The 11 Best Shopify apps for drop-shipping stores
Oct 24, 2019

The 11 Best Shopify apps for drop-shipping stores

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Have you always wanted to start your own drop-shipping business? Perhaps you’re already an online entrepreneur looking for ways to better manage your drop-shipping processes.

There’s no shortage of drop-shipping apps for Shopify sellers, but there’s a handful that stands out from the crowd. When looking for a drop-shipping app to use, there are a few things you should always consider:

  • Does the app let you choose your products and instantly sync your selection to your Shopify store?
  • Do they work with quality suppliers?
  • What are the shipping times like?
  • Can you make a profit?
  • Is there someone who can help you if you need support?
  • Are product samples available?
  • Can you add your brand to your products?

These 11 apps each offer the Shopify drop-shipping market something different – whether they help you source products or run your store. Here’s why people love them, and how you can use them to take your online venture to the next level.

  1. Oberlo

This is, without a doubt, one of the most popular drop-shipping Shopify apps of all time. In fact, it’s so good, if you’re opening a new Shopify store, you don’t need to worry about installing it – Shopify automatically loads it for you.

The app automates your entire drop-shipping process – finding the best products for your business, adding them to your store, and shipping them from your supplier directly to your customer’s doorstep.

What makes it the king of drop-shipping Shopify apps? Not only do you get millions of choices from huge numbers of suppliers across the world, its Order Volume feature also helps you make product decisions based on sales trends, so you know your products will have the best chance of selling.

More features worth mentioning:

  • Oberlo will keep your inventory up to date so your customers don’t purchase out-of-stock items.
  • When you add a product to your store, you’ll receive information on the number of sales worldwide and general popularity.
  • It offers a Free Starter Plan, making it easy for your business to get underway quickly.

This app has an overall rating of 4.7 on Shopify.

A review from Natural Beauty UK:

“Really great platform. Vast catalogue of products and easy to use. Customer service got back to me quickly regarding a problem I had.”

  • Printful

Rather than selling someone else’s product, you might prefer to create or brand your own. Printful is described by many app reviewers as the go-to for print-on-demand.

Printful cleverly combines custom printing and drop-shipping for an array of merchandise so you can make products your own. When customers place an order through your Shopify store, it gets sent to Printful, which then prints and ships the product for you.

There are many reasons why Printful is so well-loved. Because you don’t have to store your own inventory, there are no minimum order quantities – no outlay required. There are also no upfront fees. Each item has its own price and you choose how much mark-up you want to add to create your retail price.

More features worth mentioning:

  • Printful is constantly adding products to its ever-growing catalogue. You can custom design pretty much anything: backpacks, phone cases, clothing, posters and household items like mugs.
  • It’s super easy to upload your designs and start selling. This business model is great for creatives looking to make money from their designs, as well as those who need an effortless way to promote and sell branded merchandise.

This app has an overall rating of 4.6 on Shopify.

A review from Abarthclub Hertfordshire:

“Very easy integration and already had my first 4 orders, 1 of which was dispatched within 24hrs. Will revert back once have inspected quality, but so far so good.”

  • Modalyst

Wanting to source high-quality apparel for your drop-shipping store? From the outside, Modalyst works the same as other drop-shipping apps, but what sets it apart from the rest of the market is its product selection.

Not only does it stock 40+ categories of low-cost goods, but also 100,000+ trendy and affordable products for teens and young women, as well as a curated selection of well-known independent brands from the US and Europe – products you aren’t going to find on other drop-shipping apps. This also means you can communicate directly with your suppliers and build a good working relationship.

Modalyst has all the features you need in a reliable drop-shipping platform. Integration is simple and you can sync products to your store with one click. Delivery times are known to be a lot faster than other drop-shipping apps – plus it offers free shipping to the US.

More features worth mentioning:

  • Because the focus is on name-brand products, not only will your customers be able to purchase quality products you have curated specifically for them, if you work smartly you can build a very profitable business – thanks to the perceived value of these products.
  • Modalyst also has a great pricing tool which will help you to set and change your prices based on your business goals.
  • You can try Modalyst for 14-days free; after that, the app is US$35 per month.

This app has an overall rating of 4.3 on Shopify.

A review from Dapper by D’Angelo:

“This app has been a wonder! Quick and easy to use, with a great selection of apparel that suits all of my shop’s needs!”

  • Spocket

If you’re a merchant based in the US or Europe, Spocket is a great option – especially if you’d like your business to stock locally-sourced products. While Spocket’s inventory is made up of a range of goods, most of its product suppliers are located in the US and Europe, rather than China.

To get started, all you need to do is install the app on your Shopify store, select the products you’d like to sell, and add them to your shop. One of the perks of using Spocket is you can order sample products from the suppliers beforehand to ensure the quality is what you’re after.

More features worth mentioning:

  • Your customers can expect speedy delivery times, as quick as 2-5 working days, because you’re sourcing your products from local suppliers. Also, take advantage of real-time tracking and inventory updates.
  • Spocket offers its products at a huge discount to its merchants, which means higher sales margins – something you might struggle to find with other drop-shipping suppliers.
  • Competitive pricing with tiered subscription options – including a free basic plan – depending on how many products you want to sell and the features you need

This app has an overall rating of 4.7 on Shopify.

A review from Vitamins-Path.com:

“Thank you to everyone at the Spocket team! Great selection of products to pick from, very intuitive and user-friendly interface. Now I can drop-ship with ease and confidence!”

  • Inventory Source

It’s not uncommon for e-commerce sellers to cross-promote their products across different platforms and marketplaces, to reach more customers – and this is where Inventory Source outsmarts the rest of the drop-shipping app market.

Inventory Source can not only sync your products to your Shopify store, it can also add them to a whole list of other e-commerce platforms, including Amazon. You’ll have access to over 180 drop-shipping suppliers to fill your shop – or you can add your own suppliers.

More features worth mentioning:

  • Inventory Source charges a set monthly fee, rather than cost per product, meaning you pay the supplier’s price.
  • Dual-purpose: Inventory Source is a drop-shipping supplier and inventory management app, automating operations processes.  

This app has an overall rating of 4.1 on Shopify.

A review from Bright & Natural:

“We have been using Inventory Source for a few months and it really takes the work out of the data portion of our site, so we can concentrate on marketing.”

  • Gooten

Although this app seems to have a polarising effect on e-commerce sellers who use it, it still makes the list because of its impressive selection of custom products.

Gooten is another print-on-demand drop-shipping app, with over 100 products you can customise with designs and photos to make your own – including a wide variety of home décor, apparel, pet products and accessories. It takes care of everything – manufacturing, printing, fulfilment and shipping – so you never have to handle inventory.

Gooten is also well-known for the speed at which new drop-shipping businesses can grow. The app hits the nail on the head when it comes to simplicity. Consolidating everything in one place, it can handle the demand of a business growing quickly, and its technology gives you total visibility of each order.

Another feature worth mentioning:

  • The app is completely free to use – no set-up fee or membership fees. You decide on the mark-up, so the sale price minus the product price is your profit.

This app has an overall rating of 3.8 on Shopify.

A review from Folk N Funky:

“We have been with Gooten for four years. The customer service is outstanding. Gooten has helped us grow far bigger than we thought possible when starting. The product selection, quality, and turn-around time are very good. The staff actually cares about their customers and are very personable. We plan on using Gooten for years to come. In our opinion, they are simply the best!”

  • MXED

The up-and-coming app of the bunch, Mxed landed on the market in April this year with a bang. It’s been projected as a game-changer for e-commerce sellers – and here’s why.

Before Mxed, it was never easy to source and drop-ship licensed pop-culture merchandise. We’re talking Marvel, Harry Potter, Star Wars. One of the world’s leading suppliers of licensed pop-culture merchandise has teamed up with a US-based fulfilment company – and made a drop-shipping baby.

The demand for these products is out of this world, and this app practically serves up a brand-new market to e-commerce sellers on a silver platter.

More features worth mentioning:

  • Exclusive to Shopify – Mxed only integrates with Shopify
  • Three pricing tiers available, starting with a free version that gives you 10 products and 20 orders per month

This app has an overall rating of 3.8 on Shopify.

A review from Decades T-Shirt Company:

“I enjoy using the app to sell extras for my website! Gives me and my customers more range and to add on most of the purchase from my site! They keep up with stock really well. Updates regularly and keeps adding great products that are current with pop culture! This is why my site is [the] perfect match for these guys!”

  • Pillow Profits Fulfilment (PPF)

Last, but not least, a drop-shipping app that specialises in footwear. PPF is renowned for its large selection of footwear – from high heels to sneakers, and everything in between. It supplies other accessories like socks, and perhaps slightly randomly, bedding and pillow covers. On top of that, you can print your own designs on all their products to create one-of-a-kind items for your customers.

What else makes this app so cool? It has free, worldwide shipping (the cost of shipping is always included in the product price) and your customers have complete control over their orders so they can make edits or cancel if they need to.

More features worth mentioning:

  • When it comes to price, PPF is reasonable with a 7-day free trial available, and monthly charges of US$29.99.
  • When creating and printing your own designs on your products, PPF allows you to create mock-ups you can use for marketing purposes on your website.

This app has an overall rating of 4.7 on Shopify.

A review from Pro Athlete Gear:

“The Pillow Profits team is always innovating and getting new and exciting products for us to sell. The mock-ups are best in the industry.”

Now that we’ve covered sourcing apps, let’s look at ones that will help you run your business. There are thousands of apps on the Shopify App Marketplace – we’ve chosen a few of the best rated and most downloaded to share.

  • A2X for Shopify

A recent addition to Shopify, but in no way new to the e-commerce sphere, A2X for Shopify is an accounting connector app that will completely change the way you understand your business.

A2X gives you full visibility of your Shopify sales and fees, extracting summarised sales data from your Shopify store and posting it automatically to your Xero or QuickBooks account. This means you won’t ever have to manually reconcile your Shopify pay-outs, or figure out fees, refunds and adjustments. Not only does the app tidy up your books, it also supplies accurate financial data essential in making smart business decisions – and managing business growth quickly.

Other features worth mentioning:

  • It takes two minutes to set up, then generates pay-out summaries that reconcile each time a pay-out hits your bank account.
  • Control the mapping of each transaction type into your chart of accounts, so you can customise A2X to your preferred accounting setup.
  • A2X for Shopify supports Shopify stores in any currency, including multi-currency and multi-payment option stores.
  • No risk to your financial data with A2X’s statements if you need to adjust your chart of accounts or accounting configuration

This app has a 5-star rating on Shopify.

A review from Lucky Tackle Box:

“Great customer service. Once an understanding of how A2X works is provided by their helpful staff in a personalised meeting designed to answer all questions, one really appreciates the greatness and power of such an app. My firm is definitely implementing A2X in all of our e-commerce clients' accounting systems.”

  1. Free Shipping Bar

Looking for a simple yet effective app to help you increase your store’s sales?

Free Shipping Bar by Hextom is one of the highest-rated and most downloaded apps to boost sales and conversions on Shopify. The app lets you display your free shipping offer in a slide-out, customised bar format, and you can add progressive messages as customers put more items in their shopping cart.

Free shipping offers have a well-proven track record of increasing sales for e-commerce sellers – and you only need to read this app’s many reviews to see there’s proof in the pudding.

Other features worth mentioning:

  • Customise your shipping offers for different customers in different countries and time zones.
  • Create specially designed bars for holidays and special promotions, to help increase conversions and generate more sales.
  • Track the performance of each bar so you know which offer generates the most sales.
  • Free plan available

This app has an overall rating of 4.9 on Shopify.

A review from Toro4:

“Great app, it was highly recommended, and I agree with that, easy to work through and set up. Love it.”

  1. Privy

Grow your email list and automate your email marketing with Privy. With 20,000+ reviews, this app will make easy work of marketing your Shopify drop-shipping store.

You can easily build pop-ups using targeting and triggers to encourage email subscription. Add discounts to your popups to help close sales, and use recovery email campaigns to reduce cart abandonment. Then automate your email marketing – use coupon codes synced to your Shopify store to encourage return purchases. 

Other features worth mentioning:

  • Privy’s campaign designer is simple and powerful – choose from hundreds of templates or customise the design to suit your brand.
  • Advanced targeting capabilities so you can be sure the right message gets to the right customer at the right time
  • Real-time reporting – you’ll be able to see how your email campaigns are performing based on certain metrics.
  • Free plan available including a 15-day trial

This app has an overall rating of 4.7 on Shopify.

A review from Vital Movement Labs:

_“_I use this app to help me do exit pop-ups and landing pages. They are unobtrusive and a great way to collect leads and customers.”

Source products and manage your business better

Drop-shipping is a great option for those looking to start and run a successful business on Shopify – and these top 11 apps will set you up well. Use them to decide on what products you’d like to sell, where you can source your products and through which suppliers. Don’t worry about the hassle of managing inventory, fulfilling orders or out-of-stock products – they’ll do all of that for you.

Then once you’re up and running, take advantage of apps that will help you increase sales, create targeted marketing campaigns, and automate your accounting.


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