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Deciding to leave the manufacturing of your brand in such distant hands when you are starting out, or when you have already started but have had a setback, is not an easy task. For this reason, in this article we show you all the keys to making clothes in China, Pakistan or Bangladesh.
We often come across obstacles, and the first one that we would highlight from our experience is the identification of factories that really adapt to our needs. This is the biggest exit barrier that we usually encounter, but unfortunately it is not the only one.
The first thing is to identify what we want. Once the quality and the product that we want to offer with our brand have been decided, the choice of the country where to manufacture arrives.
Each country is identified with one or another production characteristic. For example, China is usually identified with large productions and qualities that go from the lowest to the highest, depending on the production center.
Pakistan is usually a medium quality product when it comes to natural fabrics, although the quality of denim, leather and leatherette is of a high standard in many production centers. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, it is where the best prices are found.
Perhaps having these clear keys is one of the most important steps when starting the purchase process.
There are hundreds of factors to take into account when deciding to start manufacturing in Asia.
Luckily, our tour allows us to position ourselves as experts in the area and, since sharing is living, we are going to offer you a complete guide on where you should start to make this decision and not give up trying.
How to search for suppliers in China?
Surely when you have read “suppliers” and “China” marketplaces like Alibaba will have come to your mind directly.
This is certainly an effective way to locate providers.
If what you are looking for is to work with large purchase volumes, this is possibly your best option, but if your purchase volumes are low and you follow the purchase process, you will realize that the orders that you must handle will surely escape what you you had planned
At this point, another 2 ways to locate suppliers come into play that will surely cause you less headaches and more security when managing orders and shipping.
One of them is buying through a Trader.
This means that you will get in touch with a person or a company that has at its disposal a series of trusted factories with which it works and will make it available to you according to your needs.
We undoubtedly recommend this way, because if you have never worked with Asia, you may make mistakes that these agents, from experience, already have controlled.
How easy isn't it? We have solved the purchase, now the problem is logistics.
This is the next barrier that you will find when exporting.
With this infographic we explain the export process so that you understand all the agents involved in the process, and thus understand how far the Trader reaches.
As you will see, there are too many steps to follow and that translates into waiting time, and a great loss if you have everything calculated to the millimeter in production.
In addition, it is important to keep in mind that a Trader is not responsible for the product, so you will have to place all your trust in him and the factory, and hope that when the order arrives it will be as you requested.
Which leads us to the importance of remembering that when starting negotiations, one of the most important points is the after-sales service.
It is not the same to wait for an order with the certainty that if there is a problem it will be easy to solve it, than to wait for an order "trembling" in case it will arrive as you requested.
Then? How do I manufacture in China having visibility of the entire manufacturing and logistics process and with guarantees?
It is not impossible. There is a way that we recommend to get down to business with your business and leave international trade in the hands of professionals.
Look for a company specialized in import and export. And if you have offices located in the Country in which you have decided to produce, even better.
This option is not the cheapest, but it is certainly the safest. If you draw up a medium-long-term export plan with a growth forecast, this is your option without a doubt.
Companies of this type personally take care of your project to find the best provider according to your needs.
All processes are transparent and they will offer you purchase guarantees, which is peace of mind. In addition, the fact of going to a supplier as an international buyer with a purchasing office in his native country will save you many meetings and headaches when starting negotiations.
Let's summarize where to start and how to make the decision
At this point, it is important that we make a mental outline of the factors to take into account when making the decision to manufacture in Asia.
1. Find providers.
2. Find the most suitable provider for our needs.
3. Make sure of the qualities offered by the supplier(s) we choose.
4. Manage and control the logistics process. (Forwarding agents, tariffs, customs...)
5. Purchase guarantees when managing returns.
Once you have found a solution to all these points, you are ready to start your business with the assurance that the only thing you should focus on is sales.
If you stay with us we will be delighted, and if on the other hand you decide to do it on your own or choose another company, it will have been a pleasure for us to help you.
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