress or any other websites from Alibaba Group.

Most countries worldwide, even those not covered by ePacket

3 to 5 weeks

$3 to $9

CNE Express

A professional logistics company from China, with shipping lines to many countries.

UK, EU, Brazil, USA, India, Canada

7 to 12 days

DHL Express

The world’s largest courier company from Germany.

Worldwide

US: 4 to 37 days
UK: 5 to 32 days

$40 to $100

DHL eCommerce

US: 27 to 41 days
UK: 20 to 41 days

Usually for local shipping. Cost on par with domestic couriers.

SF Express

Second largest courier in China, provides domestic and international express delivery

China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, USA / Canada, Russia, UK, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia / New Zealand, France, Germany

13 to 43 days

$0.80 to $6

UBI Smart Parcel

Forwarder logistics company, serves through cooperation with dozens of national postal and express-delivery companies

UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, India

Faster than e-Packet. 6 – 14 days.

$3-$10

YANWEN Express

Acts as a middleman between sellers and postal companies in destination countries. Its job it to pick up a package from seller, send it across China and hand it over to destination country postal service.

Worldwide

US: 18 to 42 days
UK: 14 to 40 days

YunExpress

Leading DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) e-commerce shipping solution provider from the U.S.

China, USA, UK and Europe

US: 14 to 43 days
UK: 11 to 40 days

ZhenHub

New logistics and fulfillment company from Hong Kong

USA, China, Hong Kong, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Philippines

Faster than ePacket

$5-$27

Jeff Wong

Jeff has spent 12 years architecting data analytics and offering consultation services for clients in the b2b, telco, healthcare and e-commerce industry. He likes to blog about the problems online businesses are facing nowadays and share creative and inexpensive solutions.

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