What are you looking for in China?
Posted by: Omnitech (IP Logged)
Date: August 18, 2012 12:52AM
The importers have different needs. Not all buyers are looking for the same thing when they come in China. Some need a very low price, and don’t really care about quality as long as they don’t receive garbage. Some others want very good workmanship and finishing, but don’t really care about packaging.
A useful framework is to make a list of your “order qualifiers” (the needs a supplier MUST fulfill to be considered) and your “order winners” (the other criteria that might not be indispensable but that are somewhat valued).
Ability to make woven men shirts
A level of quality slightly higher than the average product found in European supermarkets, but lower than in boutiques
Experience in selling to European importers
A Production lead time of 40 days
At least one English-speaking salesperson located in the factory
Good level of understanding of the designer’s expectations
General respect of deadlines and open communication regarding production status
If I take 10 random purchasers on a trade show in Hong Kong and I list their needs as described above, I will probably come up with 10 different profiles.
Every importer is best to define what he is looking for, before he starts contacting potential suppliers. It will help focus and sharpen his/her sourcing efforts.
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