Supplier Credibility Evaluation

Guarantee Your China Supplier Is Credible

It can be hard to guarantee that your choice in a China supplier is credible, and the last thing you want is to make a large volume order with a supplier that is going to overcharge and under-deliver. Kanary are the experts at supplier credibility evaluation, and we can make sure that your chosen supplier is one that you can trust.

Our team performs a deep-dive into your supplier, performing due diligence research (including seeing how long a supplier has been in business and how they compare to competitors), and conducting on-site factory visits to guarantee supplier quality.

Supplier Credibility Evaluation Process

Supplier Due Diligence

Our due diligence research is extensive, providing a clear, transparent view of your chosen supplier. Kanary's due diligence research includes:

  • Where the supplier is located, and what other suppliers in the same area specialize in
  • How long they've been in business
  • What markets the supplier has sold in
  • Staff size, composition, and general communication skills
  • Production capacity
  • How the supplier compares to competitors
  • Quality control systems in place

Competitor and Industry Analysis

Kanary will research other competing suppliers to see how they compare to your supplier choice. We make sure that you're getting a fair deal, and if we find a competing supplier that would be better suited for your production needs, we can help you connect. Our experts will visit competitor suppliers, in-person, to see how they compare to your supplier choice.

Onsite Factory Visits

Kanary visits the supplier in-person for a thorough inspection. Our experts take pictures and videos for your review, take note of other products currently being made, and visit with a factory stakeholder (usually a head manager or factory owner), which gives us unique insight into their credibility.

Analyzing Supplier's Manufacturing Process

During our onsite visits, Kanary will take a close look at the manufacturing process the supplier uses. We make sure the supplier isn't cutting corners, is using standard manufacturing processes, has proper quality control procedures in place, and is producing an end-product that is high-quality. 

Approving Supplier Credibility

After our extensive research into a supplier, Kanary will either approve supplier credibility, or we will recommend another supplier for you to work with. Reasons we may recommend another supplier can include:

  • The supplier is a trade company posing as a factory
  • The supplier is too inexperienced for the product you're sourcing
  • There are significant quality control problems that the supplier is unable, or unwilling, to address

supplier credibility Evaluation Fees

Kanary purchase planning fees are charged hourly, and our clients can choose what specific purchase planning services they need Kanary to perform. For example, your business may only need Kanary to organize and analyze past invoices to determine what to purchase next, while other businesses may need Kanary to use that data to create a long-term forecasting model, as well as to be told exactly when they should make their next purchase. 

Tell Kanary what specific procurement or purchase planning services you need, and we'll take care of the rest. 

Kanary: Guaranteeing Supplier Credibility

Kanary has verified dozens of China suppliers for clients, investing the time and resources to guarantee that factories are credible. If you want the comfort of knowing for sure that you can trust your China supplier, Kanary can make it happen! You can fill out our online form, or you can call us directly at 305-735-1646. Our experts will get as much information from you as possible, and will develop a supplier evaluation plan catered specifically to your needs. 

Words from our clients

I’ve been in this industry for a long time and I was surprised that Kanary was able to help find us machines for a 1/3 of the cost compared with US and European manufacturers. What I really enjoy with Kanary is that they constantly keep me in the loop and get back to me almost instantaneously. What’s also great is that they kept me in the loop with the shipping, customs clearance, delivery, and also arrange travels for engineers from the factory to install our equipment.  The quality has been outstanding and I’m in the process of building out a new facility with them.
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I’ve been in the construction industry for over 30 years. We’ve always bought from US distributors. I reached out to Kanary out of curiosity to see if we could find similar construction materials of high quality. I did not think they were going to make much progress and so I was shocked when they found the exact manufacturer that my distributors have been buying from within 2 weeks. They were able to make contact and have the factory send me samples within a week.  By connecting directly with the factory, we’re looking at savings of over 30%.
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We’ve done quite a few different packaging projects with Kanary in the past (Child-resistant packaging, glass jars, plastic bags, shipper boxes, etc.). We sent AI files to Kanary, who then worked directly with the factory's design team to make prototypes of the packaging. Our in-house designer is very particular about our designs and Kanary was really flexible and worked with us when our designers wanted to make changes in the packaging development process. They were able to manufacture different prototypes at different price points, which gave us options when making our final decision.
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supplier credibility evaluation FAQs

How do you verify a China supplier or factory?

There are several ways you can verify a China supplier. The steps that Kanary takes to do so include:
  • Verifying documentation, including business licenses and bank account certificates
  • Performing Physical examinations of factories
  • Interviewing suppliers via phone call and checking references, when applicable
  • Supervising a robust sampling process

How do you find a supplier in China?

Finding a supplier in China requires businesses to take time to perform the required due diligence to land on a quality option. If you're new to looking for a China supplier, consider some of these basic steps:
  • Spend time collecting a large amount of potential supplier options (for example, Kanary will create a list of 30-50 supplier options that could potentially be a good fit)
  • Narrow down selections based on production experience, communication ability, and lead times
  • Once the list has been narrowed down to 3-5 options, request samples and schedule a factory tour
  • Base your final choice on sample quality, factory conditions, final pricing, and communication ability

What are the biggest issues with having a China supplier?

Many businesses are surprised to hear that outright fraud is extremely rare in China and that there are an enormous number of high-quality suppliers to choose from. The biggest issues are instead:
  • Communication: The language barrier can be a huge issue when you have a China supplier. While some suppliers have English support, many excellent suppliers do not. This is why many businesses look to a third party (like Kanary) to help resolve the language barrier.
  • Shipping and Fulfillment: If your supplier is in China, you have to figure out how to get products to your business or local fulfillment center. Many ecommerce businesses opt to utilize direct-to-customer China fulfillment, which our preferred fulfillment partner, EcommOps, specializes in.
  • Production supervision: Many businesses don't have the resources or expertise to physically be present at the factory to supervise production. This is an important part of quality control, which is why Kanary makes it a priority to physically supervise production at China factories. 

How important is it to verify a China supplier before beginning mass production?

It is extremely important to verify a supplier before beginning mass production. Businesses must make sure that:
  • They aren't participating in a fraud scheme
  • They are working with a real factory and not a trade company
  • The factory has a history of producing high-quality products
  • The factory has the engineering capacity to make the exact products that are needed

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