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Product Quality Inspections: Your Questions Answered

Ensure the quality is up to scratch when working with factories in China, with this product inspection primer for ecommerce businesses.

Bottles on factory production line

This post is by Blair Quane, Director of Remote Control CEO.

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.

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Top Liquidation and Clearance Websites for eBay and Amazon Sellers

We look at the best U.S. and U.K. websites for sourcing liquidation and clearance stock, with tips for buying profitable lots to sell online

Liquidation stock loading into trucks

Liquidation and clearance websites can look very profitable. On the face of it, you can purchase goods at huge discounts. But it’s risky too. Sometimes you are given very little information about the goods – or their condition – and you could end up with a truckload of items with little or zero resale value.

Research is key. Which are the best places to buy from? How do they work? What are the differences between them? How can you find good products and maximize your chances of success?

In this article I will discuss how clearance and liquidation websites work and discuss the best ones available in the U.S. and U.K. I have only included those which:

  • Sell liquidation stock such as customer returns and excess inventory
  • Sell business to business only, not to consumers
  • Offer online browsing and buying

The sites are listed in alphabetical order. At the end, I’ll explain some common problems with buying liquidation stock, and give some useful buying tips.

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Dropshipping on Amazon: The Secret to Success

Michael Anderson reveals how to build a hands-free dropshipping empire on Amazon through automation and integration

This post is by Michael Anderson the CEO and co-founder of Etail Solutions, a SaaS sales and supply chain management platform.

The dropshipping business model is tough and it can be a difficult one to make profitable. Despite getting wholesale pricing, your product costs are likely to be the same as many other sellers, if not more.

In addition, suppliers will charge a per-order fee ranging from $2 to $10 for storage, shipping and handling. By the time these costs have been factored in, sellers all too often find themselves in uncompetitive positions, very close to being unprofitable.

But, as you’re about to discover, there is a way to make the dropshipping business model work. In fact, a few dropshippers have turned this highly competitive, low-margin model into lucrative seven-figure-per-month businesses that practically run by themselves!

In this article, you’ll find out what it takes from an operations standpoint, to go from a handful of SKUs to a hands-free dropshipping empire. You’ll discover how to leverage integration and automation to drive up sales and purchasing volume at the same time as driving down costs.

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How to Find the Right Private Label Manufacturer

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 of 80/20 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.

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How to Avoid Dead Stock and Use Data to Find Top Sellers

Here’s three tips to help you avoid overstocking, and find bestselling products that will never tie up valuable capital and warehouse space.

This post is by Dani Avitz, an ecommerce expert & COO of Algopix, a product market research tool for eBay and Amazon sellers.

In the world of ecommerce, not every product that a seller sources will actually sell. Sure, there are those products that seem to have never-ending demand despite the season and asking price. But, the fact is that around 20% of a seller’s inventory will become no-sells, or what is more appropriately known as overstock or dead stock.

Why does overstocking happen? The answer is usually two-fold, consisting of inventory purchases that were not based on sufficient market or product data; and inventory purchases that were driven by the wrong data – with the latter often being the worst of the two.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

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