The product niche of pet toys is extremely large, so Kanary makes sure we know exactly what you need and why. We may also make specific recommendations to you, like material options, packaging, or additional products that may partner well with what you need. Once we have a firm plan of exactly what we will source, we begin the supplier search.
When Kanary begins our supplier search, we start with 30-50 potential factory selections. Then, we narrow down choices based on how well those options fit your needs, including pricing, lead times, production capacity, experience, and general quality. When we've narrowed down the choices to around 3-5, our team begins a more thorough vetting process.
Samples are crucial to vetting a pet toy supplier, so Kanary takes time to order, schedule, and evaluate samples with clients. We also perform in-person factory inspections, confirm quality control in place, and we make sure that the factory can produce pet toys with certifications to ensure that the toys are safe for your pets. When our vetting is complete, we consult with clients to make the best factory selection.
When mass production begins, Kanary continues to manage the sourcing process. We stay in contact with factory managers, quickly responding to production issues as they arise. Our team enforces quality control protocols, and we make sure to store products safely as they are completed until your entire order is complete.
During production, Kanary books shipping containers and sea freight shipping on your behalf. We also supervise shipping once orders are in route, and our team tells you what paperwork to have prepared for clearing customs. Kanary remains available to help navigate customs delays as they arise, and we connect you with domestic freight partners once products clear customs.
Kanary monitors delivery of your pet toys until they reach their final destination. If there are any issues with your order, we continue to act as a liaison between you and the factory to resolve any problems that may be present.
Buying wholesale pet toys directly from a manufacturer is a great way to get the best price on products, but it's easier said than done. While these steps will vary depending on what product you're sourcing (as well as how you are delivering products to a supplier), here are some general steps you can follow on how to buy wholesale pet products:
If you are familiar with finding, vetting, and negotiating with factories directly, then a sourcing specialist, like Kanary, may be an excellent resource for you.
While there are a lot of platforms where you can find pet toy suppliers (like Alibaba), finding a supplier you can trust is a bit of a different task. You need to be prepared to vet suppliers once you find potential options, and there's a few tips you should follow:
Yes, it is safe to buy dog toys from China, as long as you have performed your due diligence in finding a factory. It's a myth that you can't trust China manufacturing at all, but there are a lot of factories that:
If you don't think you can hold factories accountable to meet your level of expected quality, then you should partner with a sourcing specialist who can, like Kanary.
The best way to buy wholesale cat toys is to partner directly with a factory. However, finding a factory is easier said than done, and there's a few ways to find suppliers:
Buying wholesale pet toys from China is similar to connecting with a domestic factory, though there are some unique challenges and a few extra steps to consider:
Once you sign a contract, you can begin mass production. When your order is complete, you'll have to ship your products overseas (usually via sea freight shipping), and you'll have to make sure your order successfully passes customs. Generally, businesses new to buying large volume orders from China will partner with a sourcing agent, like Kanary, to manage the process on their behalf.
Since there aren't any specific regulations to pet products in the U.S., the most common factor that will cause custom problems is not having the appropriate paperwork. You should have the required paperwork completed well in advance of your orders arriving at customs, and you should not rely on your supplier to handle the paperwork on your behalf.
There are no specific safety regulations regarding the importation of pet toys, but that doesn't mean you should willingly sell unsafe toys. Today's pet owners care deeply about their pets, and a product that proves unsafe can crater your entire brand. Most successful pet supply brands have their own internal safety measures to make sure their products are safe.
If you aren't sure how to make products safe, you should partner with a 3rd partner that can find a trustworthy factory and a partner that can enforce quality control protocols, like Kanary.
What you look for in a wholesale dog supplier will somewhat vary depending on what specific kind of service you're looking for. If you are looking for a factory that sells products for white labeling services, you should:
If you are unsure of your ability to do any of the above, you may want to consider a sourcing specialist, like Kanary, to take the reins of finding, vetting, and managing factory partners.
You do not have to use sea freight shipping. Many of our clients are ecommerce businesses and are interested in non-traditional fulfillment methods. One of the fulfillment strategies that our clients often use is direct from China fulfillment, which is managed by our trusted fulfillment partner, EcommOps.
In this strategy, products are sent straight from China factories to a China fulfillment warehouse, where customer orders are fulfilled. This cuts out sea freight shipping entirely, and while the price per unit is sometimes higher, the simplicity and flexibility this strategy provides is extremely appealing. Many of our clients incorporate both China fulfillment and traditional sea freight shipping into their overall supply chain strategy.
Catnip toys bought in China can be safe if sourced from a reputable supplier. Kanary specializes in making sure any product bought from China, including cat toys, are trusted and safe. If you aren't confident in your ability to vet suppliers and make sure that pet toys you order from China meet your quality expectations, we would love to connect and see how we can work for you!