Ordering from suppliers

Hello. I will be starting an ecommerce store soon and in the process of planning. I was wondering, is there a way to pay the supplier for the item that my customers order after I receive the money from my customers? Like the items that I will be selling are custom orders. I could easily pay the supplier after my customers order from my shopify site if it was just an item from Alibaba/aliexpress and that the product is ready to ship (so not branded).

My items are branded and will be a custom order from Alibaba. Is there a way for me to talk to suppliers about paying after my customer orders from me? They would need to start producing my custom orders though before I even start selling so I highly doubt they will produce the items without me paying first. Or is there no way and I have to pay upfront of all the items? Im new to this.

Thanks in advance!

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