You are an SME / SMI, and / or an entrepreneur, who starts his first steps in international trade. You have certainly mastered these two useful terms: OEM & ODM (read ODM vs. OEM). From the field of production in China, finding the best supplier that will answer your request, remains a very delicate exercise. The business world is riddled with scammers; many questions overwhelm your mind like: is this supplier real / legal? Will I really be delivered once payment is made? Will not he disappear with my money? Etc.
Below are some methods that will help you to better refine your search:
1. Use online sourcing platforms
If you used to look for Chinese suppliers, you are certainly already familiar or at least have already heard of websites such as: Alibaba, Aliexpress, made-in-china, 1688.com, etc.
These websites offer many carefully listed suppliers of their database in quite a variety of sectors. So according to your needs, establish a list of at least 10 potential suppliers with whom you directly discuss the details of your order. Be especially interested in suppliers with the “Gold Supplier” rating of at least 3 years.
2. Visit Fair Trade Show
Unlike online sourcing websites, this method is a little more expensive. It generates expenses related to possible movements on the Chinese territory.
To be better informed about the various fairs, we recommend this platform: (www.chinaexhibition.com). One of the biggest fairs and the most popular elsewhere is the Canton Fair (www.cantonfair.org.cn) which takes place between the months of April and May of each year. The Canton Fair 2018 takes place at this time from (April 15 to May 5, 2018).
If it’s true that message exchanges will never replace human relations, participating in these fairs will allow you to go directly to a factory manager, touch the equipment to better appreciate the quality.
3. Work with a sourcing company based in China such as: 2GL Global Solutions
You are not very skilled with the computer tools. Your budget does not allow you to travel to China. Get in touch with a central purchasing office will save your time on processing your order. Moreover, the presence on the Chinese territory guarantees proximity to many factories following various partnership agreements with them. This is for better quality control and well monitoring of your operations.
One of the golden rules at 2GL Global Solutions is: “the best supplier is not always the one who offers the lowest price on the market”. 2GL is available to help you for the transport and customs clearance of your goods.
If you have any needs, do not hesitate to contact us.
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