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PT016: Sourcing in China at the Canton Fair

Released Wednesday, 18th March 2015
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The Canton Fair is an enormous trade show that takes place in China every spring and fall. It is the largest trade fair in China and is an excellent place for sourcing and finding suppliers to make your products. Listen in as Fred and Jeremy interview a special guest who is an expert on sourcing. Together they discuss strategies for communicating with suppliers and other tips for having a successful Canton Fair experience.

In This Episode

  • 01:00 Jeremy's Boston adventures

  • 05:08 Tortuga updates

  • 07:02 Fred's Canton Fair plans

  • 09:02 Canton Fair: The Basics

  • 12:55 Communication struggles

  • 15:33 Canton Fair logistics - where to stay, how to get in, etc.

  • 18:40 What is a trading company?

  • 22:00 Meet "Tim", an experienced sourcer

  • 23:03 Tim's specific Canton Fair goals

  • 26:27 Do your research beforehand!

  • 29:38 Strategies to use when talking to suppliers

  • 32:14 Strategies to avoid

  • 39:31 How to stay in touch with Canton Fair contacts

  • 43:27 Evaluating factories on Alibaba

  • 46:22 Placing an order with Alibaba factories

  • 52:29 Word to the Wise

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