5 Best LIVE Shopping Apps for Shopify dropshippers

5 Best LIVE Shopping Apps for Shopify dropshippers2021 is definitely the year of live stream shopping, a type of promotion that combines  a lot of consumer favourites: live video content, two-way communication, and the ability to purchase directly from the platform. In the U.S. the livestream shopping market is expected to reach $11 billion by the end of 2021 and $25 billion by 2023. Live shows feature content you want: Product demonstrations, Unboxings, New launches, Customer connects, Partnerships or Collabs. Shows usually highlight product features and help engage customers with the item before they buy it.Do you think that LIVE Stream Shopping is incompatible with dropshipping? This is not true. Keep reading to find out the best Shopify LIVE Shopping Apps for your store and how to use them with your dropshipping business!Live Shopping and Streaming by Channelize.ioLivestream Shopping, also known as “Live Shop on Shopify”, helps you promote your products through Live or On-Demand Shopping Shows, increasing real-time customer engagement and therefore sales.This app integrates perfectly with Shopify so customers can watch a “Live Shop” page directly on your store for your store. It also offers in-show Products Promotion, Product Spotlight, and Add-to-Cart functionalities. Livestream shopping enables 2-way conversations through pinned messages and reactions but also provides live chat moderation tools. There is a free-to-install option that includes four 20 minute events per month but you can increase event frequency and audience numbers with subscriptions starting from $49 monthly.Live Shopping by Live ScaleLivescale’s app Live Shopping Apps integrates seamlessly with Shopify and requires no programming knowledge to set up. It can help engage audiences, increase loyalty through branding and scale sales. A branded experience can be set up by complete beginners and a branded account for live chat responses and community engagement is also part of the package.One of its key features is in-video check-out flow so that customers are not diverted onto other pages and their entertainment experience is not interrupted. Customizable polls and quizzes mean that this app also offers exciting gamification opportunities keeping consumers entertained and engaged for longer.Shop Showy Livestream WindowShopShowy uses a slightly less sophisticated technology that creates a picture-in-picture window on your website. Here, customers can choose to  watch live-stream while browsing specific products that are featured in the live-stream.As the app is free, it is ideal for dropshippers just dipping their toe in the water with live shopping. It does not require a lot of branding or high levels of interactivity and data analysis either.Shoppable Livestreams by Maestro Interactive, Inc.Shoppable Livestreams leverages the power of captive audiences to help you scale your sales.It is a native Shopify app that can be fully customized to your brand and offers a suite of two-way engagement features ranging from chat to polls, Q&As, gamification and raffles.Interactive overlays direct audiences to buy through Shopify transactions at key moments in your content without ever leaving the stream. This favours stickiness to the channel.There is no set monthly fee but a 5% service fee.SmartzerThe Smartzer app allows Shopify store owners to overlay live streams so that viewers can click on them to shop directly.Overlay pop-ups can also offer additional information such as sizing and prices or give additional product experience content such as demonstrations or unboxings. Pop-ups can also be used to direct to the product page for full specs.Like most of the other  Live Shopping apps listed it offers interactivity with the host through the chat bar and content can be recorded to be viewed at a later date on-demand.Best Practice for dropshipping and LIVE Shopping AppsIf you are going to take advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by live shopping then you need to make sure you have sourced top quality products at B2B prices that can be shipped to your destination country fast.To do this you need to select a supplier that can source products from a huge range of manufacturers and that runs checks on them  as well as on single items and that can offer stable shipping rates and tracking numbers for your customers.Yakkyofy’s track record for quality and huge range of hot products means you’ll be spoilt for choice when you choose items. So connect Yakkyofy to your Shopify Store downloading our Shopify App and import the product that you want to sell on your store.As soon as your orders start to arrive from your LIVE stream sales they will be automatically uploaded on the Yakkyofy dashboard, fulfilled and shipped to your customers.Buy a sampleTo make your LIVE shopping video you need a product or better a couple of variants to show to your customers. Don’t worry also if you sell in dropshipping, with Yakkyofy it is really easy to order a sample to ship to your home addresYou just need to upload an order using an excel file as you can see in this video below.Once the product arrives at your home, you can open it, check it, take some pictures to advertise the events and use it for the live show.And in case you run out of ideas, Yakkyofy also takes the pulse of dropshipping trends and monitors hot products offering you a curated selection on its dashboard.Packaging with you own logoWe know how much people love unboxing videos, so for your live show you can also think about unboxing the product in front of your customers. And what can be better than to show a box or a bag with your own logo on it to increase Branding?Having a customized packaging can help you make people remember your brand and increase the perceived value of your product. Do you think that with dropshipping this is impossible? No it isn’t, with Yakkyofy you can easily buy private label products with just a couple of clicks on our dashboard and at a very fair price.You need to buy a small MOQ of packaging (for example 300 standard bags are 60 dollars) and we will keep this packaging for free in our warehouse ready to be used as soon as you receive an order with no additional pick and pack fee.Not bad right? So what are you waiting for? Register on Yakkyofy to start creating amazing LIVE shows with dropshipping products.SIGN UP NOW! July 20, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

Start dropshipping with CommerceHQ in just a few clicks

Start dropshipping with CommerceHQ in just a few clicksAre you thinking of taking the plunge and starting your own ecommerce adventure? Then dropshipping with CommerceHQ might be made for you!  With its low entry costs and the freedom to work from anywhere, more and more entrepreneurs are choosing dropshipping.Dropshipping is a form of supply chain management for eCommerce stores that allows merchants to sell products and have them shipped directly to the customer without ever storing stock themselves. This business model relies on a good relationship with a trusted supplier to help you automate manual tasks and sell more products faster.If you’re only just getting started with dropshipping, or even if you’ve simply decided to change platform for your store, chances are you’ve heard of CommerceHQ. The newest kid on the ecommerce platform block,it has even won Nick Peroni’s approval!So if you are interested in this business, continue to read our article to understand how to build a high converting dropshipping store with CommerceHQ and why this platform can be great for your business.Why choose CommerceHQ?CommerceHQ was created by Jon Mac, now a high-level multimillion-dollar eCommerce marketer but once a humble eCommerce retailer.He’d tried a bunch of different platforms and started raking in millions, but soon got frustrated with their limitations. He felt that they just weren’t set up to help him and other businesses like his really boost their sales.So he got together with his business partner Vlad to fix this, and in September 2015 he launched CommerceHQ, a platform specifically designed to be a conversion engine for your stores!LEARN MORE ON DROPSHIPPING WITH COMMERCEHQBoost your margins dropshipping with CommerceHQJon and his partner thought that one of the most annoying things about traditional platforms are commissions on transactions. Dropshippers must already pay the third-party payment provider a transaction fee and adding a commission on top of this seemed just too much!With CommerceHQ you save money on commission fees making your margins higher and giving you more cash to splash on reinvestment in marketing and advertising.Avoid bans on dropshippersA number of platforms have started to penalize dropshippers for no particular reason. They are banning completely legitimate stores just because they belong to dropshippers. This can leave you with a very nasty surprise!CommerceHQ, on the other hand, was developed specifically with dropshipper needs in mind so there is no risk of unexpected bans or unfair penalization.Build your dropshipping store: getting started First of all, sign up to CommerceHQ. You get a free 14-day trial period so you can decide whether to pay the monthly fee after you’ve given it a whirl.Enter a store name and store subdomain domain name (you will be able to change these later on). Your subdomain name should match your business and give a pointer about what you sell – TheMadhatter, if you only sell hats and caps for example. For first-time access, CommerceHQ provides a handy set-up checklist that speeds things up and gets you selling in no time! The main items on the checklist are:Connect your dropshipping domainFirst of all, you will be asked to buy a new domain name or connect an existing one to your CommerceHQ account. Remember to connect the nameservers in your existing domain too.Store Currency & Payment You should now set up your payment processing in the currency you prefer choosing between: US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Euros, Pound Sterling or Australian Dollars and set up payment processing with Stripe for credit card payments and Paypal.Unique checkout options on CommerceHQYou can select the number of steps in your check out (1- 4) and add your store logo, refund and privacy policies.Dropshipping store themeTo activate the selected theme, you will need to return to the Themes page and select the theme by clicking Use Theme (Themes > Use Theme > Dashboard).To customize it go back to the Themes page and let’s get started with CommerceHQ’s handy Drag-and-drop builder!Click Edit on your selected theme and start playing around!You can insert Headers, Headers & Text, Text, Icons with headings, Icon tiles and Text, Back quotes, Images, Thumbnail galleries, Videos, Sliders, Icons, Dividers, Buttons and other features simply by dragging and dropping them onto the page.If you choose to insert your own image or logo for example, you do so by clicking on the bottom right and selecting Add/Edit Images and then Select Files to Upload.In the same intuitive way, you can select elements on your store page and click on them to delete them until you are  happy with the look and feel of your store.Designed for dropshipping with CommerceHQIf you want to add more personalization to your store, CommerceHQ offers a simple drag-and-drop system that allows you to change the look-and-feel of your store as much as you want.You’ll also have a range of apps included in the monthly fee that you can add to your store to make it more unique.In your Dashboard select Tools then All themes in the column under “store set up”.We’ll be taking you through this standard process below.Select your theme and click Add to Library and select a theme such as VB Vintage.A reliable dropshipping supplierNow your store is ready you’ll need to populate it with your great products!Even if you are skilled at finding the products you want to sell by yourself, you will probably struggle with sourcing reliable suppliers.Your options are twofold:Buy at B2C prices from a marketplace like Aliexpress and struggle with slow and unreliable shipping.Find a supplier that you can trust to source products at B2B prices and fulfill your orders.If you want to start dropshipping with CommerceHQ and build a successful business, buying at B2C prices from chinese marketplaces is just not an option: it will eat into your margins too much. Add that these sites provide a very poor shipping experience for your customers, and it’s clear that you need to find another option to dropship successfully.Sourcing B2B priced products from factories, most likely in China is the only viable business option but it is also a huge headache for dropshippers that don’t have a reliable supplier to deal with the factories and with shipping on their behalf. Choosing a partner like Yakkofy that can help you source products as well as fulfill orders automatically end-to-end can be the make-or-break for a dropshipping store.Connect Yakkyofy’s SoftwareTo help you source and upload products to your store sign up to Yakkyofy’s free software and connect your CommerceHQ store.Visit Yakkyofy.com and sign up if you haven’t already. Remember to click on the confirmation email to activate your account! From your main dashboard click Connect Your First Store and select CommerceHQ from the pop-up box that appears.Give your store a name that helps you identify it- it is not displayed publicly so you can change it later. At this stage you need to fill in your API url, your API key and and your API password from CommerceHQ.Once you log into CommerceHQ you’ll see your URL right at the top. Copy and paste it into the API URL box in the Yakkyofy dashboard. To find your API Key you need to go back into CommerceHQ and visit the Dashboard on the top bar. Click on “All tools”, then choose “App store”.As Yakkyofy is not listed in the App store you will need to add a “Private App”. Name it and be sure to give it full access. Click “Add the App” and now you will see the new app listed in your App store. Select “Settings” and you will immediately find the API Key and passwords listed. Copy them into the pop-up box in Yakkyofy and we have lift-off!Find a great partner to source your dropshipping itemsAdding your first collection of products is an exciting moment!Perhaps you’ve already selected some products you’d like to sell but, if not, don’t despair! There are several tools that can help you find popular products but try to avoid items that have become too popular, or you’ll struggle with the competition.Yakkyofy can help you automate your store management from product sourcing through to delivery to the customer. With our innovative Image Recognition Technology you can simply upload images of the products you want to sell onto Yakkyofy and get a full quote within seconds.This cuts back on endless back-and-forth emails with factories on the other side of the world and immediately identifies the right supplier for your products and your costs.Select the items and variants and these will be automatically uploaded to the Yakkyofy dashboard ready to be purchased in just a few clicks.Happy customers, happy you: automate fulfillmentYakkyofy is by your side at every step. Once you’ve got your site packed with exciting products, orders will start rolling in.To help you manage the fulfillment process Yakkyofy provides complete automation so that as soon as an order is made on your site we start processing your order. Our worldwide shipping is fast and reliable guaranteeing delivery of your items to the customer within 3-15 working days in North America and most of the European Countries.Yakkyofy also sends tracking numbers directly to your customers when they make an order so you don’t have to.We also guarantee the physical attribute of your products so that if your customers receive an item that is different or damaged, we will reship a new one with video or photo proof.Bumper services for dropshipping storesBut there is more! Because Yakkyofy is an experienced supplier we know that as your business grows you might have new requirements too.This is why we enable you to private label your products, by printing logos on items and  personalizing your packaging to help grow your brand.If you decide to buy a small amount of stock of a product that is selling really well, we can offer a discount and also store it for you in our Shenzhen warehouse free of charge.Give your business all the TLC it needs so make sure that your personalized and highly converting CommerceHQ store is also easy to manage by eliminating manual tasks with automation and avoiding customer complaints with reliable, fast shipping thanks to Yakkyofy.SIGN UP ON YAKKYOFY now June 23, 2021by I. De Virgiliis

New EU VAT rules 2021: what changes for dropshippers?

New EU VAT rules 2021: what changes for dropshippers?If you work in eCommerce, and you sell to Europeans, you might have heard about the new EU VAT rules 2021, that will come into force on the 1st July 2021.The new rules have been developed to tackle the tax avoidance from eCommerce, that import products from abroad one at a time, and do not pay the relevant duties upon the entrance of the items on European soil.It sounds really scary we know, but don’t worry Yakkyofy got you covered! Continue to read this step-by-step guide to understand what is changing and what you need to do to continue selling with Yakkyofy without problems.What is the difference between OSS and IOSS?The new EU VAT rules 2021 differentiates between One-Stop-Shop (OSS) and IOSS (Import-One-Stop-Shop). What is OSS and how it worksThe Union One-Stop Shop (OSS) “is the electronic portal businesses can use to comply with their VAT obligations on e-commerce sales within the EU to consumers from 1 July 2021.The Union OSS is an electronic portal that simplifies up to 95% of VAT obligations for online sellers and electronic interfaces throughout the EU, as it allows them to:Register for VAT electronically in a single Member State for all intra-EU distance sales of goods and for business-to-consumer supplies of services;Declare and pay VAT due on all supplies of goods and services in a single electronic quarterly return;Work with the tax administration of their own Member State and in their own language, even if their sales are cross-border.”What is IOSS and how it worksIOSS (Import-One-Stop-Shop), “according to the VAT rules applicable up until 1 July 2021, no import VAT has to be paid for commercial goods of a value up to EUR 22.The new VAT e-commerce rules will abolish this provision as of 1 July 2021. Thus, from 1 July 2021, all commercial goods imported into the EU from a third country or third territory will be subject to VAT irrespective of their value.The IOSS facilitates the collection, declaration, and payment of VAT for sellers that are making distance sales of imported goods to buyers in the EU. The IOSS also makes the process easier for the buyer, who is only charged at the time of purchase, and therefore does not face any surprise fees when the goods are delivered. If the seller is not registered in the IOSS, the buyer has to pay the VAT and usually a customs clearance fee charged by the transporter.”What are the major changes? Importing Products to the EU (EUR 22 or less)Up until the 1st July 2021, products that have a declared value that is equal, or below, EUR 22, are not subject to EU import VAT. This will change under the new IOSS rules, and each and every product entering the European market will be required to pay VAT.N.B.: VAT payments are only applied to purchases made by buyers residing in the European Union, for items that cost less than EUR 150. The New VAT RulesThe EU will introduce a new import scheme that will regulate products (up to a value of EUR 150) imported from third country countries.With this new scheme, the VAT will be due to be paid at the Point of Sale (POS), rather than when it crosses the EU customs border. N.B.:  You will have to start collecting VAT when you make sales through your eCommerce store, at the checkout.  Timeline of the changesWe have summarized in the table below the changes that will be introduced with the new legislation: EU VAT POSITIONBefore 30/06/2021After 01/07/2021 EU Suppliers to EU customersVAT depends on several factors, registration in multiple countries might be required. Only one EU VAT registration needed, can fill OSS returns easily. Third Party Countries Suppliers to European CustomersAccording to the VAT rules applicable up until 1 July 2021, no import VAT has to be paid for commercial goods of a value up to EUR 22.VAT collected at POS, rate depends on the destination country. EU VAT Registration needed, together with submission of a third party country OSS return.New EU VAT rules 2021: Yakkyofy got you coveredWe know the above might sound overwhelming, but don’t worry, because as always, Yakkyofy has got your back!  So let’s see together how it works if you choose to dropship with us! First things first, we will start to apply the new regulations on all the parcels paid on our system from the 24th of June, because, also if the new regulations of lOSS will start from 1st July, you need to consider the shipping time from China to the EU. So it is highly probable that all the parcels paid from the 24th will arrive in the EU after the 1st of July.Secondly, different rules will apply if you sell your products via an independent store platform or if you open a merchant account on marketplaces such as eBay or Amazon. Last but not least, these new regulations will impact only parcels to the EU, if you sell in the US, CA, NZ, AU, or Asia, nothing will change.Selling through a Marketplace (eBay, Amazon, etc)If you use Yakkyofy to sell items through an online marketplace such as eBay and Amazon, there will be no changes in the product prices you pay to us. This is because it is the marketplace itself that will handle the VAT collection from buyers located in the European Union and will provide us with their public IOSS that will pass over to forwarders. Independent Online Store Platform (Shopify, Woocommerce, etc..)If you sell with Yakkyofy on your own store built on a platform, such as CommerceHQ, Shopify, WooCommerce, or Storeden, you can have 2 options:You have an IOSS numberIf you already registered to the IOSS platform and you have a registration number you can upload it in the settings area inside your Yakkyofy Dashboard, in this way we will be able to pass it to the freight forwarder that will deliver your parcels in the EU without applying any additional cost.In this way, you are managing the VAT internally in your store so you can set up the correct rates for each country, 17% for Luxembourg and 22% for Italy.Insert your IOSS numberYou don’t have an IOSS numberIf you still do not have an IOSS identification number, you still can deliver products to the EU but you will need to pay an additional fee to the freight forwarders.This means that from the 24th of June if you do not send us your IOSS number, you will see an additional cost added to the product price of all orders inside of Yakkyofy directed to any EU country.Remember that you must add the correct VAT values inside your store settings, to cover the correct charge for each country as you see below, they go from 17% charged by Luxemburg up to 27% applied in Hungary:Austria 20%Belgium 21%Bulgaria 20%Croatia 25%Cyprus 19%Czech Republic 21%Denmark 25%Estonia 20%Finland 24%France 20%Germany 19%Greece 24%Hungary 27%Ireland 23%Italy 22%Lituania 21%Lettonia 21%Luxemburg 17%Malta 18%Netherlands 21%Poland 23%Portugal 23%Romania 19%Slovakia 20%Slovenia 22%Spain 21%Sweden 25%What changes for items shipped in bulk?The above rules only apply to drop shipping orders, where you ship items one by one, in one parcel. On the other hand, if you import products in bulk, nothing will change for you. All you need to do is just request a quotation to Yakkyofy and we will provide you a quote inclusive of all costs (shipping, customs, etc.). If you are interested to import wholesale products in your own country with Yakkyofy click here. June 22, 2021by I. De Virgiliis