When you are an eCommerce entrepreneur, it may seem like a daunting task to find the products you need for your market. Sometimes everything else has fallen in line. You have a sizable potential customer base for an exciting niche market. You have a killer website all ready to go live. Yet, you cannot seem to locate the products you need to build an inventory for your eCommerce business!
Perhaps you have been in business for a while, but your sources have dwindled. Sourcing better products is a key part of an online retail business. You simply want to buy excellent products at wholesale prices and sell them at retail. A simple three-pronged approach is likely to reveal rich sources of the products you need. That’s why we’re offering 3 simple tips to sourcing better products for your online store.
1.Attend Trade Shows and Industry Expositions
You can make contacts with companies that offer the products you seek at trade shows and industry expositions. When you hone in on a show that looks rich with companies offering products relevant to your business, a visit can be one of the best opportunities to see what is available and begin a relationship with a supplier of quality products for your eCommerce site.
2.Research Trade Organizations and Industry Associations
Once you have located the trade organizations and industry associations that are relevant to your eCommerce site, it is necessary to do a bit of research about them. Find their magazines through either the library or directly from the organizations themselves. Combing through these trade magazines will give you tips on wholesalers who offer the products you are seeking. This may be through ads or articles that highlight industry companies. There may also be ads for upcoming trade shows or expositions.
3.Conduct Smarter Internet Searches and/or Consult a Reference Librarian
Go to your web browser and search the “Directory of Associations.” You can search by state, type, category and size. Type of organization includes international, national, state, regional, local and others. Category ranges from apparel to zoology. Size choices range from less than 500 to greater than 100,000. As well, you can choose all in each search option.
The reference librarian at your local public library is an invaluable resource. He or she will assist you in searching the “Gale Encyclopedia of Associations” through an online database or a large print reference volume. Your library may also own a print copy of “National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States.” The reference librarian can guide you to these resources and others that she may be able to access for you.
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