How to search for suppliers
Determine suppliers what level you need. If your business is connected with the large wholesale, then you would be better to work directly with the manufacturer. In this case, you will receive the lowest price possible, will have the prospect of regional dealership, and will be able to resolve any issues and to claim quality. If you are planning to purchase goods in small quantities or want to buy product assortment of different brands, it is better to enter into a contract with the intermediary. In this case, the price will be slightly higher, but you will get rid of many documentation and logistical problems.
Spend monitoring suppliers on the Internet and the business publications in your city. Study the corporate website, read the information in the press, try to find any information on court cases related to this company. Thematic business forums you can often find the heading "black list", which houses the reviews about a particular company. If negative opinions will be too much, be wary, even if the rest of the information is positive.Analyze care whether your potential provider about its image, how his PR service. Promotional events, sponsorships, website updates, answers to customer questions — all this is an excellent source of additional information.
Not all suppliers and manufacturers are active on the Internet. Especially when it comes to small companies or factories. Visit exhibition in your area of activity. Subscribe to electronic newsletters, Expo-centres, which will inform you in advance about the impending event. At the exhibition you will be able to establish direct contacts and to see the products of the company. However, after that is still to find information about them in open sources.
Will receive a membership in the chamber of Commerce of your city. This organization even has information about companies that you are unlikely to find themselves. In addition, you will be able to participate in seminars and workshops, get advice on business organization.