Oberlo equivalent for dropshipping

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11 months 4 weeks ago #274361

Hi

Does HikaShop have plans to work with Oberlo ?
www.oberlo.com/

I'm stufying the whole dropshipping concept and was wondering how Hikashop worked that into their solution ?

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11 months 4 weeks ago #274369

Hi,

No one asked for an integration for that plateform so we don't have any plans for it for now.
Also, I see on their website that Oberlo was made for shopify so I'm not even sure that it is possible to build such integration for HikaShop.

I guess that what usually happens is that they give you the URL to a product feed so that you can import the products in your store (you can do that with HikaShop's import system), and then they need to be notified when orders are placed on your website to be able to do the shipping. That usually requires an integration via a plugin.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #274414

Hi Nicolas,

Thanks again for your reply.

In a nutshell, the current best practice for drop shipping seems to be:
Shopify <-> Oberlo <-> Aliexpress

Note: Oberlo has a bunch of import capabilities and as important, it has order processing/fulfillment which seems to be a big feature!

Because I am a Joomla guy and am moving all my e-commerce solutions to HikaShop, I would like to stray away from using Shopify. In an ideal world, this would be:
Joomla/Hikashop <-> Oberlo <-> Aliexpress

However, Oberlo currently doesn't integrate with Hikashop (nor any other Joomla based e-comm plateform). I did read somewhere they where looking into doing this for WooCommerce (and I am certainly not a Wordpress guy - so messy!)

So, that leaves me wondering what my options are:
1) Go with Shopify (booh!)
2) Develop an Oberlo equivalent for Hikashop

I wonder what people thoughts are on extending the Hikashop import capabilities to something like Oberlo ?

I believe it merits a discussion/debate ?

You're thoughts ?

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11 months 3 weeks ago #274437

Hi,

Well, one thing you could do is tell Oberlo that you would be interested in an integration with HikaShop. While they probably won't do it in the short term, the more people ask, the more they'll think about doing it.

Now, I've read a bit about dropshipping.
While tools to automate dropshipping seems to be a good way to streamline processes, it seems that manually adding the products you want to sell allows you to better market them.
And while Oberlo was made for Shopify to intergate with AliExpress for dropshipping, you could handle it manually without it, or build a similar integration with AliExpress for other ecommerce platforms.

I'm not familiar with dropshipping, so I don't know if that would be really interesting. It looks like Oberlo is only integrated with AliExpress but form what I understand, their are hundred of other platforms for dropshipping, each one requiring a different integration in order to automate this. To me, Oberlo looks like kind of limited compared to alternatives like www.ordoro.com/ who have an open API with many integrations with dropshipping services and many integrations with ecommerce solutions. It looks like it might be more durable in the long run.

Of course, if you already have your dropshipping suppliers with one solution, and you want to keep working with them, you're kind of stuck with that solution.
It's a bit like payment gateways from what I can see. If you're accepting payments with Authorize.net but the ecommerce solution you want to move to only has a plugin for PayPal, either there is a need to have a payment plugin developed for authorize.net for that ecommerce solution, or you're stuck with the other one.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #274632

Hi
Thanks for that.
I'm investigating how far i can get into a complete drop shipping solution using your marketplace addon.
www.hikashop.com/forum/20-market-feature...ience-with-hika.html
If the addon alrady pays the vendors, i would like to know if it sends the order for processing (and tracking).
I will have to evaluate the import process to see how much help it can be to synch inventories from different vendors
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11 months 3 weeks ago #274638

Hi,

As Jerome replied there, the vendor will be notified of what he needs to ship by email and he can also see that in his HikaMarket vendor control panel.

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11 months 4 days ago #275891

Yes as I understand you dont have these real Dropshipping portal option where you can add more products and have more advanced features..similar Droshi and others droshi.com/English/ video how it works www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ExK8EmhJnk

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11 months 4 days ago #275913

Hello,

1 - Customer buy products
2 - HikaShop create sub orders for every concerned vendors.
3 - Each vendor is notify by email
4 - Each vendor can ship to the customer and mark it sub order has shipped.

So I'm sorry but the dropshipping is handle by HikaShop+HikaMarket.

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11 months 3 days ago #275979

Jerome is 100% corrrect.

That's a big part of what the marketplace is about.

The biggest difference and concern I have with that feature is it lacks the product fulfillment interface which allows an administrator to fetch & synch products from a manufacturer or wholeseller (re: AliExpress or any other vendor). This means you need to manually add in your products and manage their price and availability periodically.

However, with Marketplace, you could allow vendors to do this themselves with their own access but honestly, most don't (too lazy and not usually their priority unless you're really big!)

My 2 cents

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11 months 3 days ago #275988

Hello,

Thanks iDanny ; your explanation was very useful !

So yes, if you want to have a sync with an third party system so your "vendors" do not have to create or update their products in your store, the usage of a specific plugin would be required.
Via the mass-action it is possible to perform some kind of automatic import but it requires a CSV file formatted correctly.
That's why for such kind of feature, a custom development might be more appropriated in order to have something which will read the external content and convert it to HikaShop internal format.

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