[GUIDE] How to find the right private label manufacturer for your e-commerce business

FACT: there are over 2.8 MILLION factories in China. They range from state of the art and fully-automated manufacturing facilities, to loose groups of stay-at-home moms and grannies who cut and sew textiles from their own bedrooms. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a pretty good chance there’s a factory in China that can make it. … Continue reading “[GUIDE] How to find the right private label manufacturer for your e-commerce business”

The 5 steps to finding profitable product ideas while traveling this summer

Recently one of my readers who was taking a vacation to Florida asked for my advice what he should do to look for product ideas for his e-commerce business while traveling.   Many of you may be traveling this summer so I thought I’d share my advice for looking for product ideas while traveling and … Continue reading “The 5 steps to finding profitable product ideas while traveling this summer”

Trump is making things harder for e-commerce sellers… China import tariffs and what you can do about it to stay profitable as a seller

UPDATE June 18, 2018 On June 15, 2018, the US Trade Representative office released the list of items that will be hit with an additional 25% tariff or import duty.   This initiative was spearheaded by Donald Trump and Robert Lighthizer in an effort to protect against China’s alleged unfair trade practices. Here is the … Continue reading “Trump is making things harder for e-commerce sellers… China import tariffs and what you can do about it to stay profitable as a seller”

My Amazon Product Mistake – and how you can profit from my loss [Podcast]

“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.” Dale Carnegie A lot of Amazon gurus will tell their stories of how they made from zero to a million dollars in 8 months.   That can be great for motivation but many times a “lottery story” like that doesn’t … Continue reading “My Amazon Product Mistake – and how you can profit from my loss [Podcast]”

PO or Contract? The 7 essential questions to ask when signing an agreement with a Chinese Supplier… Advice from a Trademark Lawyer with over 100 wins

***UPDATE*** Here’s my exclusive webinar with Amy where she reveals how to protect your brand and trademark if you’re manufacturing in China… even if you don’t plan to sell there.  Don’t let what happened to New Balance happen to you!   If you’ve already sourced a product and found success selling on Amazon that’s great. … Continue reading “PO or Contract? The 7 essential questions to ask when signing an agreement with a Chinese Supplier… Advice from a Trademark Lawyer with over 100 wins”

“Winter is Coming” – China Sourcing Outlook 2018

As we’re getting ready to close the year and enter holiday party mode, there are two important things to consider as we prepare for the new year in 2018 so we don’t start off the year with a hangover! China is getting clean and the new regulations are here to stay The China EPA’s stricter … Continue reading ““Winter is Coming” – China Sourcing Outlook 2018”

A Guide to Product Safety & Labeling For E-Commerce Startups

Did you know that when sourcing products besides quality, price, and finding a trustworthy supplier there’s another important factor that a lot of online sellers overlook?   That is product safety labeling and certification! Here’s a letter from one of my readers: “Another concern of mine with sourcing products is whether there are any statutory requirements … Continue reading “A Guide to Product Safety & Labeling For E-Commerce Startups”

China “EPA” crackdown shuts down tens of thousands of factories… with no end in sight *UPDATE*

UPDATE As you may have heard recently China’s EPA has shut down tens of thousands of factories with no end in sight.  Not only are factories being fined for not following the new laws, in some severe cases people are going to jail for this!  You can read more about it in this NPR story … Continue reading “China “EPA” crackdown shuts down tens of thousands of factories… with no end in sight *UPDATE*”

The true story of how a parking spot gave away a fake “factory boss”: China Sourcing Diaries

It was a brisk spring morning in Jiangsu province as we stepped off the bullet train arriving at the station. China has some of the most efficient transportation in the world with its trains that travel over 300km per hour (180 mph).  We arrived in the dusty town and a gregarious Chinese man named Mr. … Continue reading “The true story of how a parking spot gave away a fake “factory boss”: China Sourcing Diaries”

How to Win Q4 as an Amazon FBA seller: When to place your orders from China and ship them out so you don’t miss out on the holiday shopping season… Hint: Be prepared for exorbitant freight charges!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Maybe it’s the stress of visiting family and hosting relatives and friends. Or maybe it means being able to unwind and take some time off to go on vacation.  Or maybe it means it’s time to go shopping for some retail … Continue reading “How to Win Q4 as an Amazon FBA seller: When to place your orders from China and ship them out so you don’t miss out on the holiday shopping season… Hint: Be prepared for exorbitant freight charges!”