Outsourcing the manufacturing of your product to an overseas company that you’ll probably never meet face-to-face is not for the faint of heart. You have to perform your due diligence and carefully evaluate each potential firm. After all, they’ll become your primary supplier and a crucial part of your overall business.
The first place you’ll probably start looking is the internet. While this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a good place to begin your search. Some of the sites are actually companies who specialize in helping you find suppliers. As you become more knowledgeable, you may find firms and sites of your own which cater to your specific market.
The website offers more than 67,000 specific categories, from “Rubber Part Waterjet Cutting Services Suppliers” to “Photograph Mounting Corners Suppliers.” It’s also one of the largest websites for finding overseas suppliers.
Alibaba is perhaps the most well-known sourcing website. Its navigation is more straightforward and it enjoys a great reputation.
Don’t be fooled. Just because the Hong Kong Trade Development Council put the website together doesn’t mean it’s strictly for Hong Kong suppliers. Suppliers from all along the Asian Pacific Rim are represented, including China and Japan.
This site of verified suppliers has a strong represenation of not only Chinese but Indian manufacturers as well.
This site is expressly for finding Chinese suppliers.
As the name implies, this company specializes in helping American companies source production in Mexico. Specifically, in maquiladores, factories along the Mexico-U.S. which cater to American manufacturers.
Like Made In Mexico, Shanghai Sourcing is a company connecting clients with the right manufacturer in their country - in this case, China.
Again, the ultimate responsibility for choosing the right manufacturer is in your hands. Use multiple sources to ensure you’ve selected a reputable manufacturer. When you find the right one, they’ll quickly become a linchpin in your business.