Most consumer goods are now made in China, from plastic toys for dollar stores to the latest iPhones for Apple. Chinese factories make products for brands and retailers of every type.
When you are having products made in China for your own business, how do you know if you are getting iPhone quality or dollar store quality? How can you make sure standards are consistent across different production runs? How do you know that the goods are being handled and packaged properly?
Unfortunately, you can’t really know these things unless you are standing in the factory all day, looking over their shoulder. What you can do is arrange an independent inspection to check that the products are being made to your specification, then take action if the quality is not what it should be.
Amazon is asking sellers on its European sites for their products’ Declaration of Conformity. What is a DoC and how can sellers get one?
This post is by Ferry Vermeulen, Founder of INSTRKTIV, a company which helps businesses develop compliant product documentation and user manuals.
When selling certain products on Amazon in Europe, the platform requires you to submit a Declaration of Conformity. A Declaration of Conformity (or DoC) proves that the product complies with European product safety legislation.
Depending on the EU directives that apply to your product, there are different requirements on the content of the Declaration. Amazon is very strict and only approves products that include a compliant Declaration. They often decline products without giving a reason, so the seller has to work out what’s missing for themselves.
This article will explain what a Declaration of Conformity is, when you need one, and how you can draft and submit a compliant DoC.
Everything you need to know, from what makes a great private label manufacturer to the best directories – and the worst mistakes.
This post is by Gary Huang, an American based in Shanghai, China. Gary has been working in sourcing since 2008, and is the creator of80/20 Sourcing which teaches online sellers and small business importers how to save time and make more money when sourcing from suppliers in China.
FACT: there are over 2.8 MILLION factories in China. They range from state of the art and fully-automated manufacturing facilities, to loose groups of stay-at-home women who cut and sew textiles from their own homes. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a pretty good chance there’s a factory in China that can make it.
But if you’re an Amazon private label seller or an ecommerce entrepreneur, how do you know which type of manufacturer is right for you?
In other words, how do you find the right private label manufacturer for your business? One that makes products at the right quality and the right price, provides the service you need, can deliver on time, make the modifications you want, and manufacture them under your brand.
From mobile devices to virtual reality, home products, fashion and luggage, you can source almost anything at Global Sources trade shows
If you are a private labeler or a seller looking to develop a brand, it’s very likely that you’ll be sourcing products from factories in Asia. So it makes a lot of sense to attend trade shows there, and meet face-to-face with potential suppliers.
Not only does this cut out lengthy email conversations, where your requirements can be easily misunderstood, it helps you get a feel for the right supplier and start building a relationship with them.
Trade shows also give sellers a chance to get hands on with potential products. In the age of the internet sellers can be all too tempted to source products without ever seeing them. At trade shows, sellers can get their hands on sample products, test them out and make a far more informed decision on which products to source.
Fredrik Gronkvist explains what CE marking is, which products are covered, how to make your products compliant and how much it costs
This post is by Fredrik Gronkvist, the co-founder of Chinaimportal.com, in Hong Kong. They provide free online courses for importers who want to learn more about manufacturing in Asia, product regulations and shipping.
What is CE marking? What kind of products need CE marking? And who is actually responsible for making sure the product gets CE marked?
These are questions I see in my inbox on a daily basis.
CE marking is misunderstood, but not necessarily as complicated as you might think.
In this article, I will explain what every importer and online seller must know about CE marking, what it takes to make a product compliant and how much it’ll cost you.