How do you find your supplier?

Re: How do you find your supplier?

well, that's really depends. an average US buyer for an enterprise company adds at least 100 suppliers per year. There are various sources - from reports and databases that you can buy or subscribe to - to different forums, like this one, or online b2b communities, or through a Referral. There are also some tools available within different Supplier-Buyer communities, that will allow you to manage the suppliers, to make them private or public, to add a review or download other's comment for the specific supplier.

It's like a whole new universe now. I don't think, I can post the specific links, but I can definitely suggest a couple of nice sites who does that.

I wonder, and how do YOU find your suppliers? How often do you need to find a new one? How many suppliers would you add this year? Where, geo-wise, are you looking for them? Do you have a pattern?




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Re: How do you find your supplier?

I believe it's very hard to find suppliers, especially e-business.
May be there is some evaluating method, can some one share some tips for us?:confused:


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The 3rd Guangzhou International Logistics Equipment & Informatization Exhibition

The Only and First Platform of Logistics Equipment Technology and New Products in Asia , the Common Choice of 600 Exhibitors and 100,000 Excellent Buyers!

Time: June 10th-12th, 2012
Venue: Area C, Pazhou Complex, Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou

Development and Reform Commission of Guangdong Province
The Economic & Information Commission of Guangdong Province

Guangdong Logistics Industry Association
Logistics Equipment Special Committee of Guangdong Logistics Industry Association
Hong Kong Best International Exhibition Group Company

Gangzhou Best Exhibition Co., Ltd

I. Review the Last Exhibition

The 2nd Guangzhou International Logistics Equipment & Technology Expo 2011short for Exhibition, in Guangzhou China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, are grandly held on 22-24 in June 2011. The exhibition is hosted by Guangdong Logistics Industry Association and Hong Kong Best International Exhibition Group Company, organized by Guangzhou Best Exhibition Co., Ltd and received great support from China Association of Warehouses and Storage and China Communications & Transportation Association.

192 exhibitors, who comes from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Germany, American, Italy, have taken part in this exhibition, such as Shantui, Ruyi, Noblelift, Jingjiang Forklift, Kopron, Huade, Baokai Logistex System, Xingxiong, Weitelong, Dacheng, Sunli, Pearl Plastic , Rodman, Shenrong, Liyang, Aiou, COTAO, Lianxinyongyi, Ayma, Real-Time, BERJAYAPAK, Weighsafe, Flyersauto, Foton, Sinotruk, showing the latest forklift, shelve, pallet, automation, RFID, logistics vehicle and other relative logistics equipment and technology. This exhibition attracted 17,526 visitors.

During the exhibition, the organizer has hold 2011 1st China Logistics Media Fellowship, Shantui Forklift New Products News Conference, The 1st Annual Meeting of Guangdong Logistics Technical Committee for Standardization -- Humen Port National Logistics Services Standardization Experimental Unit Expert Seminar, The 1st Huanzhong Cup Logistics Innovation Design Competition in Guangdong, 2011 Forklift host and Parts Development Forum, China Forklift Company Sales Performance Conference 2011. These 6 activities have advanced industry communication and provided more value for insiders to learn industry trend and development.

II. 4 Reasons for Participate in an Exhibition
a. Under the cross-pressure of the rising of raw material price, ascending of labor cost and inflation, choosing a comprehensive and efficient product promotion platform become the strategy choices of smart enterprise for logistics equipment companies.

b. Guangdong circulation industry, wholesale, retail, catering, warehousing, leasing, distribution centers, etc., manufacturing industry petrochemical, auto, machinery, electronics, ceramics, furniture, building materials, beverages, food, medicine, paper making, tobacco, etc., logistics logistics park, transportation, logistics companies, rail transportation, airport, railway, port, etc. are well developed. All industries are in transformation and upgrading, having huge demand for logistics equipment, while the Guangdong is near to Southeast Asia, in the leading place of foreign trade of the country, is bridge tower of logistics equipment enterprises seizing in Guangdong and marching in Southeast Asia and other international markets.

c. After State Department positioned the logistics industry as one of the state’s top ten planning industries, the Guangdong Logistics Industry adjustment and promotion plan came out immediately, under the overall guiding theory of holding growth, expanding domestic demand and adjusting structure, making the Guangdong logistics industry bigger and stronger become the Guangdong policy programme document. This is exactly the best opportunity for logistics equipment enterprises develop Guangdong market.

d.The 3rd Guangzhou International Logistics Equipment and Informationization Exhibition is the only and first platform of logistics equipment technology and new products in Asia , the success and the rapid growth of the first two exhibitions have proven this point. In the future, we will pay double efforts and sincerity and focus all of our customers' success as a foothold, take promoting the industry’s healthy development as the mission.

III. Exhibit Scope
Warehouse and workshop logistics equipment: Shelves, pallet, turnover boxes, tiered warehouse, automated storage system, logistics accessories, logistics container unit equipment, industrial doors, floor solution, cleaning equipment;
Material Handling Equipment and Accessories: Forklift and accessory, MHS, delivery system, lifting platform, crane and accessory, robot, caster;
Packaging and Order Picking Devices: materials packaging equipment, weighing equipment, measuring equipment, sorting equipment, selection systems, bar code equipment, etc.;
Logistics Facilities:Auto tail plate, loading platform, dock leveler, container, ro-ro ship, and container seals, etc;
Logistics Informationization: Logistics software, RFID, automatic identification of things, e-commerce, logistics planning and management, logistics vehicle and operations management system, GPS, call center, computer and communication networks;
Logistics transportation equipment: Logistics vehicle, mechanical parking system, traffic management system;
Logistics Service: Logistics park, logistics and outsourcing services, logistics finance, etc;
Other: Cold chain logistics, electronic business logistics, dangerous goods / safety logistics, emergency logistics equipment, etc.

Guangzhou Best Exhibition Co., Ltd.
Address: Room 601-604, Flat B, Citycoin International Apartment, No. 238, Xingang East Road, Guangzhou(510308)
Tel: 0086-20-2217 0295
Fax: 0086-20-3412 3924
Contact Person:Ms. Stephanie Tse
Phone: 86-15989082899


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Re: How do you find your supplier?

Dear willanfei,

It has been long time since you asked this question. I hope you share your experience with us. How did you overcome this problem.

BR / Mohammed


Re: How do you find your supplier?

To find suppliers, you'll need to consult some specialized online resources. These four are a good start... Alibaba, Global Sources, ThomasNet and Kompass.


Re: How do you find your supplier?

Well,It makes no difference what business you are in, suppliers and vendors play a key role in your company's success. Having a formalized system in place to track and evaluate supplier and vendor performance is essential to the smooth operation and profitability of your company.!


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Re: How do you find your supplier?

Generally I find suppliers through internet.

There are so many good trade directories like TradeIndia which provides us lots of information about manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers.


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Re: How do you find your supplier?

We have a team of researches who do it for our company and we never had any big issues with any of our suppliers. As long as your research is thorough you won't have any trouble in terms of shipping and quality.


Re: How do you find your supplier?

Our procurement department maintains a list of suppliers that they regularly update. Invitation to new suppliers are also issued from time to time. Each and every purchase passes through a bidding process that is transparent. When a failed bidder complains, it is cause for review of the transaction. Of course, the main factors required are the promised quality of the goods and the delivery time. When one of that is not met, the supplier gets a deduction in their rating with our company.
Re: How do you find your supplier?

i think you want to say, where can find suitable suppliers to you
suppliers are everywhere. you can find them from show, magazine, B2B, google,
but find a reliable and suitable supplier is quite difficult



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Re: How do you find your supplier?

Find the suppliers are very easy, because at present everything easy to online to check online to find the quality and product.


Re: How do you find your supplier?

For products that can be found locally, the government encourages local companies to source out their supplies from local producers. Aside from farm products like sugar, rice and vegetables, we also have a long list of garment factories that can supply the needs of Marks & Spencer of the UK which is being imitated by Bench, a local distributor which is gaining headway with their classy apparel and footwear items. And if you need manpower, of course, the Philippines has a ready supply from call center agents to middle management.


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Re: How do you find your supplier?

We source our goods from US and China but admittedly we were just lucky and kind of fell into it by having relatives and friends that helped out. I am guessing it's still not extremely difficult to find a supplier in China though since there are so many of them and many people there or businesses are probably very used to people looking for suppliers as well as the entire transaction and other processes that follow.


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In the olden days, the Philippines was exporting handicraft to the US and UK. The items were mostly made of bamboo and rattan which were woven by the rural folks. Businessmen in Manila would buy the products from the province and export them. But when modernization came in, those handicraft projects were abandoned in favor of other undertaking. Most of the men are driving vehicles plying the main roads for passengers and some were back to their farms using mechanized methods. Maybe if those handicraft business would be revived, I'm sure there are consumers abroad.


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Re: How do you find your supplier?

Since I don't have a very large business and don't need commercial suppliers, I do a basic internet search for what I am looking for and then I compare the companies side by side. It makes it easier to see the break down penny for penny for what an item would cost (with shipping) to reach me and it makes it easier for me to understand the companies objective as well. I'm a bargainer like nobody has ever seen and if I can save money, I will find a way. I see there are some really great tips here, which I will most likely look into myself as my business grows. Good luck!