When you buy from China, you need to know what steps to take and when to take them. You need to put in the effort to find trustworthy suppliers, to have a full grasp of the manufacturing process, and to understand shipping logistics, customs clearance, and delivery.
You could have a fantastic product and world-class shipping logistics, but it won't mean anything if you're working with a low-quality supplier. You can find suppliers on platforms like Alibaba, but the easiest way to know your supplier is trustworthy is through a business referral or through the recommendation of a sourcing agent, like Kanary.
It's possible to vet suppliers yourself, but it requires time and patience. Be sure to request samples, take note if suppliers are unwilling or unable to answer questions, and don't be afraid to restart the search process if a supplier isn't up to your standards.
After you find a supplier, you need to focus on getting your product made. Your supplier needs clear, understandable expectations for what you want out of your product, and your business should be prepared to conduct some kind of quality control. A physical presence at the factory is the only way to guarantee quality control, which is an included service Kanary provides.
If you can't physically be at the factory, ask your supplier for regular photos and videos of the production process. They should show you finished products, whether or not products are palletized and properly stored, and evidence that your manufacturing instructions are being followed.
Even after you get a quality product manufactured, you still need to import it cost-effectively. That requires intense logistical planning from the factory and any temporary storage to the port, tracking deliveries while they're in transit, and making sure you have the appropriate documents and paperwork to pass customs.
Lowering costs is front and center for any business, and buying from China offers a unique opportunity to decrease expenses while scaling. General production, labor, and assembly costs are all dramatically lower in China. Buying overseas may feel intimidating, but partnering with someone like Kanary can make it easy and highly profitable.
Costs can delay scaling, but long timeframes can put a damper on exciting growth. The manufacturing industry in China is well-developed and equipped to help a variety of different businesses quickly and easily scale. Having an inside connection like Kanary makes it easy to find the right factory partner to accelerate sustainable business scaling.
Your business won't be pigeon-holed into a limited product selection. Manufacturers in China are often experienced with customizing existing products to fit your specific needs, and certain factories can help develop unique product prototypes. Kanary has a deep understanding of what factories specialize in specific product customizations, making it easy to find the perfect match.
Language and culture barriers present challenges to businesses looking to China manufacturing for the first time. Not sharing a common language will make negotiations difficult and can cause problems with communicating product specifications or customizations.
Kanary has bilingual experts to ensure that negotiations are precise and that product needs are delivered clearly.
Businesses will face the temptation to seek the factory that offers the lowest price, but this is often a huge mistake. Budget manufacturers often lack professionalism and have longer lead times. Budget factories may be located in a region that dramatically increases shipping costs, which will wash away any savings without adding any benefits.
Kanary can help you negotiate the best price for your business without sacrificing professionalism or a high-quality end product.
Even if you find a reliable manufacturer, starting mass production before seeing samples is a common, and costly, mistake. Your product could have design flaws or problems, and your manufacturer may make mistakes in following your parameters. The sampling process offers proof that your design works and that the factory understands your specifications.
Kanary knows how to expedite the sampling process to make sure the factory is ready for mass production without wasting unnecessary time with communication issues or shipping delays around your samples.