Definition of drop-ship in English:


transitive verbtransitive verb drop-ships, transitive verb drop-shipping, transitive verb 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 then ring the Intel flack and say, ‘I understand that you drop-shipped upwards of two-hundred-thousand CPUs to retailers last quarter.’’
    • ‘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.’
    bring, take, take round, convey, carry, transport, distribute, drop-ship