I run a small handmade gifts boutique and am struggling to find the "right" way to pack and ship orders.
I represent a number of Wisconsin artists who hand craft the products upon order placement. Most have said they would be willing to just dropship the item (I would provide shipping labels, invoices, etc.). However, I want the feel and brand to stay consistent throughout the process. So, I feel I only have 3 options...
1. Double up on shipping - the artist ships the items to me and then I ship them to customers (but this would take extra time and money)
2. Since most of the artists are close to my location, I could go and pick up the items (this takes less time, but extra gas money - plus what happens if I expand farther outside the Milwaukee area?)
3. I could just have the artists drop ship the items, and hope (and pray) that they aren't skipping out on anything or simply ignoring my branding wishes. (I could also supply all of the materials, but then we run into the problem of varying sizes of items and providing all the sizes they might need.)
I'd really appreciate your help in this!!