Recognized for the entire month of November, National Reading Month aims to promote reading in the Philippines. In addition to encouraging Filipinos to read as a matter of practice, the literary industry must continue to make sure books are more widely available year-round, especially local titles. There are many ongoing initiatives to accomplish just this, the latest coming from Dropify, the nation’s first cash on delivery dropshipping company.

Dropify is the first company in the country that enables Filipinos to dropship through their own storefronts on Shopee and Lazada with the option of cash on delivery (COD) for their customers, including everything from shoes and sleep essentials to fast fashion and kitchenware. Dropify’s latest addition to this catalogue is local books, enabling dropshippers to in effect operate their own bookstore.

For those unfamiliar with dropshipping, the model is simple. An interested bookseller can subscribe to either Superdeal or Superstore, the two categories that now offer books courtesy of brand partner Bookshelf PH, a publishing company in the Philippines focused on books, ebooks, and audiobooks.

Dropify will provide this subscriber with his or her own Shopee and Lazada storefronts, carrying the books and other products that the person elects to sell.

When a customer buys a book, Dropify will ship the product directly to the customer from their warehouse. The customer thus gets to build their own ecommerce brand with none of the operational costs associated with holding inventory, employing warehouse manpower, and developing logistics infrastructure.

In the wake of National Reading Month this November, nation’s first cash on delivery dropshipping company, Dropify, launches books as a new dropshipping product line
In the wake of National Reading Month this November, nation’s first cash on delivery dropshipping company, Dropify, launches books as a new dropshipping product line

Books are already popular as a dropshipping product in other markets, like the United States and United Kingdom. Charles Sy, the CEO of Dropify, hopes that the introduction of books as a dropshipping product will produce more readers in the Philippines.

“As a dropshipping product, I’m especially excited about books because we can help entrepreneurs as well as readers. Dropshippers get a more diverse catalogue of products to offer with the addition of books, and their customers get more convenient access to books at the stores of their choosing,” said Sy.

In addition to being the first COD dropshipping company in the Philippines, Sy is also an active thought leader in promoting the business model to potential entrepreneurs. As an example, he recently shared his insights into dropshipping in publishing house Bookshelf PH’s The E-Hustle: What the Country’s Best Digital Leaders Can Teach You About Launching and Growing Your Online Business, alongside leaders from Shopee, GCash, Quad X, Great Deals, Kimstore, Booky, and many other top brands.
Like The E-Hustle, the books available to dropship will also be in non-fiction, spanning across genres like business, women’s, financial literacy, and more. Some titles already in the collection include works about local startups, Filipina heroes, marketing insights, and HR leaders, and others set to soon follow include a book on motherhood and parenting from Senator Risa Hontiveros, an anthology of art and writing from Filipina youth, and a work on social entrepreneurship in the Philippines.

Ada Ortega, the Bookshelf PH co-founder who arranged the partnership, believes it will contribute to the growth of reading, helping readers, writers, and booksellers.

“Dropify has shown the ability to grow entire product categories through their network of dropshipping entrepreneurs. The same virtuous cycle will occur with books. As books are made more accessible, there will be more readers, and also more booksellers and publishing houses,” said Ortega.

Interested dropshippers can proceed to Dropify for more information on dropshipping books.

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