So, first and foremost, how could a foreign retailer, as you are, find Chinese manufacturers? Normally, there are several major practices available to search your potential manufacturers.
1. 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.
2. 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 on 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.