3. Where to find sock manufacturers in China
So, first and foremost, how could a foreign retailer, as you are, find Chinese manufacturers? Normally, there are several major practices available to search for potential manufacturers.
a. Browsing Online E-Commerce Platform
The first one is to browse the sellers on the e-commerce platform, such as Alibaba and AliExpress. A click of these websites would express you with a lot of online retailing stores. Instant online chat would enable you to find more information of them, e.g. MOQ, quotation, paying, credit etc.
Some of the merits:
- Easy access: search and filter based on your requirements.
- Fast search: quickly find suppliers’ product offerings and contact information
- Trustworthy: the manufacturers on these E-Commerce platforms are generally inspected and their credit is supervised.
b. Searching on Google
The second choice is to search for some welcomed factories or self-running websites on Google. Generally, these companies would run their own websites as it does bring some practical and exclusive benefits. Specifically, it would be elaborated as below.
- Choose the right search phrases
The very key part to execute this searching is to input the right keywords on the search bar. Keywords could be varies based on your individualized needs. This could be as followed: sock manufacturer, custom sock manufacturer, wholesale socks manufacturer, Chinese sock manufacturer, and private label socks. Do remember, what the keywords you have inputted would have a direct influence on the searching results. So, be serious about the keywords.
- Preliminary Inspect the Results
With the keywords in position, some of the equivalent websites and companies would be shown. This step is gonna assist you to choose a comparatively more eligible one. Say your keywords is Socks Manufacturers, the searching results would be as below:
The ranking of the results should be carefully treated as generally the higher the ranking, the more reliable the company could be. As for the reason, the ranking is determined by the frequency of visit and search. Of course, some self-running websites could also appear for your choice. These websites normally have their own online Q&A. You may consult any questions as long the topic related.
- Check Past Business Partners and Certificates
Also, it is convenient for you to see their past business partners and certificates etc. From their official websites. All of these are going to delete your doubts and uncertainties.
c. Participation of Commodity Fairs
Trade fair is another option that enables you to have close contact with all kinds of manufacturers home and abroad. Normally, there are all sorts of international trade fair held every year. This is especially frequently held in China as China is the world factory for industry products. Advantages of Participation of Commodity Fair covers:
- Trustworthy: person to person communication of the detail and check of the products;
- Convenient: instant Q & A ;
- Informative: comprehensively and instantly to master industry news and trends.
d. Field Visits to Factories and Markets
Field visits to the factories is another way that enables our clients to have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the whole process of how a sock is produced, packaged and delivered. Specifically, the merits would cover the following three aspects:
- Personal inspection of the techniques, machine, and staff, this is going to deliver a direct and right judgment of a factory;
- Your presence enables you to talk about the details such as quotation, MOQ, and materials;
- Check the companies’ past cooperation experiences, certificates, and products.
The only demerits are then the time and costs spent on the trip, which could be costly and hence not workable.
e. Outsourcing to a sourcing agency
Outsourcing could be the easiest way to get your order manufactured as what you only need to do is to handle your requirements and designs to a third party. They would later follow the whole process (searching manufacturers, placing orders and follow orders) on behalf of you. The only demerit is that the costs could be much higher than handling yourself.
(Manufacturer on E-Commerce Platform VS Manufacturers Running Their Own Website
With the operation of the above two practices, you could search a dozen manufacturers either on e-commerce platforms or running their own websites. There are even some of them that you found in field visits. But as said before, field visits are costly both in time and expenditure, which are then not workable for most of the clients. Then, this part would put the merits and demerits of manufacturers on E-Commerce and those who run their own websites under the spotlights.
Merits and Demerits of E-Commerce Platform Manufacturers
As for e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba and Aliexpress, it is easy for you to search a bunch of socks manufacturers as local manufacturers normally take both online and offline business operation.
The first very advantage then, arises exactly from it-enough choices, all you need to do is cherry-picking.
Secondly, the transaction on it could be safe enough. Thirdly, all the business operate on it are under standard operation.
However, the other edge of the sword (demerits) also shines in the face of reality. Specifically, there are some aspects that you need to be aware of:
- Comparatively cheaper costs to run a store on it would enable all kinds of brands and factories to start their stores on it, quality in this way cannot be guaranteed.
- Socks manufacturers that are delivered to you could not be the best players in that field as the ranking on the e-commerce platform could be influenced by several factors, such as the searching frequency of the customer.
- Ranking on e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba and Tmall could also be contributed by the surging transactions within a short period of time that normally is fulfilled with the assistance of paid buyers.
- Plus, the manufacturers happen to appear on your list after keywords searching could not be the best choice for you. They appear just because the keywords you were inputting equivalent to the keywords of the manufacturers. It would be much better to have instant information (e.g. newest design and discounts) about the market. In this way, the so-called prices advantage then does not mean a lot.
- E-commerce platform is usually criticized with bad performance in honesty. This is because of the flooding of the counterfeit and inferior commodities, which has been proved by the Chinese regulators as well as US counterparts. Alibaba’s US portals, Alibaba.com and AliExpress, have received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau due to its failure to respond to a whopping 79 complaints lodged against it.
Based on the above demerits, the E-Commerce giant Alibaba is now facing pressures from both domestic and abroad authorities as showed below.
Merits and Demerits of Manufacturers who Run Their websites
When it comes to manufacturers with their own self- run website, most of its merits just arise from the demerits of manufacturers on the e-commerce platform. This is to say:
- brands with their own websites are generally well-known brands and their products, fame and after-sale services are well-accepted among customers. Cooperation with them could then be more trustworthy.
- Operating their own website would enable them to better understand the daily searching information of the clients. This is going to assist the company to better grasp the customers’ needs and concerns. Hence, relative changes and maintenance could be arranged timely and targeted.
- The ranking of the website on Google would be comparatively more reliable. So, if you accidentally find some websites top-ranked in your searching results. You may trust it.
Of course, these self- run websites also enjoy their own demerits.
The very first one is its low occurrence within a searching. Normally, a website would only come out only if your searching keywords cover some of the keywords of the website. For example, if you want to search some yoga socks manufacturers, you may click some keywords such as yoga socks manufacturer, custom yoga socks or even wholesale yoga socks.
Also, in terms of quotation, these websites would normally start with a higher one as they are normally a brand for decades.You could then make your decisions based on your budget and targeted customers.)