When looking for a supplier, it can be quite challenging to pick the one that will work best with your company and deliver qualities that you expect of a supplier. Price, Product quality, reliability, availability and customer service are all important factors in identifying a good supplier.
A supplier having a solid reputation is good indication of willingness to work with you. To research a suppliers reputation you can look at reviews, feedback, references or testimonials and company credit checks.
Below, I am going to give 5 points to look into when looking for a suitable supplier:
The location of the supplier is pretty important, not only to keep shipping costs down but to be able to supply within the timeframe required. Being on top of shipping costs and picking a supplier that is within you desired shipping budget will enable you to keep costs as low as you need and in the long run will encourage higher net profits. As well, you need suppliers that will supply your product as soon as possible. A timeframe I suggest to keep your customers waiting at absolute max is 2 weeks. However, ideally you need to be within competition and keep up with fast delivery times.
When your goods are on the line, it’s crucial that you’re working with someone who can take responsibility for their actions and actively work to fix any problems that occur. A supplier that won’t own up to their own mistakes can deter your ability to meet deadlines and product requirements. Look for signs of accountability in a supplier early on in your relationship.
A good supplier should be able to consistently manufacture a product that meets your expectations. Without having the necessary procedures and skilled staff at the factory, your supplier is going to fall short of meeting your standards. Many suppliers will tell you they can supply the products you need. But a truly good supplier will allow you to verify claims by visiting or auditing the factory.
A good supplier will allow you to request a product sample to approve before moving ahead with mass production, you can get an idea of whether the factory can meet your product requirements. You can also send the sample to a lab for testing to confirm product standards. Being able to get a sample will allow you to know that what you are sending customers is exactly how you want things to be.
You’ll benefit from working with a supplier with good communication skills. Language and cultural barriers can present real challenges so effective communication can prevent a variety of problems. Open and direct communication is one aspect of a good supplier. They know that you may have made commitments to your own customers, and it doesn’t help to keep you uninformed about a bad situation. If there’s a change, they tell you upfront. If they need clarification about your requirements, they ask for it.
Some quick tips when working with a supply:
•Know and understand their hours of business, their insurance and liability structure, and their returns or damage policy.
•Good suppliers will be compliant with regulations and systems.
•Have other suppliers so that if needed you may purchase from them if your chosen supplier is unable to deliver for some reason.
•Check if you can brand the products to make it your own.
•Working with suppliers is a long term commitment – build a strong stable relationship to get the best out of each other.
•Never forgot that you are the authority, not the suppliers.
Here are 30 different suppliers:
1 – AliExpress .com– One of the better ones out there that most marketers are using. The only downside is that their shipping can be extremely slow.
2 – DX .com– A.K.A. Deal Extreme has been around for many years and has some amazing products that you could sell with great margins.
3 – WholesaleCentral .com– One of the most comprehensive list of free drop shippers which you could find in virtually any niche. They are also free.
4 – FragranceNet – This is a great source if you are looking to sell perfumes and fragrances.
5 – Vitabase– A great source to supply vitamins for skin, health and beauty drop shipped products.
6 – DressLink .com– A great source if you plan on selling dresses with amazing margins.
7 – Tiny Deal – Similar to DX but you could find unique products as well.
8 – Milanoo– A great supplier of wedding dresses, prom dresses.
9 – Dino Direct – Another awesome source for electronic products and gadgets.
10 – DHGate– Similar to many other Chinese suppliers but worth taking a look at for some hidden deals.
11 – TMart– Another great source for gadgets and gifts.
12 – Geek Buying – A great source for geek / nerdy gadgets and technology.
13 – Lovely Wholesale – An awesome source to find unique dresses and fashion designs.
14 – China Vision – An awesome source for cheap electronics and gadgets.
15 – Hinky Import – A unique niche drop shipper for Tibetan Jewelry and Buddha products.
16 – Focal Price – This site has been around for a long time and great for gadgets and gifts.
17 – Sammy Dress – One of the better dropship suppliers for unique clothing with a huge variety and HD graphics.
18 – Rose Beading – A great source for Jewelry making products.
19 – Buy Fengshui – A large variety of Fengshui products available for drop shipping.
20 – Born Pretty – A great source to sell beauty and nail products.
21 – Au Fragrances Of Paris – This has been around for a very long time and you could easily get to the owner to request drop shipping services.
22 – Honest Green – A supplier of green and solar energy products.
23 – Complete Medical – over 12,000 medical products available to dropship.
24 – Cutting Edge Products – A large variety of home security.
25 – First Aid Product – A supplier of survival, first aid and disaster relief kits.
26 – Wholesale Survival Kits – A great source for survival kits and food storage.
27 – Hobby Tron – A large variety of hobby related products available for dropship.
28 – Pet Stores USA – A supplier of pet products and over 2500 branded items. You will need to request for drop shipping access for this supplier.
29 – Wholesale Hub – Similar to Wholesale Central where they have a list of drop shipping and wholesale suppliers.
30 – Dollar Days – A huge list of dollar items which you could easily sell on your stores.