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Friday, February 14, 2020


Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post. In this post, we gon’ talk about the savage virus called  Coronavirus shaking the world right now. So we're going to talk about the virus and its impact on e-commerce especially Dropshipping.

If you watch TV often, you have probably heard of this virus. Indeed, it is a new virus started in China. According to the first news, this virus comes from an exotic animal called Pangolin. It contaminated its first victims at the Wuhan market at the end of 2019. Since then, the virus has not stopped developing in China and in other countries. The virus causes respiratory infections, including the common cold, which are typically mild, though rarer forms such as SARS, MERS and COVID-19 can be lethal. Currently, scientists from around the world have come together to learn more about this virus and create a vaccine.

What are the consequences of this virus for dropshipping?

Activities suspended
There may be a suspension of activity in the factories due to this virus. Indeed, for safety reasons, some factories may close temporarily so as not to have infected people. It doesn’t change anything for business though, because you’re aware that it’s Chinese New Year right now. During the Chinese New Year, there is also a suspension of activity from the factories. This year, the Chinese New Year may be extended until February 20th to avoid the expansion of this virus. Factory activity is expected to resume at least a week later.

Can the virus be transmitted via packages?
That’s the big question but according to health authorities and the WHO (World Health Organization), the risk of transmission of the virus by parcel is almost zero. Indeed, the virus cannot survive several hours in the open air. This is pretty good news for Dropshipping. If you work with Chinese suppliers, you can continue working with them without having problems with the virus.

How to deal with the virus as a drop shipper
Work with  European or American suppliers. You can indeed, work with  European or American suppliers for your E-commerce Business, you will surely find the same or equivalent products. This will help you to have no delay in delivery for your customers. You will surely find a supplier who has your products, in addition to this, you will benefit from a shorter delivery time. It's up to you, you can pause your business or find a supplier who has the product you are selling.

Warn your customers about the delay
It will, of course, be necessary to warn your customers for the delay that it will take for their product to arrive. It won’t be good for your business not to let your customers know about the delay. A customer who does not have a good customer experience will never come back again, and this may ruin your biz. This is probably not what you want, so my advice is to let your customers know that you will be late in delivering their package.

To conclude,  Coronavirus is shaking the world right now and we are praying so that everything is back to normal! As far as  Dropshipping is concerned, the risk of transmission by parcel is almost zero. There is currently a suspension of activity due to the Chinese New Year and this can continue if there are cases in the factories. If you like this article don’t forget to live a comment below to let me know what are your thoughts about this virus. Peace!


  1. Hello Ulrichie
    I like the post and especially the solution that you offer which is to look for European and American suppliers.
    My question is: where do you find such suppliers?

  2. Hi Ulrich,

    Really appreciate your post and I confess I didn't think about that aspect of the corona virus outbreak at all. I'm actually a Beninese like you, living in Cotonou and I was thinking to start in drop-shipping. So I'm gathering everywhere all I can find as information in order to make a very good start, and not waste time. I'm very proud to see a fellow citizen performing that way and it is just motivating me more to move on.
    Have registered your contact and will surely contact you soon to get started.

    Just feel proud of all this.




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