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The Right Way to Begin Your Sourcing Journey in India: Helpful Tips

Whether you’re starting a new e-commerce business from scratch or branching out into new sourcing options from India, you’re on the cusp of something amazing!

 But before you dive in headfirst, it’s time to delve into research, formulate a plan, and grapple with the multitude of queries on the actual execution of the plan. While I can’t give you a step-by-step guide on how to source products from start to finish, thats for another day, but I can give you some key considerations to think about before you get started. The last thing I want is for you to waste countless hours and feel frustrated by the process. 

Trust me, it’s more fun when you can enjoy the creative aspects of the work without getting bogged down by the details. And to help you avoid that, here are three critical topics to think about before you take the plunge.

1. Ensure India is the Right Sourcing Destination for your Product

Although India doesn’t manufacture everything under the sun like China, India specializes in unique and one-of-a-kind products that are sure to wow you. That’s why it’s so important to firstly make sure that India is the right destination for the products you’re wishing to buy. 

India is an absolutely incredible sourcing destination for certain product categories and materials that you won’t find anywhere else. And, You can find them at unbeatable, cost-effective prices! From natural fiber products to handmade and value-added products, India has it all! 

And, I’ve got just the thing to help! I’ve written a free guide on the product categories you can source from India, so you can easily get the entire list of product categories and products India specializes at and find what you’re looking for! Grab the guide here and start your amazing product journey today!

2.Getting familiar with major Manufacturing hubs and Shipping ports

This is a super important step that many people tend to overlook, but you’re not going to be one of them! You see, it’s not enough to just be enthusiastic about sourcing your first product – you need to take the time to truly immerse yourself in the country you’re going to source from.

By getting to know the basic map and getting familiar with the locations of your suppliers and manufacturing hubs, you can ensure that you’re sourcing from the right place – a place that specializes in your product, has direct access to skilled labour as well as raw-materials and offers the most cost-effective prices. Plus, by familiarizing yourself with the closest shipping ports, you can plan your orders and order quantities with suppliers in the same region,  take advantage of  shipping consolidated orders and save even more money!

Trust me, if you try to skip this crucial step, you’ll end up wasting a ton of time and money. But by taking the time to research and prepare, you’ll set yourself up for success and be one step closer to sourcing your dream product!

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3. Verify Suppliers before you begin working with them

Now, on to, one of the most exciting parts of building a business – finding the right suppliers! Sure, there are a lot of options out there, but don’t let that overwhelm you. With a little bit of research, you can easily find the perfect supplier who will help take your business to the next level. 

Trust me, I know what I’m talking about – I’ve worked with hundreds of suppliers and there are always a few that stand out from the crowd. And the secret to finding them? It’s all about verifying their legitimacy and expertise before you start working with them.

Ask yourself – is this supplier genuine, export-focused, experienced manufacturer, and specialized in my product? Do they have top-notch quality systems in place? By collaborating with a legitimate, registered supplier who is export-focused and experienced in navigating complex export standards and procedures, you can avoid any potential pitfalls and have a smooth sourcing experience. Plus, sourcing from a supplier who is a manufacturer (not a trader!) who implements stringent quality checks and systems, you can be confident that you are buying at competitive prices and you’ll receive top quality products that meet industry standards.

Remember, your supply chain partners can truly make all the difference. Don’t risk losing money or dealing with poor quality products – instead, find suppliers from trusted sources and verify them thoroughly. With the right approach, you can find the perfect partners to support you all the way to success

Having covered the preliminary planning stage of sourcing products from India, do you feel prepared to begin? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Additionally, if you’re seeking assistance to alleviate any confusion about where to begin, don’t forget to explore our courses and templates, which can be found here.

Kirti Sehrawat

Kirti Sehrawat

I help E-commerce Entrepreneurs Source Products from India effectively and efficiently, so they can bring their brilliant Product ideas to life and Build an Online Business of their dreams.

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