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    The Essentials of a Coffee Dropshipping Business

    Hello everybody,

    I recently stumbled upon this message board while searching for tips on running a coffee dropshipping business, and I believe this is a good place for me to ask some questions.

    My situation: I am looking to start my own coffee dropshipping business very soon. I have been watching all sorts of dropshipping videos on YouTube and reading all sorts of step-by-step guides online. Before I officially start my business I'd like to make sure that I have everything lined up. I need to know the essentials (business structure, operations, labels, etc.) of running a coffee dropshipping business. When just starting out, in your opinions, what are the dos and don'ts? What do you do early on? What don't you do?

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    welcome Foxwordsmith7,
    for your new business, COFFEE DROP SHIPMENT" business, I guess that you need to make sure not to use below kind of carrier services.
    there will be hell of chance that they might be DROPPING your orders all over the places , ha ha ha.
    can you just imagine if they both collide to each other?


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    BTW, have you thought about selling your coffee via Amazon.com? it seems like almost everyone is trying to do or has been doing....

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    Amazon.com has been one option I'm looking into. Then again I already run my own custom website (about my personal interests) on Wix and that platform has its own built in online store in Ecwid. Ecwid allows you to sell items on your Wix website by placing a store page on your website. Any tips on what a beginner should be doing with an online coffee drop shipment business would be appreciated!

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    First of all, I would like to apologize for my previous posting about your thread. it wasn't "SUBSTANTIVE" as one of our long time members pointed it out. So, again, I apologize for that.

    having said that, just now, Foxwordsmith7 pm me with below message. So, i guess that he was bit disappointed at my previous reply and also disappointed at "no replies" from other members. So, I advised him that I will reply via this posting, so that my reply can be SUBSTANTIVE and might be able to help someone in similar situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxwordsmith7
    Hello, just me again from the topic "The Essentials of Coffee Dropshipping".
    If you have any tips on what I should do to start out with a coffee drop shipment company, let me know. I'm basically looking for things to embrace and things to avoid. I want to cross my t's and dot my i's before I officially launch my coffee business.


    First, let me ask you, Foxwordsmith7 (BTW what is your name?) few questions in order for me to be more constructive and informative replying your question.

    1. how are you getting the beans? I mean.. are you roasting the beans by yourself? or do you buy from others? or do you have someone else roast & package for you, so you can just store them and sell them on line?

    2. have you started making your own website?
    if so, what is your website marketing strategy? what will be the image of your coffee will be ? (image : as example, "deathwish coffee" comes to mind immediately)

    3. do you want to distribute locally first? or entire USA? and world? and universe? (just kidding :+)

    4. have you thought about what makes your coffee different? better? unique? than others? because there are gazillion of on line / drop shipping coffee companies. How your coffee will stand above them? this is one of the most important point.
    BTW, forget amazon.com sales. they will suck you dry in profits!!

    So, please give me your honest (yes, really honest) reply on my above questions.
    then, I will post my next answers.

    PS: BTW, I am not an expert on this. But I AM IN COFFEE ORIGIN BUSINESS and have a lot of coffee friends all over the world. I have couple of coffee farms, two retails shops and one roasting company and one green bean exporting company (All in Guatemala, not in USA), so, I kind of know bit about what I am talking about. anyway, I will try my very best to reply to you as much as I know. thanks.
    Alex at Ensoluna S.A.

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    Thanks for your replies, Alex. My name is Steven. Here are some answers to your questions:

    1) I am going to buy the beans from others. I am going to be the middle man between customers who want the products and the company that roasts the beans. I'm primarily selling the products online.

    2) I haven't started my coffee website, but I am going to do that soon. For my marketing strategy I already have made a logo that I feel will be appealing to customers. I have a good themed logo.

    3) I'd like to distribute internationally. Perhaps not every single place in the world, but I don't want to limit myself to just America.

    4) I have found one coffee company that has its own drop shipping program in place. I am looking to enter this program so I can sell their products. This coffee company has unique coffee blends that I believe are going to sell.

    *I'm not too thrilled about Amazon.com as a whole anyway. I mentioned Ecwid before because I feel comfortable using Ecwid as an online store platform. Ecwid online stores are available for you to paste them onto your custom Wix website.

    I would love to get in contact with some of your coffee friends and extend my coffee conversations with you. Perhaps down the road some of your friends would like to do business with me once I establish my drop shipping business?

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    hi Steven, nice to know you.
    here is my answers.
    if you buy the beans from others, you will run into quality and price problems. coffee business specially online is extremely competitive.
    having an appealing logo is not a marketing strategy at all. Coffee is all about quality (freshness) and competitive pricing and delivery time (in case of online).
    Int'l sales will be impossible in your case due to expensive shipping cost.
    if you use a drop shipment company, your cost will go up even more.

    By the way, do you know about coffee? how to roast? how to cup? (BTW "cup" means tasting different types of coffees and be able to tell the quality and flavor differences) do you know the pricing differences in different types of beans?
    if you do not know these, you have to know before you start any types of coffee business.

    I have a facebook that I manage only for my coffee business and a sponsorship program for coffee community workers' kids educational sponsorship program. www.facebook.com/ensolunausa is my facebook. we can be linked and you can also be friend with my business people, if you want.

    thanks, steven.

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    hi Steven again.
    one small personal question.
    your age is between 20 to 25 years old?

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    I don't know the core details about the coffee business. I'm not an expert. I'm just starting out. How to roast, how to cup, pricing differences... I just don't know.

    I agree. Coffee's about quality and pricing.

    Start small and just selling inside the United States is fine. Not a problem.

    The drop shipment company I'm looking at isn't requiring a hefty payment on my end. It's one of the more lenient payment plans I've seen.

    I'm older than 25 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxwordsmith7 View Post
    I don't know the core details about the coffee business. I'm not an expert. I'm just starting out. How to roast, how to cup, pricing differences... I just don't know.

    I agree. Coffee's about quality and pricing.

    Start small and just selling inside the United States is fine. Not a problem.

    The drop shipment company I'm looking at isn't requiring a hefty payment on my end. It's one of the more lenient payment plans I've seen.

    I'm older than 25 years old.
    thanks for your reply, Steven. At this point in time, I believe that it would be wise for you to get some experience in coffee first before you go into the business. As you may well know, it would be very dangerous without knowing fully and start selling something that you do not know.

    you must know about coffee in order to check the quality and compare pricing.
    if you need to know anything else, please let me know.
    have a good day, steven.

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    Since you are going to be the middle man in the operation it is good to find coffee roasters that fresh roast coffee daily and except drop ship orders. Most drop ship coffee roasters will have a cart system that will give you a backend to place orders. It is preferable to have net 30 terms. Most roasters won't give you those terms right away, but most will once you have an established track record.

    Some roasters do not have the back-end system and may require you to place orders via fax or email. Depending on how many roasters you're dealing with that can be a hassle, AND orders may be lost.

 

 
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