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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
We've been busy updating our extremely popular guide to WooCommerce Dropshipping and the 2021 version is finally ready.
With over 8,500 words we think it's the ultimate guide to building a dropshipping business with WooCommerce. We cover:
- Dropshipping explained for total newbies.
- Everything you need to create a dropshipping store.
- Why we think using WooCommerce for dropshipping is right for most people.
- How to find dropshipping products and suppliers.
- WooCommerce dropshipping plugins
- How to set up a dropshipping store – step-by-step.
- Tips for promoting and maintaining your dropshipping store.
Dive into the Ultimate Guide to WooCommerce Dropshipping
Colm came across this excellent article from The Atlantic this week on the thorny issue of online returns.
What happens to the stuff you order online after you send it back?
Estimates vary, but in the past year, one-third to one-half of all clothing bought in the United States came from the internet.
This explosive growth in online sales has also magnified one of eCommerce’s biggest problems: returns.
The average brick-and-mortar store has a return rate in the single digits, but online, the average rate is somewhere between 15 and 30 percent.
Many of the biggest retailers in the world now see rampant returns as an existential threat.
Read the full article on the The Atlantic
WordPress 5.9 (due December 14th) will feature a new default theme named Twenty Twenty-Two, which continues the traditional naming tradition.
The theme will be built for Full-Site Editing with theme styles to be configured through theme.json and editable through Global Styles.
It incorporates bird illustrations, complemented by the Source Serif Pro font for headlines, and a collection of design patterns.
It is shaping up to be an interesting release and we'll be looking closely at it, as well as the feedback from the wider community as we progress with future updates for Shoptimizer.
Read about the upcoming Twenty Twenty-Two Default Theme
Popular WooCommerce plugin developer Barn2 have released version 2.0 of their Lead Time plugin.
This is a useful plugin that lets you display the waiting time for a particular product. The update includes a number of new features such as:
- Dynamic lead times - Automatically display the date when a WooCommerce product will become available.
- Different lead time per stock status - Show a different lead time depending on whether a product is In Stock, Out of Stock, or On Backorder.
- Show the lead time on the shop and category pages
You can take a closer look at the Lead Time plugin here
Our friend Diego Zanella has launched a new site for Aelia, his business which specializes in internationalization plugins for WooCommerce.
If your store deals with multiple jurisdictions you may have come across some of his most popular solutions which include:
- Aelia Currency Switcher for WooCommerce (we use this on Shoptimizer's demo store)
- Aelia Tax Display by Country for WooCommerce
- WooCommerce EU VAT Assistant
Diego's code quality and support is top-notch. If you're looking to do more business across borders we highly recommend checking out the offerings from Aelia.
Take a look at Aelia's new site
That's it for this edition. Simply reply to this email if you have any questions or suggestions, we read every message. Have a great week and best of luck with your projects!
Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus