what is the procurement process

What is the procurement process?

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how to find the best supplier

How to find the best supplier?

Why your choice is important

The best supplier lays a solid foundation for the supply chain

What is a supply chain

Supply chain refers to the network structure formed by upstream and downstream companies that provide the products or services to the consumers involved in the production and distribution process.

supply chain

Instead of all those complicated definitions, we can describe the supply chain as a lush tree: the manufacturing company constitutes the root; exclusive agents are the trunk; distributors are the branches and treetops; the leaves and flowers are the end-user. All these fragments make the supply chain a complete process. Now recall that we have a role model company in supply chain management- Zara, try to understand the whole relationship and each fragment under this prestigious company. Find Zara's supply chain.

To put it in another way, in the supply chain "enterprise A, enterprise B, and enterprise C", enterprise A is the raw material supplier of enterprise B, enterprise C is the seller of enterprise B's products. If enterprise B ignores the interdependence of all elements of the supply chain and focuses too much on its own internal development, the ability to produce products continues to improve, but if enterprise A can not provide him with raw materials in a prompt manner, or the sales capacity of enterprise C can not keep up with the development of enterprise B's production capacity, then we can conclude that the development of enterprise B's productivity is not adapted to the overall efficiency of the supply chain since it ignores the integration of supply chain.

A competent supplier is the trump card of the enterprise performance

A competent supplier is one that has the processing technology of manufacturing high-quality products, sufficient production capacity, and the ability to offer competitive products while making a profit. Fast, continuous, and unpredictable competitive environment requires the best quality and service in the shortest possible time to influence the market demand quickly. That is, the choice of the supplier has a direct impact on the profitability of the business, provided certain requirements are met.

DocShipper Tip: If you want to find a supplier overseas, the recommendation is the supplier from China, since the supplier in China always gives the best quote as well as not very terrible products. If the language and culture are difficult for you to negotiate with, contact a professhional agency like Docshipper.

Principles to be followed during the selection process

The establishment of a good relationship is conducive to the reduction of costs, response time, and the creation of new market value. As we know that the core issue of those problems is how to select the ideal supplier since supplier evaluation problems involve many factors. Despite the fact that the evaluation system is diverse, here are some basic principles for people to following.

Docshipper Tip: Remember to check these principles mentioned above then make decisions!

What are the preparations required for choosing the supplier

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DocShipper Advice: Docshipper can be your professional website when it comes to the choice of supplier in various areas.

How to have an assessment of the products

Now that we have already known all the principles as well as the preparations and the importance to choose a competent supplier, here comes the product part. We have to make sure every cycle of products will be perfect and no accidents will happen.

Note DocShipper: There will be scammed during the procurement cycle, to make sure everything develops smoothly, remember to find a professional agency to help you with these troublesome while necessary parts.

Effective ways to reduce procurement costs

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Reduce procurement costs through the choice of payment terms

If the capital of the enterprise is abundant, or bank interests are low, cash transactions can be used in a way that is more efficient and effective. But if it's not in this case, compare each way with professional suggestions. Remember to obey the rules that it should minimize the occupation of working capital and demand whichever you choose, which is conducive to expanding the scale of production.

Assistance from professional Agency: Docshipper

When people decide to choose a supplier, there are plenty of rules to follow. They should be familiar with all the information as much as possible, at the same time improve their own competence, not to mention the qualifications of the suppliers and products need to be inspected. Furthermore, when dealing with various suppliers from different countries who share totally different languages and cultures with you, the difficulties can drive you crazy sometimes. The best suggestion for you is to find a professional agent: Docshipper. Once you've found your positioned suppliers, there still will be a lot of things to manage if you want to import them from overseas markets. We've built our business model to assist our clients in the whole product cycle and our goal is " Focus on your marketing/sales, let us handle the rest!"

DocShipper Advice: We help you with the entire sourcing process so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

  • Having trouble finding the appropriate product? Enjoy our sourcing services, we directly find the right suppliers for you!
  • You don't trust your supplier? Ask our experts to do quality control to guarantee the condition of your goods!
  • Do you need help with the logistics? Our international freight department supports you with door to door services!
  • You don't want to handle distribution? Our 3PL department will handle the storage, order fulfillment, and last-mile delivery!

DocShipper Sourcing | Purchase - Quality Control - Logistics

Alibaba, Dhgate, made-in-china ... Many know websites to find suppliers in Asia but how many fall into a scam ?! It is very risky to pay an Asian supplier at the other end of the world based solely on promises! DocShipper offers you complete supply services integrating logistical needs: purchasing, quality control, customization, obtaining licenses, transport, distribution ...

Communication is important, that's why we strive to discuss in the most appropriate way for you!

💡How to find a good product to sell?

💡How to find a good product to sell?

Step 1: What is a good product?

Whether you are an expert in a particular niche or not. The first thing to start thinking about is a product, not a set of products. You shouldn't be thinking about the niche itself, you should be looking for a profitable product directly.

If what interests you is to make a quick profit and test the market. You don't have to worry about your brand, your logos or anything like that. What we want to check is that this product is sold and that we are making (at least) small profits. If we manage to make profits on a small scale, imagine what we can achieve by selling on a large scale.

We are not saying that creating your own brand is not the right thing to do. Not at all, in fact, we always recommend creating your own brand to import products from Asia, but at this stage of your activity, product customization would be too much beyond your means in terms of time/costs.

After clarifying this point, let's see what we think is a good product to start a business quickly and give us short-term profits:

profitable product to sell

Step 2: How to find the right products?

We are perhaps at the most important stage. Because this is when we have to spend many hours in front of our computer researching products and analyzing data from different websites.

We assume that you did not expect us to tell you in this post something like: - You have to import "wallets" or "backpacks" -. No, it doesn't work like that. If you are looking for "wallets" or "backpacks", you will go crazy and stop at the first restrictions. You should search for a unique product from a specific niche. In fact, if you found the perfect product, it should be something like this: "running backpack with insulated compartments of water repellent Goretex fabric with insulating zippers and pastel colors" Why? Because potential customers are looking for a unique product, which will allow them to differentiate themselves from what they may have had in the past. Failing to be competitive in price (this is reserved for sellers with large purchasing capacity) Seek innovation! If you are not too "out of the ordinary product", you can take inspiration from brands, trendy products and try to fit into a niche in which you can be competitive (especially with products with the same function than a big brand, but "made in Asia" ...).

Places where you can start looking:

On Google trends, we can notice 3 types of interesting products:

Ephemeral products - The BUZZ

ephemeral product The BUZZ

 

Timeless products

The timeless product

 

Seasonal product

Seasonal product

DocShipper Tip: Don't keep a single product in mind. You have to be attentive to all the details. Once you've found a product that works, stay in your swing, and try to sell complementary products. These products will be directly linked to the product you are selling, so you will try to sell several products per order, a way of optimizing profits.

Step 3: Locate your product in Asia

It was difficult, we know. But in the end, you have managed to have a list of 5 or 10 products that you consider to be trendy at the moment and you will benefit from the work that others have done for you.

The next thing to do is to look for this product on websites like Alibaba (to name a few). You will be able to find the products (often range elsewhere) that you want to sell.

It will not be easy to find the same or very similar product if we are talking about a new trend, so we have to do a general search with the features we want and get in touch with suppliers who have the most similar models. And this is where the serious things start ...

Note DocShipper: Attention! We are not really talking about copying. This is to imitate or copy the trend. Never use the same product with the same brand. As you can imagine, it is not legal. However, copying a trend is completely legal. Inditex does this every day.

Use the filters that appear in Alibaba to remove all the unwanted products that you will find while doing your research. And above all, focus. Don't get distracted by a product that has nothing to do with what you're looking for. Your goal now is to locate this product and get the price per unit.

If they have to do it in principle, we are not interested. We have to find something that matches what we are looking for. Remember, we just want to do a small-scale test. If we have to make a custom sample, the costs will skyrocket. We do not recommend it.

After a few days of consultation with suppliers, you will have a list of 5 or 10 suppliers that may be of interest. For the moment, you are putting them all on "pending" because you must first go to step 4 to find out if the product you want to import will meet the sales requirements with a margin greater than 50%.

Step 4: Sale & Competitive Price Analysis

We can call this step the first step towards business. If you already know your purchase price and when it comes to finding products similar to yours, you only find branded products at exorbitant prices, you are going to have a moment of euphoria that you must control and analyze properly.

If a big smile appears on your face during your research, it is very likely that you have found the perfect product.

Where should you check prices to find out if you have a good buy/sell price?

  • Amazon: Without a doubt, where you will look first, it will be on Amazon. If you find absolutely nothing on your product, this can be a warning signal. Maybe nobody sells it because there is really no demand (it is usually normal) or maybe nobody sells it because it is so new that you will be the first to sell it sell (this usually doesn't happen). In any case, worry if what you are trying to sell does not appear in amazon. The normal thing is that there are already suppliers who sell a product similar to yours. Note the lowest selling price of all the suppliers that appear for the product that most closely resembles yours.
  • eBay: Do the same steps you did on Amazon and note the lowest price.

DocShipper Tip: Steps 3 and 4 can be performed in reverse order. It wouldn't change anything. After all, what we want to get is the profit margin we will have if we choose one or the other product.

Step 5: Analyze the data

In the last step, you only need to analyze the data you have obtained and see if it meets the requirements that you defined as a good product in step 1.

We usually recommend using an Excel sheet where you will put the purchase and sale price columns and you will automatically calculate the margin in the next column. The last column is where you write the pros and cons of each product. Thus, once the research is complete, you will have a clear vision of the products that you should throw directly into the trash (usually the majority) and of the finalists.

If at the end you left 2 articles as finalists you can choose the one that leaves you the most profit margin or the one in which you believe the most.

Good luck in your search!

DocShipper Advice: We help you with the entire sourcing process so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

  • Having trouble finding the appropriate product? Enjoy our sourcing services, we directly find the right suppliers for you!
  • You don't trust your supplier? Ask our experts to do quality control to guarantee the condition of your goods!
  • Do you need help with the logistics? Our international freight department supports you with door to door services!
  • You don't want to handle distribution? Our 3PL department will handle the storage, order fulfillment, and last-mile delivery!

DocShipper Sourcing | Purchase - Quality Control - Logistics

Alibaba, Dhgate, made-in-china ... Many know websites to find suppliers in Asia but how many fall into a scam ?! It is very risky to pay an Asian supplier at the other end of the world based solely on promises! DocShipper offers you complete supply services integrating logistical needs: purchasing, quality control, customization, obtaining licenses, transport, distribution ...

Communication is important, that's why we strive to discuss in the most appropriate way for you!