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How to Find a Supplier for the Product You Want To Import

To find suppliers of the product you want to import, you’ll need to consult some specialized online resources. These four are a good start: Alibaba, Global Sources, ThomasNet, and Kompass. If you contact the U.S. Embassy in the country you are interested in importing from, they might be able to help as well. When you travel internationally, provided you set aside time to do a little shopping, you can always stumble upon a product you like and find out who the manufacturer is (look on... Read More

How to Select a Product to Import

What gives you the most fulfillment as a businessperson? Is it creating value by meeting consumer demands? Is it the challenge of spotting a trend, positioning yourself to take advantage of it, and striking it rich? Or is it the chance to spend your time dealing with a commodity you love? You have two viable reasons for choosing a product to import: Because you know it will sell. Because you like it. Let’s consider both alternatives. Select a Product That Sells Start with a product that you... Read More

How to Develop and Price a New Product for the Global Marketplace

Have a new product idea that shocked the world? what are you waiting for? When developing and pricing new products overseas, the first step should be to check whether similar products already exist on the market and what the prices are. If there are similar products, check out how to differentiate your ideas and use the prices of competing products as a starting point. This is needed to bring products to market and price them fairly.Let me first sketch that many people sourcing... Read More

Request for Proposal (RFP) and for Quotation (RFQ)

Now that you have analyzed your business requirements and completed your vendor search, you are ready to start the meat-and-potatoes of the vendor selection process. A well-written Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quotation (RFQ) is the key for selecting the best vendor at the best value for your company. Writing a RFP or RFQ is not difficult if you understand the objectives and function of the document.Decide: Request for Proposal or Request for Quotation Request for Proposal... Read More

6 Step Vendor Selection Process

The vendor selection process can be a very complicated and emotional undertaking if you don’t know how to approach it from the very start. Here are five steps to help you select the right vendor for your business. This guide will show you how to analyze your business requirements, search for prospective vendors, lead the team in selecting the winning vendor and provide you with insight on contract negotiations and avoid negotiation mistakes.Analyze the Business Requirements Before you... Read More

Introduction to Outsourcing

Outsourcing has seen a lot of press over the years. Some look to outsourcing as the savior of their company, while others see outsourcing as an evil, job-killing management tactic. Before you start to evaluate if an outsourcing strategy is right for your company, you need to understand what it is and what it is not. Outsourcing Defined Outsourcing is the contracting out of any task, operation, job or process that was originally performed by employees within your company to a third party for a... Read More

Things to Know Before Starting an Import/Export Business

I hope I am not dreaming. I heard you have a great product ready to import or export, now all you need to do is get it in the hands of a few good customers, and you are off to international trade nirvana. Wait, not so fast. How do you know the product will sell? Will you make money selling it? How should you price the product? All importers and exporters must face these questions at some point if they want to achieve success in the global marketplace.Here are a few solutions to guide you in... Read More

Quality In The Purchasing Process – Optimized Supply Chain Impact

Introduction Quality is an important part of the supply chain, whether it is quality inspections during the manufacturing process, quality checks before goods arrive at the customer, or checking the quality as raw materials and parts enter the factory. Before any part or raw material is used in a manufacturer of a finished good that will be delivered to a customer, it is the responsibility of the purchasing department to ensure that the materials that arrive are of the correct quality... Read More

Learn Some Great Ways to Save Money Importing

Got a great product idea? Then get ready to source and import it. The whole point of importing is to broaden your selection of suppliers worldwide, lower prices and increase profit margins, all part of a global strategy to become a competitive force in the marketplace. Let’s take a look at how to do that. Order It on the Cheap. Let’s say you ask a United States manufacturer to make hammers for you to complement your already existing line of hardware products; they cost $1/unit... Read More

How to Source Products from Overseas

Globalization and the internet have made sourcing products from overseas more accessible than ever before. The ability to get access to products at significantly lower prices has made sourcing a very appealing option for many businesses. Small and large businesses alike are utilizing web resources to gain access to vendors that were once out of reach.However, sourcing products overseas may seem like an overwhelming task for those who have never done it... Read More