Once you have got your business plan written, your products and pricing down and your advertising and marketing lined up, you are almost ready to kick your Amazon selling enterprise into gear. One of the things you’ll still need, however, is a reliable wholesale supplier who can give you great pricing and works well with the Amazon FBA system.
FBA, or Fulfillment By Amazon, is when Amazon warehouses your goods. They will pick, pack, ship and offer customer service for these products, leading to better delivery times and a more consistent experience for your customers. Plus, sellers who use FBA often see favorable search results when people look for the products they offer. To take full advantage of this program, you will need a wholesale supplier who knows the system.
Essentially, there are three routes you can go to find a wholesale supplier that works within the FBA framework: head to trade shows, look to China or pour through wholesale directories. Here’s a breakdown of each route and how to find the right wholesale supplier for your Amazon seller enterprise.
Trade shows are a fantastic resource for Amazon sellers. Not only can they be a place to find new products to sell or help your business, they can also be a chance to develop critical business relationships. This is true as well for finding a wholesale supplier.
The great news about trade shows today is that they often have virtual components as well, meaning you don’t have to travel to get the benefits. You can often find a list of attendees right on a trade show’s site, which is essentially a curated list of potential contacts. Go through the list and make note of any suppliers to contact.
Look to China
As the world’s leading manufacturer, China is statistically where you will be getting your products anyways. It makes sense, then, to work with a Chinese wholesaler. There are a number of massive wholesale suppliers who are very experienced in the world of online shopping, from Alibaba and its assorted subsidiaries to Made-In-China and B2B experts Global Sources. Chances are China has precisely what you need, and at prices that are difficult to match anywhere else.
Go Through Wholesale Supplier Directories
The final option are wholesale directories. This is probably not the most efficient approach (these directories are thousands of entries long supplying millions of products), but they can also be the most comprehensive. There are essentially three major directories: Worldwide Brands, SaleHoo and Inventory Source. They cost money to access but they are well worth the price.
No matter which route you take for an FBA Amazon wholesale supplier, your business can always use a boost. The team here at Wizards of Ecom is dedicated to helping sellers like you maximize profits and grow your business. Whether you’re an Amazon seller or running your own online shop, our resources and experts can help. Be sure to check out our seminars, training videos and more to get the latest on how to grow your business. Read a our related post here.