All posts by Erwin Castro

A freelance web writer, developer, and digital marketing specialist.

This new Spocket Dropshipping App can save dropshippers from major business disruption

AliExpress is often the top choice for many dropshippers looking to sell high-quality products. The Chinese-based online marketplace boasts one of the most significant sources of dropshipping suppliers that helps you find products to start and grow your dropshipping business. But finding a product to sell and running an online store is a very tedious task and takes a lot of time.

Luckily, we have tons of dropshipping tools and software available that can help you find the right products to sell in your dropshipping business. Two leading players in the dropshipping technology platform are Spocket and Oberlo. Both have a reputation for being extremely powerful dropshipping tools that allows you to find and import dropshipping products directly into your online store. They can help you find and link to various dropshipping suppliers, saving you valuable time and energy in managing your dropshipping business.

Oberlo, Shopify’s very own dropshipping technology app, makes it easy for dropshippers to find products from AliExpress and add them to their online store with just a few clicks. This app offers a wide range of quality products at low prices. Unfortunately, in a recent post on Oberlo App FAQ page, the Oberlo team announced that it is shutting down the popular dropshipping app Oberlo, and will no longer offer its Chrome extension that helps dropshippers find products and fulfill orders on their Shopify stores. According to Shopify, Oberlo users who already have an account for the app can still access the Oberlo dropshipping app until June 15. After June 15, Oberlo will be uninstalled and your data will be lost.

On the Shopify Discussion page, Shopify (Oberlo’s parent company) confirmed that it’s teaming up with another ecommerce solution provider and suggests using a popular dropshipping solution developed by DSers, a Shopify-technology partner, and AliExpress partner. Like Oberlo and Spocket, DSers has all the features you need to manage your dropshipping business. This dropshipping app offers tight integration with the widely-popular AliExpress, provides bulk order fulfillment (you can place up to 100+ orders with just a few clicks of a button), as well as advanced features. DSers also has a Chrome extension that you can install to import dropshipping products from AliExpress easily. Just with Spocket and Oberlo, DSers also comes with free and monthly paid subscription options.

The news about Oberlo’s shutdown comes as a big surprise for everyone. Oberlo, which was first introduced in 2015 in the market, has been a popular dropshipping app for years and is often a top choice for many AliExpress dropshippers. This news about Oberlo’s shutdown might be concerning to you if you’ve been relying on Oberlo dropshipping app.

Shopify already announced on the Shopify Discussion page that it is working closely with the DSers technology team to make the migration from Oberlo to DSers dropshipping app as seamless as possible. Other dropshipping solution providers, such as Sell the Trend and Spocket, are also on the move, working hard to offer better alternatives to the industry’s favorite Oberlo dropshipping app. Spocket, which helps dropshippers around the world discover and dropship high-quality US/EU based products, has already introduced a one-click migration tool for Oberlo users that are looking to migrate their products to another dropshipping solution.



Meet AliScraper, Spocket’s newest AliExpress dropshipping tool

The Vancouver-based ecommerce company is committed to helping the dropshipping community, providing them with the tools they needed to continue business and avoid major business disruption. Recently, Spocket announced a new AliExpress dropshipping tool called AliScraper, Spocket said that you can do everything that Oberlo does and even more!

Here are some of the big highlights of the new AliScraper dropshipping tool:

  1. Free to download: just visit the Chrome web store and download the Spocket Chrome Extension.
  2. It’s compatible and works with major dropshipping platform providers, BigCommerce, Shopify, WooCommerce, and Wix.
  3. One-click product importer: Automatically import products from AliExpress to your Spocket import list.
  4. Access to automation tool for processing orders: The one-click bulk processing feature will allow you to process tons of orders instantly.
  5. 24/7 technical support: A dedicated customer support team is available to help you with your dropshipping issues and other technical problems.
  6. Faster fulfillment processing: This gives you more time on building your online brand.
  7. Easily import Loox reviews to your dropshipping store: Loox provides an easy and fastest way to add social proof and product reviews to your online store. This helps you build strong trust and increase sales.
  8. Provide the best delivery option for your customers: According to the AliScraper website, the Spocket team has also added a feature that allows you to check your AliExpress delivery options and select the courier that works best with your customers.

Well, of course, the new Spocket tool also comes with some drawbacks.

  1. To access the AliScraper tool, you need to use the Google Chrome web browser.
  2. AliScraper is still in beta testing, which means that the product is not yet finalized. And the Spocket development team is still working on it, debugging, and adding some finishing touches.
  3. To use AliScraper in your dropshipping business, you need to sign up with Spocket’s subscription service. This will cost you money.
  4. Limited information about the new feature. AliScraper is still in the beta stage.

According to Spocket’s development team, the newly-launched AliScraper is the only dropshipping tool that has a reliable Oberlo migration tool, allowing dropshippers to migrate all of their AliExpress dropshipping products and data to AliScraper with just one click. Not just that, you can use this newly-launched AliExpress dropshipping tool for free, yes 100 percent FREE! Just visit the AliScraper page and then download the Chrome extension.

Not sure which one is right for you? DSers or AliScraper. Try to check out AliScraper’s Youtube video to get more about this new tool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc1jFe7ksgc

In addition to Oberlo, Spocket also offers migration tools for users who are looking to migrate products from DSers to Spocket. You can check the Migrate from DSers page here.

Even though it’s a new feature and still in the beta stage, it’s well-thought-out and comes from a reputable company with a good track record and experience in developing dropshipping software technologies.

As a leading dropshipping technology platform, Spocket will continue to focus on the development and delivery of new products and services. Whether you are looking to move or migrate your data or just want to explore your options, there is no risk in trying Spocket’s new AliExpress dropshipping app, AliScraper.

Manu Heirbaut Joins Datadobi as Company’s Vice President of Engineering

Heirbaut to build on the company’s product success to drive more opportunities for Datadobi and its customers

Datadobi, the global leader in unstructured data management, today announced the appointment of Manu Heirbaut as the company’s Vice President of Engineering. Heirbaut takes over the role of Datadobi Chief Architect and co-founder Kim Marivoet to allow Marivoet to focus 100% on architecting the future products of unstructured data management that enterprises urgently need.

Heirbaut will continue to build on the company’s long history of product success and innovation and be responsible for making sure that they meet the highest quality that Datadobi has become known for. He will report directly to Ian Leysen, CEO of Datadobi.

In 2022, Datadobi reached the milestone of having over 1,000+ enterprise customers. The dedicated role of Vice President of Engineering is now needed to ensure that Datadobi can scale its engineering team to meet the demands of its rapidly growing customer base.

Heirbaut’s appointment comes shortly after Datadobi announced the launch of StorageMAP, a new solution that provides a single pane of glass for organizations to manage unstructured data across their complete data storage estate whether on-premises or in the cloud. The software, built upon Datadobi’s best-in-class vendor-neutral unstructured data mobility engine, enables end-users to visualize, organize, and act on their data in hybrid vendor and cloud environments. StorageMAP puts companies in control of their data’s cost, carbon footprint, risk, and value.

“With the introduction of StorageMAP, Datadobi has solidified our position as the leader of the emerging unstructured data management market. StorageMAP, and our flagship product DobiMigrate, truly help enterprises harness the power of their unstructured data,” said Ian Leysen, CEO, at Datadobi. “As we continue to build upon our experience, we look forward to relying on Manu’s expertise to drive customer success around the world.”

Heirbaut brings over 20 years of experience in software development and building international engineering teams to Datadobi. Prior to joining the company, Heirbaut worked at companies such as Inventive Designers, Telenet, and Sungard. Most recently, Heirbaut served as the Director of Engineering at Unifiedpost Group.

“By now we all know that unstructured data is growing out of control. IT leaders are now questioning how they can truly manage their unstructured data in our multi-vendor, multi-cloud world,” said Heirbaut. “I look forward to expanding StorageMAP and working with the Datadobi team to truly give our customers the complete and highest quality solution they are looking for.”

The addition of Heirbaut and the Vice President of Engineering role comes in a period of global expansion for Datadobi. Notable announcements recently include Datadobi and Climb Channel Solutions expanding their partnership agreement across EMEA and the appointment of Matthias Nijs as Vice President of EMEA sales.

About Datadobi
Founded in 2010 and based in Leuven, Belgium, Datadobi is a global leader in unstructured data management software and services. The company’s enterprise-class software allows organizations to transition to new storage technology quickly and safely and to protect their unstructured data on any NAS or any cloud. To learn more, please visit https://datadobi.com/.

Meet AliScraper, Spocket’s new AliExpress dropshipping tool

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Dropshipping has become one of the most popular and profitable business models in recent years, with young entrepreneurs sharing their success stories of how it helped them build highly profitable online businesses. It’s easier and cheaper to start because you don’t have to worry about product inventory and shipping.

But before you can start your dropshipping business, you need to find good products. Finding the right products is crucial to operating a successful dropshipping business. Another one is finding reliable product suppliers. And where you can find these things?

Enter AliExpress, the Chinese-based online marketplace that was founded in 2010 and is currently owned by the Chinese tech giant Alibaba. The Chinese ecommerce site provides a wide selection of products (more than 100 million products!) that you can easily dropship from the AliExpress website to your online store using the right dropshipping technology tool like Spocket. AliExpress is a very popular destination for most of today’s dropshippers and online store owners due to its vast collection of products. It’s the number one choice for most dropshippers when it comes to bulk buying.

Spocket, a globally respected ecommerce solutions provider for the ecommerce business, has recently launched a new automated dropshipping tool to help online sellers dropship products from the most popular online marketplace on the planet, AliExpress. The goal is to help the dropshipping community, providing them with the tool they needed.

In this article, we’re going to discuss this new dropshipping tool that you can use in your dropshipping business. Let’s get started and dive into the topic!

Enter AliScraper, Spocket’s next big dropshipping tool

The global COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just introduced a new normal workplace, it also increased the ecommerce adoption rate and changed the game for online businesses. For dropshippers and online businesses to continue to be profitable in the highly competitive ecommerce business, they need to improve their business processes, acquire new technologies and create more effective marketing campaigns. Fortunately, ecommerce tech providers, like Spocket, have some smart strategies and technologies to help dropshippers get on solid ground and grow their businesses.

Spocket’s newly-launched AliScraper will allow you to import AliExpress products into your dropshipping store using your Spocket account. Using this new ecommerce tool, you can automate the process of your AliExpress dropshipping business.

The newly-launched AliScraper is a potent combination of speed and simplicity. This new tool has been designed to provide dropshippers more cost-effective, easier, and faster way to create a product listing in your Spocket dropshipping tool. Powered by Spocket Chrome Extension, AliScraper is a free product importer that will allow you to add products from AliExpress to your Spocket import list with just a few clicks.

This new tool offers a great alternative to Oberlo (Shopify) for dropshipping for major ecommerce platforms. This gives you an easier and faster way to get started with AliExpress dropshipping on any ecommerce platform you choose (Shopify, WooCommerce, Wix, and BigCommerce).

So how this new dropshipping product works? First, you need to sign up for Spocket. I highly recommend the 14-day trial. This offers a good start if you’re a Spocket first-time user, allowing you to explore its benefits and advantages. After the sign-up process, you can download the AliScraper Chrome extension from the Google Chrome web store. This is free of charge. The only requirement here is that you have a Google Chrome browser installed on your PC or laptop.

After Chrome extension installation, you can surf the AliExpress website and find the products you want to add to your Spocket import list. To import the product from AliExpress to your Spocket import list, just click the AliScraper button and everything will automatically be added. Then, import the dropshipped products from your Spocket import list to your online store.

Steps to follow to start importing AliExpress products to your dropshipping store:

  1. Install the AliScraper chrome extension
  2. Sign up with Spocket’s service
  3. Launch your ecommerce store with your preferred online store platform (Shopify, Wix, etc.) and connect it with your Spocket account.
  4. You can now start importing products.

Now, let’s check some of the big highlights:

  1. Free to download: just visit the Chrome web store and download the Spocket Chrome Extension.
  2. It’s compatible and works with major dropshipping platform providers, BigCommerce, Shopify, WooCommerce, and Wix.
  3. One-click product importer: Automatically import products from AliExpress to your Spocket import list.
  4. Access to automation tool for processing orders: The one-click bulk processing feature will allow you to process tons of orders instantly.
  5. They got you covered, 24/7: A dedicated customer support team is available to help you with your dropshipping issues and other technical problems.
  6. Faster fulfillment processing: This gives you more time on building your online brand.
  7. Easily import Loox reviews to your dropshipping store: Loox provides an easy and fastest way to add social proof and product reviews to your online store. This helps you build strong trust and increase sales.
  8. Provide the best delivery option for your customers: According to the AliScraper website, the Spocket team has also added a feature that allows you to check your AliExpress delivery options and select the courier that works best with your customers.

Well, of course, the new Spocket tool also comes with some drawbacks.

  1. To access the AliScraper tool, you need to use the Google Chrome web browser.
  2. AliScraper is still in beta testing, which means that the product is not yet finalized. And the Spocket development team is still working on it, debugging, and adding some finishing touches.
  3. To use AliScraper in your dropshipping business, you need to sign up with Spocket’s subscription service. This will cost you money.
  4. Limited information about the new feature. AliScraper is still in the beta stage.

Even though it’s a new feature and still in the beta stage, it’s well-thought-out and comes from a reputable company with a good track record and experience in developing dropshipping software technologies. As a leading dropshipping technology platform, Spocket will continue to focus on the development and delivery of new products and services.

So the next time you plan to import products from AliExpress, try this new free product importer from Spocket. Still not convinced? check out the Spocket website, explore the AliScraper page, and learn more about this new feature.

Datadobi Enables CBX to Migrate Entire Distributed Data Storage Infrastructure

DobiMigrate Ensures Data Security and Integrity Objectives Met During Migration; Cuts Months Off Project Timeline

Datadobi, the global leader in unstructured data management software, today announced that the CBX agency has migrated its entire distributed data storage infrastructure with DobiMigrate enterprise-class migration software for network-attached storage (NAS) and object data. In doing so, CBX now enjoys greatly expanded features and functionality, including greatly enhanced data security and support for cloud tiering.

Recently, the NetApp data storage platform and associated software on which CBX had long relied was end-of-life. This meant that no additional firmware, patches, or upgrades would be made available. In addition, warranty support would soon come to an end. CBX decided that its best option would be to remain with NetApp and upgrade to the vendor’s newest platform. In doing so, it would not only remain with a brand it trusted but CBX would also benefit from increased capabilities and heightened security. With this decision made, the next critical consideration was how best to migrate the NAS data from its existing data storage environments to the new. The data migration would involve the entirety of CBX’s client and internal business production data housed across two geographically dispersed locations in Minneapolis and New York City.

CBX reached out to their technology vendor SHI, for a recommendation on how best to proceed. SHI highly recommended Datadobi, and its DobiMigrate enterprise-class migration software for NAS and object data.

“SHI assured us that DobiMigrate could be trusted to deliver in the most complex and demanding environments while ensuring that we meet our data security and integrity objectives for migration to our new storage,” said Don Piraino, IT Manager, CBX. “The fact that Datadobi is also vendor-agnostic and has the ability to move data from any vendor’s platform to another heterogeneous platform on-prem, remote, or in the cloud added to my comfort level. It is nice knowing that I am not locked into any one vendor. But more importantly for me, this spoke to Datadobi’s industry-unique experience managing diverse migrations across many different platforms and environments.”

“We couldn’t allow even a moment of downtime or loss of data availability of any kind. The migration involved every single piece of CBX data – from client to CBX business data, spread across two geographically dispersed locations,” Piraino explained. “Typically, we use NetApp SnapMirror, but we knew it wasn’t the answer for this level of migration. With DobiMigrate, we finished in weeks, rather than in months, with not even one hiccup.”

When asked what advice Piraino would offer others contemplating an enterprise-class data migration, he replied, “We had a Datadobi Implementation Specialist dedicated to ensuring the success of our migration initiative… Having that level of expertise was invaluable. Nothing happened without Datadobi making sure it was being done correctly. It was such a load off my mind.”

Piraino concluded, “The final cutover was really smooth – with absolutely zero impact on any of our team’s work. We completed it on a Friday evening. And on Saturday morning, everything was up and running. When you, your internal users, and your boss feel zero pain, that’s always a good thing.”

To read the CBX case study in its entirety, please visit https://datadobi.com/case-studies/.

About CBX
Based in New York and Minneapolis, the CBX agency provides award-winning brand positioning and product portfolio architecture, identity design, corporate branding, package, and private label design, and retail activation services to some of the most beloved brands in the world. CBX clients include a number of fortune 500 clients who have trusted CBX to powerfully, visually connect their brands with the lives of their consumers. CBX believes that nurturing a culture of creative minds, dirty hands, straight talk, and good manners inspires its team to find innovative ways to connect clients to the people who make their businesses thrive. To learn more, please visit https://cbx.com.

About Datadobi
Founded in 2010 and based in Leuven, Belgium, Datadobi is a global leader in unstructured data management software and services. The company’s enterprise-class software allows organizations to transition to new storage technology quickly and safely and to protect their unstructured data on any NAS or any cloud. To learn more, please visit https://datadobi.com/.