DIY Sourcing From China Part 1: Good Fit, Sourcing, Vetting, & Backups [Podcast]

In this episode of the podcast: What are your 4 options when sourcing suppliers in China? [Podcast] we discussed that sourcing your own new suppliers in China was an option open to importers. So, let’s say you want to find your own suppliers, what do you need to do?

Our CEO Renaud goes into detail about the early stages of the sourcing process here, namely deciding what a ‘good fit’ supplier looks like for you, where to start the search, how to perform due diligence and check you’ve got the right supplier, and how to develop a backup supplier in case of issues later on.

Interested in finding a new supplier? Hit play below to learn how to handle it yourself!


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Listen: Sourcing from China (Part 1): Identifying suppliers, verifying them, & cultivating ‘backups.’

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Episode sections

  • 00:00 Introduction. 
  • 02:23 –  How to identify ‘good fit’ suppliers for yourself and why there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ suppliers out there. 
  • 14:25 – A list of sourcing actions to take to find new suppliers. Finding a supplier who can be a reliable partner in the medium or long term is a process:
    15:13 – Identify what a good fit for your needs is (discussed earlier).
    19:35 – Start searching for suppliers.
    22:00 – Screening or vetting potential suppliers you’ve found.
    24:07 – Contacting the supplier/s. 
  • 29:04 – Get even more help with vetting new Chinese suppliers by listening to our podcast series about it: Vetting new suppliers in China series.
  • 29:40 – If you have found a good fit supplier, is a backup option from your shortlist strictly necessary & if so, how to develop one?
  • 40:01 – Wrapping up


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