As a rule, all the supplier’s details are listed in the document called the Bill of Lading (BOL). It serves as proof of receiving the load into transit and unloading it at the destination. It is also used for insurance purposes and proof of ownership. Moreover, the BOL is a loading receipt (“lading” is an archaic form of “loading”), which lists all the items that are being transported, their quantity, origin, and destination.
Since in dropshipping
, websites serve only as a storefront, and all the physical handling is done on the supplier’s side, you need a third party, usually a freight-forwarding company, to make the shipment blind. The said company exchanges the Bill of Lading with one of its own, which contains only the store’s contact details or is left blank.
Hiring a freight-forwarding company adds extra costs to your shipping, so weigh all the expenses against leaving your shipments unprotected from prying eyes.
Blind shipment is available even to smaller stores, but the fees for such services may outweigh the risks of leaving the contact information in the open for some of the business owners.