Step-by-step tips on buying from Alibaba, from finding suppliers and sending RFQs, to making a shortlist and using communication channels.
This post is by Gary Huang, founder of 80/20 Sourcing and an online seller on Amazon, eBay and Shopify since 2004.
As a private label business owner or ecommerce store owner, when you want to source a product from China the first thing that comes to mind is buying from Alibaba, right? Not so fast…
Alibaba certainly is the largest online directory of suppliers. However I always say that Alibaba is like the yellow pages. And there are hundreds of thousands of suppliers on there. And there will be the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So how do you separate the scammers and trading companies from the straight-shooting direct factories?
I’ve been based in China since 2008 and have worked with hundreds of Chinese suppliers. Alibaba is one of the tools I’ve used to source reliable suppliers, so I’d like to share some of my do’s and don’ts and help you buy from Alibaba successfully.
Catch up on your reading with our pick of this year’s Web Retailer posts, which demystified topics, expanded horizons and got people talking.
At this time of year, it’s good to take a step back and reflect on the months gone by.
We have selected 12 of the best articles from all those we published in 2018. In this roundup we:
- Demystify Amazon’s Choice, Amazon Seller Central and Amazon Vendor Central.
- Talk about the changes in the private labelling landscape across Amazon and eBay.
- Provide a step-by-step guide on how to use Facebook Ads to target Amazon customers.
- Delve into the murky underworld of Amazon’s dirty sellers and fake reviews.
- Discuss eBay Promoted Listings and repricing tools for eBay.
- Consider escaping the marketplace rat race completely, by starting a subscription box business.
So sit back, put up your feet and catch up on your festive reading.
Amazon private label sellers can get everything from market research and analytics to PPC ad management and email automation in one tool.
Most Amazon private label sellers have the same needs, and follow the same process. It starts with detailed market research, so the products you source will have the best possible chance of succeeding.
Even with great products, success doesn’t just happen by accident. Building sales momentum usually takes a lot of advertising, and asking customers for product reviews.
But how do you know if all your marketing efforts are working? You’ll need to monitor your search ranking, sales and profitability to find out. Once orders are flowing, you’ll need to plan when to restock and how many units to buy, or sales will come to a dead stop.
Market research. PPC ads. Review requests. Search rank. Reporting. Restocking. It’s a lot to think about. Many sellers use software to manage and automate each of these tasks, and end up using 5-10 separate apps, each with their own monthly subscription to pay.
ManageByStats, or MBS, takes a different approach. It’s one system which covers just about everything an Amazon private label seller needs.
Philip Murphy covers finding a manufacturer, following the regulations, protecting your brand, handling restrictions, managing inventory & more.
This post is by Philip Murphy, Digital Marketing Manager for Private Label Sk.in, a skin care manufacturer for private label brands.
The advantages of selling private label skin care products on Amazon are substantial. But to succeed, you have to work through some of the challenges that go along with being on the world’s largest ecommerce site.
Yes, you will have immediate exposure to an enormous market, but you will also have to contend with strong competition, tough policies imposed on sellers, and – when using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) – potential inventory issues.
Fortunately, most of these challenges and others can be handled with research, planning, and diligence.
How to find a bestselling Amazon FBA private label product, including a detailed breakdown of all the attributes to look for in your research.
This post is by Chris Rawlings, CEO and Co-founder of Judolaunch.
Successfully selling on Amazon is a lot more than just picking any old product and posting it for sale in the marketplace. While there are certain strategies and tactics for selling that make it easier, at the end of the day your success as a seller will come down to this:
You need a great quality product that people are interested in buying.
Knowing exactly how to find, research, and assess a potential private label product is the key that can unlock the door to Amazon riches. You’ll also need to know if that product is viable in the marketplace. Once you’ve sorted that out, you’ll be well on your way to a successful launch.
In this article, we’ve put together The Ultimate Amazon Private Label Checklist so that you won’t miss a step on your road to taking advantage of the enormous opportunity of Amazon private label selling.