They may use Alibaba as part of their sourcing strategy but it definitely will not be the only method.
I’d like to show you ways to find suppliers beyond Alibaba to help grow your business.
Minimum order quantities (MOQs) can be as low as one piece.
Before we do that, you need to identify your needs first: what kind of product you’re looking for, how much do you need to start off and in the future if your business explodes, your budget, and your timeline.This relationship is critical if you want to build a sustainable business.Just as in dating as you get to know each other better you grow together to find out their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes to find out if you’re compatible.Ali Express if fine if your volume is small and if you’re just starting out.I don’t recommend it if you want to build a scalable business, because you likely are not dealing with the direct manufacturer but with a middle man who will not reveal the factory to you. Another major disadvantage is that you are not building a relationship with the supplier.Many suppliers with good intentions may have poor communication skills, misaligned quality expectations, dysfunctional teams, and other problems.