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.
BULQ brings the liquidation industry into the 21st century by offering a manifest guarantee, flat-rate shipping and the ability to source on the go
Historically, the liquidation industry has had two main problems. The first affected retailers, who had to send their stock through inefficient and costly liquidation channels, which resulted in returned and excess inventory going through a lot of middle-men, before it would eventually reach buyers that would resell to the consumer market.
The second affected buyers who were purchasing liquidation stock, only to find that when it arrived, the stock was completely different to what was included in the manifest (if there was a manifest). They were also left confused by the various shipping costs and were sometimes hit with hidden fees.
Enter BULQ, who is bringing a different, more modern, approach to the liquidation industry in order to solve these two problems. They work with some of the largest retailers in the United States and connect their excess and returned inventory directly with entrepreneurs who buy the stock and resell it.
BULQ is also making the process quicker and easier for buyers. Not only do they offer flat-rate shipping direct to your door, they also offer a manifest guarantee if the contents of the lot is off by more than 2% in terms of condition or quantity.
Twice a year, the Global Sources Summit hosts the leading speakers on sourcing and private labeling from every corner of the Earth
For Amazon marketplace sellers, private labeling remains one of the most popular business models. This is where sellers source a generic item, create a logo and custom packaging, and then offer it on Amazon under their own brand name and listing.
But the private label model is more difficult than people think, and one of the most difficult aspects is sourcing products from China – especially if sellers have no previous experience of importing. They often make simple but costly errors, like miscommunicating with their supplier or having the wrong export documentation.
This is where the Global Sources Summit comes in. It aims to help established Amazon sellers source more efficiently, by learning from the world’s top sourcing and private label experts. It also gives sellers the opportunity to source products from two co-located trade shows, and to visit Chinese suppliers in person.
Cody Stallard talks all things dropshipping. From deciding what to sell and finding a legitimate supplier, through to processing orders
This post is by Cody Stallard and was originally published as a ten part series on The Wholesale Forums.
If you’re looking into selling online, then you will more than likely have come across the term “dropshipping”. Sadly, this isn’t the practice of dropping a ship into the middle of the ocean, however fun that may sound.
No, dropshipping is a business model for online sellers, where merchants don’t purchase their stock until they receive an order. How is this possible? Well, they list an item and then, when an order is placed, they order it from their supplier, who ships it straight to the customer.
Dropshipping is one of the most attractive strategies for selling online, primarily because you never see or touch your stock. This means that you don’t have to find room for hundreds of units, or spend time handling and shipping orders.
In this post, I’ll be looking at the whole dropshipping process, covering everything from from the pros and cons of starting your own dropshipping business, to how the order process works and how to find legitimate suppliers.