There are two ways of adding products to your store – free direct import from AliExpress and import of already edited products from AliDropship (these are AliExpress products as well, but they are selected and edited by our experts).
Step 1. Install AliDropship Chrome Extension.
To start importing products from AliExpress, you need to install AliDropship Google Chrome Extension. The extension makes it possible not only import products directly from AliExpress, but also update them, collect tracking IDs and process your orders automatically. To install the extension, you should open the link in your Chrome browser and click Add to Chrome. A cart icon will appear on the top panel of your browser on your right.
Step 2. Authorize at the extension.
Open your AliDropship app → click AliDropship Google Chrome extension icon → Shopify:
Once you've been authorized, go to AliDropship → Products → Import Products and click the Direct Import from AliExpress button to import products directly from AliExpress. You will be redirected to AliExpress in a new tab.
Otherwise, you can open AliExpress directly. On AliExpress Home page you should type in a keyword in the search bar or select a category to open the Category page, then the settings of the extension will be available to you.
Step 3. Check the extension settings.
The extension panel will be available to you on the Category page. The panel has (1) the name – AliDropship App to which you will import products. The category box (2) allows you to choose the category to which the products will be imported. (3) is Bulk Import button that shows the amount of already imported products on the page (here it is 0) and the overall amount of products on the page (60). The cogs icon (4) provides access to the extension settings.
Click the cog icon to set search filters by shipping country (any country / a set of countries), preferred shipping method and product description type.
On AliExpress category page the extension will show you the processing time (how long it takes for a supplier to prepare the item for shipping) in a grey bar at the bottom of the product image and shipping method available for each product on a green bar at the top of the product image.
Step 4. Import products.
There are three ways how you can import products with the extension:
1. Bulk import of all products on the page
Click the Bulk Import button on the extension panel if you want to import all the items on the page in bulk.
When you start the page, the button shows the amount of products that can be imported from the page (i.e. 60 items). If you have imported some selected products from this page (see next way to import), the button will show how many products on the page have already been imported to your store (i.e. 3 / 60 means that you have imported 3 items from this page). Clicking the button will make the rest of the products on the page be imported to the store.
2. Importing selected products from Category page
If you need to only add some particular products, click the orange AliDropship cart logo to import items one by one.
If the item has been already imported in your store, you will see a tick next to the cart icon. A grey icon will be shown in case there is no active web store found.
3. Importing single products with prior editing
On a Single Product page the extension panel will not only provide the option to import the products, but will allow you to edit it before importing and check Alidropship's Seller's score.
Click the buttons of AliDropship Seller's Score panel on the left to see more details about the seller. AliDropship Seller’s score may differ from that of AliExpress since we use a more advanced formula: it is based on such parameters as for how long a supplier has been selling goods on AliExpress, his feedback, shipping time, accuracy of product descriptions, etc. It is recommended to import products with a score higher than 90%.
If you need to edit item details before adding it to your store, click the Edit button on the extension panel.
In the modal window it is possible to make some essential changes to the products. In the General tab you can edit product title, its permalink, and assign the item to a certain category.
To edit product description, go to the Description tab. Check Remove text and/or Remove images if you want your products to be imported without text and/or images. Check Remove packaging details if you don't want them to be imported. Images can be edited with the help of Image Editor, a powerful built-in tool. Click the pencil icon in the top right corner of an image to start editing it. For more details, refer to this guide.
To change product featured image, add new images, or edit them, proceed to Gallery.
In Pricing you can set new price and apply pricing formula (product price will be recalculated according to the pricing formula you have set in AliDropship App → Settings → Pricing).
In the Attributes tab you can edit existing attributes. Click Reset to Defaults in case you do not want the changes you have made to the product to be saved.
Edit or delete product's item specifics in the Item Specifics tab.
Once you have made all necessary changes to the product, click Add to Import List.
You can find the products you have imported in Products → Import list. Please note that only products sent to Shopify can be visible to customers on your site, and the Import list products can only be seen to the site owner.
When you click Send to Shopify, product will be sent to Shopify → Products.
And it will be removed from Import list to the My products section at AliDropship app.