Before we begin our search, Kanary determines the specific kind of pet products you need, as well as adjacent products that may be a good fit. Suppliers in China often specialize in niche product categories, so a factory that makes great feeding bowls may not make great pet carriers. We always take the time to make sure we know exactly what you need.
Next, Kanary begins the supplier search for your specific pet product. Our search involves considering 30-50 potential suppliers, including suppliers that we have worked with before and have proven to be excellent partners. Our team narrows down the field of candidates based on lead times, pricing, quality, and overall fit for your specific product.
When we have 3-5 highly-qualified candidates, Kanary begins the sampling phase. This is crucially important for pet products, as it not only gives an opportunity to refine products before mass production begins, but it also shows us that the suppliers are capable of creating products that are safe for pets. Kanary handles scheduling and shipment of all samples.
Kanary also inspects potential factories, which shows us the quality control standards that are currently being followed and the safety levels of products made during mass production. Kanary has a physical presence in China, and our team personally inspects factories. When we find a supplier that meets our standards and your needs, mass production begins.
After mass production begins, Kanary continues to monitor quality control. Our team is in place to notice production problems early and resolve those problems with factory managers or owners. If any certifications are necessary for certain products in your target market, Kanary makes sure that your supplier is appropriately vetted and has the needed requirements.
When production is complete, Kanary can help with a variety of different shipping options, including:
If choosing consolidated shipping or standard sea freight shipping, Kanary assists with gathering customs documentation, and helping to navigate customs delays as they arise.
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Yes, as long as you source your pet supplies for a trusted, reputable factory. It's a common misconception that all China manufacturing is low-quality or unsafe. It's possible to get bad products, but that's because businesses partner with a bad factory (or they partner with a good factory that is bad at making what the business needs).
Kanary has made it a business to connect serious businesses with high-quality suppliers in China, and our customers are amazed at the quality results. If you're new to finding factories in China, or you've been unsuccessful in the past, Kanary would love to partner with you and make working with China factories a success.
Alibaba is the world's largest B2B platform, allowing businesses to connect with factories in China to source products. It's possible to find pet supply factories on Alibaba (in fact, Kanary often uses Alibaba to search for new suppliers). However, the difficulty is wading through the vast number of choices to find a supplier you can trust.
For pet supplies, it can be a challenge for inexperienced businesses to use Alibaba to find a supplier that's a good fit. If you're prepared to make a substantial investment in a bulk order, we recommend partnering with a sourcing specialist, like Kanary
Yes! We know how to find suppliers who have the engineering capacity (as well as the communication skills), to source premium grooming products for your brand.
Selling pet supplies is traditionally a profitable niche, but whether or not you're successful is based on all kinds of different factors. You need to consider your specific market, the need for your specific product, and how you establish and build your brand.
You also need to consider the cost of your products, which includes production and shipping costs. Many businesses choose to partner with Kanary because we can help find excellent suppliers that can make products worth building a brand around at a price that allows for appropriate scaling and growth.
Yes! As we've mentioned, it's a myth that American-made products are inherently superior to China-made products. The problem is that the manufacturing industry in China is so large and so developed, there are a lot of bad choices. The good news is that there are a lot of good choices, too.
The good suppliers can be hard to find, and if that describes your situation, we encourage you to reach out to us! Kanary specializes in sourcing any product from China (including pet supplies), and we can make sure you get connected with a supplier you love without the hassle of searching on your own.
You don't have to use a sourcing specialist like Kanary to find a pet supply product supplier. There's a few methods you can use to track down a factory, though including:
You need to take your time when you buy direct from China to avoid costly mistakes, and if you aren't sure that you have the time and resources required to find a factory successfully, consider partnering with Kanary to help you with your sourcing needs.
While Kanary can help source products for any store, our target audience are established businesses. If you're a new business testing a new product, it may not be worth it to go through the sourcing process and bulk order products. You may want to consider testing products through AliExpress or another dropshipping platform first.