3 Key Points to Consider When Sourcing from China

China is an ideal place to have products manufactured if an e-commerce business owner wants to get a high profit margin by sourcing products globally. Compare with US based manufacturers, the Chinese ones are difficult to beat in terms of price and quality. In addition, relaying on the developed manufacture industry, the fulfillment centers in China are more full-functional and affordable. The one-stop fulfillment service they provide can help the e-commerce business owners who source from Alibaba, Aliexpress, taobao or other China based suppliers to push their business to the next level with less hassles. Despite these facts, there are these things to consider if you decide to source from China, otherwise you may find yourself suffering from unexpected financial losses.

 

3 Key Points to Consider When Sourcing from China

 

Language barrier & cultural difference

Don’t underestimate these two problems, they may become the deal-breaker. A lot of Chinese suppliers aren’t willing to (or can’t afford to) hire sales staff who are good at English, since they have tons of domestic buyers at hand. In this case, it will be harder for the supplier to understand exactly what you need. More than that, to be honest, Chinese people value personal relationships more than the spirit of contract. As a result, there are two options lying in front of e-commerce business owners who source from China, try to use simple words/phrases and confirm every small thing repeatedly, or cooperate with a local agent.

As an one-stop order fulfillment service provider, ChinaDivision helps customers to communicate with the suppliers and ensures that neither the language barrier nor the cultural difference can influence the business. With the help of the sales manager who can speak English and Chinese very well, ChinaDivision customers can enjoy the order fulfillment service as seamless as an in-house fulfillment team.

 

Idea / Design protection

It is sad to say that China is famous for counterfeits and knock-offs as well as its developed manufacture industry, so it’s essential to protect your idea/design from being copied when dealing with Chinese suppliers. Don’t show your whole idea to random Chinese manufacturer you found online, don’t let one supplier manufacture, pack and ship all of your products either. It’s dangerous to let your supplier know how to make and how to sell your products, they can make their own and sell on AliExpress without hesitation. Manufacture parts and assemble in fulfillment center is a good idea. Have the packages and products manufactured in different places and let ChinaDivision do the kitting and packing for you.

ChinaDivision not only provides kitting and assembly service, but also owns the developed warehouse management system(WMS) which is very suitable for integrating multiple suppliers. E-commerce business owners can easily manage the inventory from multiple suppliers with the organized user panel, enjoy affordable near-source fulfillment service and prevent the ideas and designs from being copied.

 

Fraud and scam prevention

Screening suppliers is a headache, being an e-commerce business owner who lives on the other side of the earth, you always have to beware of frauds and scams.

But how?

Send samples. Once you get some winners after the lengthy screening, ask them to send you samples. By comparing several samples, you can choose the most suitable one. Sending samples not only helps to screen suppliers, but also an important way to test the package. Testing whether the product fits perfectly in the package and weighing them helps the business owner to estimate the actual product appearance and shipping costs.

Have every batch of products inspected. Getting a satisfactory sample doesn’t mean all of the products will be equally good. A lot of e-commerce business owners get scammed because the samples are good, after ordering a lot of products from the supplier and waiting a long time, they end up getting a great pile of poorly made products at the door step. So it’s important to have every batch of products inspected. ChinaDivision helps customers to inspect the products and take photos, the e-commerce business owners can see what the products look like before the money/time consuming global shipping. This really minimizes the risk of getting scammed.

How to Sell Alibaba Products on eBay ?

Opening an eBay store is a good way to make money online, no matter as a full-time job or part-time job. As e-commerce starters, lots of people choose to source products from China, since there are so many good looking and cost-effective products on Alibaba. But how to import products from China and sell on eBay? Here is the step-by-step guide.

How to Sell Alibaba Products on eBay

How to choose the suppliers from Alibaba ?

Step 1. Do the research to find out what to sell on eBay.

When I say do the research, I mean do A LOT of research. It may be a frustrating and confusing process for a starter, but it’s very essential. Search on both Alibaba and eBay, find the best selling products, google them, ask your friends, do your own brainstorm…All beginning are hard, once you make the decision about what to import and sell, you can move to the next step.

 

Step 2. Search the suppliers on Alibaba and filter them.

Enter Alibaba.com and start to search the suppliers of the particular products, mark the products you like and list their suppliers. Then you can start to filter these suppliers to cross out some of them. The filtering criteria can include: Gold supplier or not, Support trade assurance or not and how long have the supplier been in the business. Contact the suppliers one by one, you will feel more confident about your eBay business when the detailed cooperation terms are negotiated.

 

Step 3. Place test orders.

Don’t order the products in bulk just because the supplier says they don’t accept small quantity orders, always place test orders and decide to order more or not after you actually touch the samples and sell the particular products in the short run. Placing test orders is a way to test the product quality, consumer feed back and your shipping solution.

 

How to brand the eBay store?

About this questions, please refer to this article Branding Tips for Sourcing from Alibaba

 

To drop-ship or not?

A lot of eBay beginners choose to drop-ship their made-in-China products, there are both pros and cons.

Pros: Save the budget, easy to start.

Cons: Compare to the dedicated fulfillment service provided by companies like ChinaDivision, drop-shipping is a very basic logistics solution, the eBay sellers can neither choose shipping methods freely nor get value-added services(which are very essential for brand establishment) such as customize packages, relabeling, kitting&assembly, etc. More than that, if the eBay sellers owns multiple suppliers, the inventory management will be a headache.

 

If you refuse to let your suppliers control all the shipment and customer satisfaction, partner with ChinaDivision, an experienced order fulfillment provider which has been doing order fulfillment and global shipping for years. Let all of your suppliers send products to ChinaDivison warehouse in Shenzhen, we will handle them centrally. As a tech-oriented company, ChinaDivision will record every shipped-in and shipped-out and update the data (including tracking numbers) on the easy-to-use user center.

 

How to automate the fulfillment ?

Install ChinaDivision eBay fulfillment software.

After deciding on every sourcing and order fulfillment details, it’s time to make the business run itself. Install ChinaDivision eBay fulfillment plug-in, the new paid eBay orders will be automatically synced to ChinaDivision fulfillment system, and we will take care of the rest. Just focus on your core business and try to make more sales.

Branding Tips for Sourcing from Alibaba

Brand upgrading service is a series of services provided by order fulfillment companies, its goal is to help the e-commerce sellers to brand. Branding is the way to make people recognize the products at a glance and distinguish them from other similar products, which is particularly significant for online business, it increases people’s trust in the store and makes them be willing to pay more for the products. But branding may be tricky for the sellers whose product source is Alibaba — There are so many cost-effective products on Alibaba, how to brand them ? The Alibaba sellers can sell the same products to your competitors, how to differentiate your own products? Here are some branding tips.

 

Branding Tips for Sourcing from Alibaba

 

Tip 1. Communicate with the suppliers to let them sell you no-logo products.

A good communication can help the seller come up with better brand strategy with lower budget. A lot of the suppliers on Alibaba are OEM(original equipment manufacturer), they are willing to sell the products themselves, no logo, no label, no brand. ChinaDivision can help the e-commerce sellers to communicate with the suppliers in Mandarin, get to know the services they can provide and get a good deal.

 

Tip 2. Print your logo on customized product packaging.

We all know how important product packaging is, it is the first thing a buyer lays his/her eyes on. Well-designed packaging impresses the consumers and brings a unique brand image. Establishing a unique brand image is a good brand strategy for new founded e-commerce stores, because people will buy the products just to show their differences. In fact, customizing product packaging can be easy, no need to personally seek and contact the package suppliers, sellers can just focus on having the logo and packages well-designed, ChinaDivision can take care of the rest.

 

Tip 3. Relabel the products.

For some kinds of products, relabeling is very easy, so the seller can have them done in the fulfillment center. Thanks to the optimized operations, ChinaDivision relabel service is very efficient and affordable.

 

Tip 4. Use ChinaDivision value-added services.

For the e-commerce sellers who come up with comprehensive brand strategies, ChinaDivision value-added service is a good choice. Just as its name implies, ChinaDivision value-added service can add the brand value to the products, it is a series of services including:

 

– Customized packaging. Don’t only print logos, design a complete appearance for your products, ChinaDivision will make it real.

Kitting & Assemble. Catalogs, leaflets, product samples, gifts, thank you cards, ChinaDivision helps you send gift packs to the buyers.

– Mark the company/brand name on the shipping labels. ChinaDivision is invisible for the consumers, the shipping label says the shipper is your company.

– Other required operations to suit the branding needs.

 

A good brand strategy protects you from suffering from price war with competitors. If you source products from Alibaba, it is a good idea to use ChinaDivision brand upgrading service, since the products are far away in China and you need to brand them and impress the consumers.

How to Choose Product Source from Alibaba and Taobao?

There are more products than you think are made in China. It is said that the only places where can achieve ”As long as you need, as long as I have” are Alibaba and Taobao. It seems a good idea to open an online store and source from Alibaba and Taobao. But there are so many products on them: good and bad, quality and lousy, magical and weird designed…Some of them will help you to become very successful Amazon seller, E-bay/Shopify store owner, and some of them, well, let’s say that’s the products you never want to sell to the buyers.

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Being an experienced third-party order fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision has shipping products sourced from Alibaba and Taobao to world-wide for years. These are the tips to choose good products source from Alibaba/Taobao in China.

 

Use Google translate and China local instant messaging software.

It may be frightening to see all the Chinese on 1688.com and Taobao.com, but you can find the regular patterns later. With the help of Google translate, you can translate the item name you need into Chinese and turn the item descriptions and parameters into English roughly. A lot of the sellers of Alibaba and Taobao can speak simple English, if they can’t, the communication can also get along with the help of translate software.

About China local instant messaging software, you can download and install QQ or WeChat to stay in touch with your supplier, since they are the most widely used IM software in China and they are both easy-to-use and have English versions.

Choose the item with as many detailed photos as possible.

Chinese sellers pay great attentions on item photos, some Taobao sellers are willing to pay a lot of money just for going abroad and taking photos. Don’t let the photos with pretty models and ingenious composition trick you, you need more detailed photos from different angles and light conditions. People who sell quality products are normally very eager to show their good materials, they will submit as many detailed photos as possible. The item with carefully repaired picture but no detailed photos are very suspicious, please choose this kind of products cautiously.

Place test orders.

After the primary selection of suppliers, you can make a list and contact the seller one by one. Ask them to send test products to you, some of the suppliers have “免费拿样” service, it means they will return the sample money if you buy from them again. The samples are just for you to look and touch the real products by yourself and decide to source from them or not.

Other than placing test orders for product samples, it is the time for you to test fulfillment partners as well. Since some of the Alibaba or Taobao sellers will not bother to send one or two samples to the overseas address, you can find a China local fulfillment company to ship the samples for you, this makes a good chance for you to test both the supplier and the third-party fulfillment partner. ChinaDivision gets a lot of test orders which usually send less than 10 products to the other end of the globe, our service will not be discounted because of the small shipping amount.

 

Cooperate with a third-party fulfillment company in China.

As I just said, you can place test order on both sourcing platforms and third-party fulfillment companies. If you are satisfied with the service ChinaDivision provides, you can develop a long term cooperation with us. Cooperating with a third-party fulfillment company in China such as ChinaDivision has multiple advantages:

We are more familiar with the custom policies or other real-time condition changes in China.

We can help you to contact the suppliers easier since we are both Chinese.

The labor and warehousing fees are cheaper in China.

Install fulfillment plug-in.

Once you establish your own store, no matter it’s on Amazon, e-bay, etsy or an independent website developed by Shopify, OpenCart, WordPress, you will get orders soon. ChinaDivision order fulfillment integration can help you sync the orders to the ChinaDivision system once someone place orders in your store, we will receive the new paid orders and fulfill for you. The fulfillment plug-in can actually makes the fulfillment process seamlessly.

We have already developed the fulfillment integration for Shopify, Woocommerce, OpenCart, Magento and Woocommerce, fulfillment plug-in for more platforms will be developed soon.

Sourcing From Alibaba? Make Importation Simpler by Using Sourcing Agents

With Alibaba being the biggest B2B marketplace in the world, and having millions of listings for suppliers to choose from; finding the product you are looking for is easy. The hard part is finding the right supplier amongst the many listed. Alibaba is based in China, the world’s leading manufacturer. Sourcing from China thus needs a trusted and efficient sourcing agent that simplifies order fulfillments and deliveries. Importing from China is an intricate process that involves a lot of paperwork and there being too many scammers, counterfeit products and middle men who want to take your money, you need to know how the safe ways of sourcing from Alibaba to avoid losing money.

Why Import from China?
The main reason is to benefit from the low manufacturing costs, this leads to lower prices on goods compared to most parts of the world. Suppliers in China are also open to work with small business and can offer competitive prices for small orders, this is because they are many suppliers and competition is high. Many products are also exclusively produced in China and one stop sourcing and shipping services like Alibaba have made it easy to navigate through finding suppliers.

However there are downsides too in sourcing from China, these include: customers perceiving that the products are of low quality thanks to some scam middlemen, importation and custom clearance problems, a longer shipping duration and little intellectual protection because some suppliers don’t respect patents.

You can bypass all these problems by outsourcing with reputable sourcing agents like ChinaDivison where all the trouble is taken off your shoulders because they take care of all importation aspects and save the customer time and money.

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sourcing from China

Guide to Sourcing from Alibaba
Being the largest e-commerce platform in the world, searching for a product leads to millions of results, this makes it hard for one to choose what is the best option; thus sourcing from China via Alibaba needs careful analysis. To get the best from Alibaba consider:

1. Contacting the supplier first
Talk to customer support about the product they offer and see if you can negotiate for a better price, in Chinese business culture everything is negotiable, use that to try get a better price. Once you have talked to different suppliers decide which suits your needs better. Ask for samples of the product to check for quality, get as many samples as possible before choosing because at times there might be newer models that haven’t yet been put up by the supplier or products that have been discontinued. When making contact; be a specific as possible, this way your supplier knows what you want and will not try to convince you to buy cheaper low quality products.

2. Find reviews about the supplier
Alibaba has a verification process for suppliers, and there will be verification badges on different products that should assure you that the product you are sourcing is of high quality. Visiting the factory yourself to verify is the best option if you are planning to place large orders. Alternatively you can pay for third party services that visit the factories on your behalf to verify the quality and the supplier. This helps in avoiding middle men who mostly will source for substandard quality products so that they can make big profit margins. Read reviews and research about the supplier; the best usually have a gold member status. Reviewing also tells the buyers if they are dealing directly with the manufacturer or a trading companies acting as middlemen. Trading companies usually have lower Minimum Trading Quantities (MOQ); if the buyer wants a large order, trading directly with the supplier will be cheaper.

3. Follow up and find the supplier’s product selection
If the product you are sourcing makes the bulk of the supplier’s catalog on Alibaba then chances are that you have a specialized supplier that will deliver quality. Keep constant communication and follow up to know more about the supplier and familiarize with their process.

4. What are the payment options?
There should be options like PayPal or Escrow with money back guarantees incase quality isn’t met and the product has to be returned. These two options are safer than wiring money or using Western Union which is a one way payment. The buyer should feel safe working with a supplier and many payment options are indications of a supplier that can be trusted. If the supplier insists that policy states that they only accept wiring money you are most likely being scammed.

Importing from Alibaba with China Sourcing Agents

As discussed earlier importing from China can be a lot of work. Finding the right agent to cater for all the sourcing from China needs is the key for having a smooth import process and timely deliveries that will save you on cost. Outsourcing importation to agents simplifies the task because they handle the process including legal services on the customer’s behalf.

Experienced importing agents like ChinaDivision simplify importation to a mere click, you create an account, create an online inventory with the help from the executives, then source for a product with the option of delegating to the agent and afterwards set up your inventory. Warehousing is offered free of charge for 30 days with affordable charges afterwards. When the product arrives it is checked against your order to confirm that the specifications are met and any discrepancies get reported so you can sort the issue with the supplier.

With agents the products need not be packed and shipped to you, you can receive orders from other customers and the agents will pick, pack and ship the products to your customers directly according to the specifications you give. These specifications include adding logos or notes on the products and this saves a lot on costs. What follows is the seller validating addresses and monitoring inventory.

Outsourcing importation from China to agents also sees them managing returns and minimizing inventory loss by ensuring proper handling and delivery while shipping.

Advantages of Importing though Sourcing Agents

* The customer is guaranteed saving on money and prompt delivery.
* workforce expenses are greatly reduced because products are sent directly to your customers.
* Returns are managed on the seller’s behalf.
* The seller can do business without physically handling any product, Warehousing costs are also greatly reduced.

Sourcing from Alibaba and importing from China therefore should never be a worry, partnering with dedicated importing agents; any online business can expand into new markets. The world is a global village now and geographical boundaries shouldn’t be barriers into accessing new markets. Sourcing from Alibaba is a good venture for affiliates who want to run their own business. No order is too small or too large because the agents have large warehouses and advanced warehouse management systems that guarantee smooth control of the importation process.

China’s Leading Sourcing Agent – ChinaDivision

In recent years, China’s economy has been booming and this can be attributed to the huge business opportunities available. Merchants and businesses alike, have realized major profits from importing and reselling cheaply sourced goods from the great Republic. Unlike before where you had to personally travel, E-commerce and the internet generally, has made it much easier to amass wealth without having to do much. However, it is not that easy and the processes can be time consuming to busy businessmen. This is the major impediment while sourcing from China by yourself besides the obvious ones mainly language barrier issues while negotiating. Fret not though; such occurrences can be easily avoided by working smart and using the right channels for order fulfillment – one word; ChinaDivision.

It is of paramount importance to note that the cultural barriers besides the language barrier concerns mentioned can potentially stall your business operations if not careful. Simple procedures such as finding the perfect wholesaler with quality products to negotiating the right price that suits your budget can take a while – the main reason why most importers use agents while sourcing from China. Therefore, using a China sourcing agent to import goods would certainly be in your best interest as a merchant or business and below, are a number of valid reasons as to why this is so.

Import Goods from China - ChinaDivision
Import Goods from China – ChinaDivision

How to Import Products from China Timely:

Sourcing from China is a trend that has been on an upward trajectory in recent times, thus explaining the rising number of sourcing agents in the Republic. However, finding a reliable, low cost country sourcing agent such as ChinaDivision can be quite an uphill task. Essentially, you will have to find an agent that fully understands your needs and more importantly deliver on time. Lately, ChinaDivision has been creating the entire buzz in business circles as the most popular sourcing agent – a fact that can be attributed to the company’s ability to cater to the client’s specifications and attention to detail.

Over the years, the company has amassed a wealth of experience, creating an expansive portfolio in the process in the fields of warehouse management, E-commerce fulfillment, products management and order processing. In short, ChinaDivision works at ensuring your products are picked (as per the client’s quality standards), packed (with a printed logo on the packaging if requested), and shipped safely. With this said, what exactly are the benefits of sourcing from China using ChinaDivison as an agent?

Import Goods from China Leading Sourcing Agent - ChinaDivision

Why Use ChinaDivision as a Sourcing Agent? – Disadvantages of Sourcing Yourself:

Time Efficiency – as stated above, sourcing goods yourself can be quite challenging in regards to the time spent finding quality products and negotiating for the best price. Therefore, by allowing the leading sourcing agent to handle your order fulfillment, you have more time on your hands to focus on other business related issues concerning your organization as the company quickly sources the required products for you in due time. Also, the company is located in Shen Zen which is in close proximity to Hong Kong – the international parcel processing hub meaning the transit time is immensely minimized for an enhanced user experience.

Cheaper – sourcing products yourself can be quite costly mainly because you do not enough time to find the cheapest wholesaler, neither understand the Chinese way of doing business – but not with ChinaDivision as your agent. Not only does the company have expert Chinese negotiators, but also are enlightened on the Chinese culture thus enabling them to hold extensive negotiations on your behalf. Apart from the agent’s volume discounts for both international and domestic shipping (demurrage fee), clients get free warehouse storage for a whooping 30 days and very low charges thereafter which can be negotiated. That’s not all, the simplified logistical processes enhanced by the firm’s extensive international network not only makes order fulfillment easier, but also much cheaper considering the fact that you can store your inventory anywhere within ChinaDivision’s numerous warehouses (why then do you need a warehouse team?)

Quality control – you have built your company’s reputation from scratch through hard work over the years, why then let it be ruined over fake or low-quality products? By sourcing the goods yourself, you remain prone to quality issues. China’s leading sourcing agent thrives in improving customer service by not only ensuring that your products are of the expected quality standards, but also by enhancing order fulfillment on time to improve service delivery thus maximizing on profits. Missing delivery deadlines can greatly damage your reputation as a merchant thus in your best interest to let experts handle your orders.

All said making use of the infrastructure lay down by the company while sourcing from China can greatly improve your business model, save costs and allow room for growth. For more information on how to get the best sourcing services in China, contact the warm customer service staff to get an insight.

Tips on How to Import Goods from China Successfully with ChinaDivision

ChinaDivision is a shipping & logistics company specializing in importation of goods from China to both North America and Europe. We’ll fulfill all orders on your behalf so that you can rest easy and focus on what’s more important for the business, that being market expansion and outreach.

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Import Goods from China

How it works:

The company uses cutting-edge technology to streamline such processes like fulfillment, delivery, and returns. Meaning you can now start shipping items to new markets hassle-free at just a single click of the button. Below are the steps you should take.

I. Visit our website and contact a business development officer to review the products, target market, inventory needs and other necessary factors that come to play.

II. The next stage is sourcing which can be done either by yourself or with help from our experts, which is highly recommended. We are your 1-stop solution for all sourcing & manufacturing needs.

III. Setting up inventory. It involves tasks such as receiving products, retaining merchandise samples and stock control which all require strict attention to detail. Our qualified warehouse team, in conjunction with custom Warehouse Management Systems will handle all the procedures and help manage your inventory internationally in real-time.

IV. Picking, Packaging, and Shipping. Before making the orders public, a personal account manager and representative from our development team will help in processing to ensure that all systems have been fully-integrated and are operational. After the preliminary testing phase is done, you can now proceed forth with shipping.

V. Managing Shipments and Inventory. Handling logistics the correct way often takes time and resources, but luckily on how to import from China ChinaDivision has a global logistics infrastructure which makes meeting international orders easier.

VI. Returns. In cases where making a return is necessary, just contact one of our experts to review the products, inventory needs, overall target market and answer any questions you might be having.

Services on offer

a) Inventory management. We have the facilities to keep all your stock inventory at our warehouses, and when sourcing from China ChinaDivision shall pick, pack & ship the items within just a few minutes. This process also includes receiving incoming products, retaining QA merchandise samples and rotating stock with maximum attention to detail.

b) Growth management. Even when expanding portfolio, you can still take advantage of ChinaDivision’s immense infrastructure and save costs as well as time needed to implement new systems or services to your business. For instance, if orders aren’t going out within 24hrs after receiving them then chances are that you’re missing out on delivery deadlines. Let experts from our company take control of the fulfillment process and help manage your growing business expertly. Similarly, we can outsource our staff if those working with you are already overstretched. This helps in preventing cases of incorrect orders, revenue loss and frustrated customers that may occur due to an overstretched workforce. Remember that poor operations can have negative impact on your brand, and that’s why ChinaDivision is ready to help build back brand loyalty by improving the customer experience.

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Factors that make ChinaDivision stand out from the rest

a) Every procurement process is automatically synchronized, you only need to log into our software to perform tasks. They also have great Enterprise features such as CRM, ERP, Analytics and so on. These offer a complete 2-way synchronization system between marketplaces that allow selling of Chinese products online.

b) Staff members are professional, caring and ready to work with all types of customers. Moreover, they have a strong policy on insurance and customers are given full ownership of case during the purchase process.

c) Items are sent out carefully packaged to minimize chances of breakage during delivery, plus orders are fulfilled fast and usually take less than a week to meet. Fragile items will be kept separately from others with an additional layer of protection to avoid hard-surface contact during transportation.

In summary, as the No.1 China sourcing agent ChinaDivision promises to give you the level of support that only a dedicated order fulfillment center can provide. Likewise, the center is ready to customize shipping labels as well as packaging slips to showcase your firm’s profile info & logo. Very few shipping logistics companies allow their customers to do this, but we offer such services because our clients are special to us. During peak holiday season when there are excess orders to be met, we can work overtime just to ensure they are completed.