Definition of drop-ship in US English:


verbdrop-ships, drop-shipping, drop-shipped

[with object]
  • Move (goods) from the manufacturer directly to the retailer without going through the usual distribution channels.

    ‘the shopping network has begun drop-shipping orders taken by telephone or over the Internet’
    • ‘He describes his company's market space precisely: ‘We target companies that need strong project accounting, as well as the ability to do distribution of products - specifically, nonstock, drop-shipped, serial-numbered items.’’
    • ‘You can save your customer extra shipping charges by drop-shipping the ammo from the factory to the training facility.’
    • ‘At lunch in Chicago with an executive of one of the industry's megadistributors, however, he gets nowhere with his bid for a major drop-ship deal.’
    • ‘To that end, the company developed its drop-shipping program, by which online shoppers can peruse 30 million pairs of shoes on Nordstrom, but the merchandise is shipped directly from the individual vendor, not Nordstrom.’
    • ‘You then ring the Intel flack and say, ‘I understand that you drop-shipped upwards of two-hundred-thousand CPUs to retailers last quarter.’’
    bring, take, take round, convey, carry, transport, distribute
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