Finding you here trying to learn how to dropship on Jumia mean you perfectly understand the term “dropshipping.
Dropshipping shouldn’t be a strange word to you if you’ve been exploring the internet for several online businesses.
However, to some, it’s just another word sounding like a mirage with no perfect understanding of how it works.
But nothing to worry about…
Because in this post I’ll be breaking everything down about dropshipping! And not just that, you’d also discover to sell products on Jumia via the dropshipping method.
If you’ve been dreaming of new ways to make money online without leaving your house, then I’ll suggest you stick around till the end of the post.
How To Dropship on Jumia
I’ll be candid with you, this isn’t the get money quick methods most Nigerians like dreaming about, but if you can put in some work you’ll start seeing the results in no time.
However, before we go ahead here’s the highlight of what we’ll going to be learning in today’s post.
- What is Dropshipping
- Pros of Dropshipping
- Cons of Dropshipping
- How Viable Is Jumia Dropshipping?
- How to Start Dropshipping on Jumia
What is Dropshipping
Dropshipping is a business model that enables you or a company starts a profitable e-commerce business without having to invest in-stock inventory.
The same thing also goes for product logistics. You don’t have to bother yourself with product stocking and shipping of products. Everything is done and handled by the supplier.
How it works is that you partner with a seller that agrees to supplier products to you whenever you make a sale.
He/she will also be responsible for sending or shipping the products directly to the delivery point.
Your work as a retailer or seller is however to market and promote the product while the supplier handles the rest.
In a simpler way, this basically how dropshipping works:
- Customers place an order on your online store
- You then as a retailer placed the order on your suppliers’ website
- The supplier then Packages the product and have the order sent directly to your customer in your store name.
Pros of Dropshipping
Dropshipping has been a business model have several bright sides that make it an attractive business. They include:
Easy To Set-Up
Dropshipping business is relatively easy to set-up because you are not buying products in bulk. All you need to do is work with an existing wholesaler of the products.
Low Cost of Setting Up
Low cost of starting up is another reason why dropshipping is such a popular business model, the only cost involve is probably for advert and building a website.
However, in the case of Jumia, you don’t need to build a website again because you’ll be selling on the platform.
The business risk involved in dropshipping is relatively low compared to other business. Since you’re not keeping stock inventory there’s no fear of whether the product will sell or not.
You only buy the product when you have an order, which is a win-win situation.
Dropshipping is a mobile business that you can practically do from any part of the world. It doesn’t require you running around. Majority of the hard is done by the supplier.
This business model is also very scalable because it doesn’t involve buying all the products you’re selling. You only need to buy them when you have an order.
In this case, you can have as many as you want without investing too much in it.
Cons of Dropshipping
Just like every other thing in life, dropshipping isn’t a perfect business. It has its shortcomings too and they include:
The profit margin is usually low because you’re going to be sharing the profit. The remaining income after you must have paid your supplier is going to be your profit.
Dropshipping is an attractive business so we have more people that will be interested and they are all potential competition.
Issues May Arise
A business will always be business. So you might as well be expectant for any issue that may arise in the future. Perhaps the product you’re selling has finished from your supplier and you didn’t know.
This could be an issue when you have an order for the same product. Also, there are many challenges that accompany e-commerce in Nigeria. You should also look out for this.
How Viable Is Jumia Dropshipping?
Perhaps you’ve been asking yourself if it really possible to be able to dropship on Jumia? Well, the direct answer to that question is no.
Why? You may ask!
Dropshipping is not totally accepted and we can’t possibly compare Jumia to other popular website like AliExpress, Amazon, eBay etc.
This is because they are still growing. But back to the question, dropshipping is really limited on Jumia but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
Mind you, just so you know, if things go wrong, your Jumia seller account will be blocked. But seriously, you have nothing to worry about as I will be sharing everything you need to know.
How to Start Dropshipping on Jumia
Actually, this isn’t something that is difficult, it something you can set-up within a few minutes and have it up and running.
To start dropshipping on Jumia, you need two things, this includes:
- A Product Supplier
- And a Jumia Seller Account
Without the two or even one of the two, there’s really nothing you can do. So first we need to select a product and look for a supplier.
After that, create your Jumia seller account to start selling your products.
The product supplier will be the person supplying you with the products you want to sell on Jumia. There are various ways to do this.
But I suggest you have your product supplier in place before you upload any product to your Jumia account. Because if you have an order and your products aren’t ready, your Jumia seller account may be blocked after several warnings.
How Can We Do This?
Look for product suppliers, it could be anyone and explain to them you’ll be buying products from them whenever you have an order on your Jumia store.
So when your order comes in they’ll be the one to send the product to any Jumia office closer to them in Lagos.
Actually, I use JIJI to find my suppliers, because they’re just too many of them on JiJi and hardly will you not see a product to sell.
Why use JiJi? You may ask!
This is because they have plenty of Wholesalers selling at a cheap price if you use the price filter option to search for products.
Plus, the majority of the sellers are in Lagos, which is what we want!
However, you must be VERY CAREFUL dealing with sellers on JiJi in other to avoid been scammed. Perhaps you can go see them one on one before sending payment to them and explain the business process.
They have to understand they will be one sending the product to Jumia office in your store name whenever you have an order on Jumia.
And of course, you must be willing to pay for the logistic fee which is usually less than N2000.
Here’s the Summary of How to Dropship on Jumia
First thing first, there should a supplier with enough products ready to supply whenever you have a sale on Jumia.
So when you have an order on your Jumia store, you’ll be notified by Jumia with 48 hours grace to send the product to Jumia office for packaging.
Within this short period of time, you’ll have to pay your supplier and have them send the product to Jumia office for the product packaging.
Once the product has been received, Jumia will have it packaged and delivered and in turn pay you.
You profit, however, will be the difference you bought the product from the supplier and how much you’re selling on your Jumia store.
Jumia Seller Account
Once we have the product supplier handled, the next thing to focus on is how to set up your Jumia seller account.
There are wide ranges of products that can be sold on Jumia and some of the categories include:
- Phones & Tablets
- Health & Beauty
- Home and Office
- Baby products
- Sporting products
- And many more…
However, there are also some products that are prohibited that are not allowed on Jumia and they include the following:
- Medical item
- Tobacco and Cigarettes
Once you’ve determined the kind of product you want to sell, you can proceed to creating your seller account.
Requirements of selling on Jumia Platform
Before you can conveniently set-up a seller account on Jumia there are some certain requirements that has to be met.
You must be at least 18 years of age before you can successfully sell on the Jumia platform without any interference.
48 Hours Fulfillment Policy
For every other made on your Jumia store, you must make sure the products are packaged and ready to be shipped within 48hours.
Zero Percent Out Of Stock Rate
Also, your products shouldn’t be out of stock while you have products listed as available on your Jumia store. Make sure they are updated as out of stock when you know you can’t get access to a supplier.
Setting Up Your Jumia Dropshipping Store
Now that we understand and know the requirements, it’s time to set-up your Jumia dropshipping store.
You have to register as a vendor on Jumia before you can start doing business on the platform. So to get started you have to visit their seller URL and fill out the registration.
Upon your registration, you’ll be required the following details while filling out the form page.
- First & Last Name
- Phone Number
- Preferred Shop Name
- Email Address
- Business Entity (individual or Registered company)
- Product Category
- Personal Information
- Business Information
- Bank Account
Once your account is registered, you can then proceed to add the product you want to sell.
The product will undergo a manual review by one of the Jumia agents and once it meets up with the standard your product will be approved and published on the Jumia platform.
That’s it on how to dropship on Jumia, and as you can see it doesn’t require a serious procedure, it something you can set-up and start selling within a few days.
However, you need to be extra careful with the kind of supplier you’re dealing with and avoid missing out on the 48hours grace of sending your product to the Jumia office.
So what do you think? Let me hear you thought using the comment section. D