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October 23, 2023 28 mins

On this episode of Hustle Inspires Hustle, Alex Quin interviews The Sourcing Guy, an expert in the field of supply chain management. Discover the challenges of sourcing products for e-commerce stores, such as liability issues, certifications needed to import certain products, and communication challenges when working with factories overseas. Plus, learn about red flags to look out for when speaking to potential clients or partners!

Wisdom Nuggets

Understanding the product: When sourcing products for e-commerce stores, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of the product you are dealing with. This includes knowing its specifications, certifications needed for import, and any liability issues that may arise.

Invest in the business: Potential clients or partners should be willing to invest in their business. This shows commitment and a long-term vision. It is important to be cautious of those who are not willing to invest in their own success.

Quality products cost more: It is important to understand that quality products may come with a higher price tag. Cutting corners on quality may lead to customer dissatisfaction and damage to your brand reputation in the long run.

Communication challenges: When working with factories overseas, communication can be a significant challenge. It is crucial to establish clear lines of communication and have a system in place to ensure effective communication with suppliers.

Have backups in place: It is wise to have multiple suppliers and backups in place. This helps mitigate risks such as supply chain disruptions, quality issues, or sudden changes in supplier availability. Having backups ensures continuity in your business operations.

Power Quotes

"Quality products may have a higher price tag, but they will save you headaches in the long run." - The Sourcing Guy

"Communication challenges are common when working with factories overseas. You need to establish clear lines of communication." - The Sourcing Guy

"Having backups and multiple suppliers is essential to mitigate risks and ensure a smooth supply chain." - The Sourcing Guy

Episode Outline

[00:00:05] Empowering entrepreneurs, inspiring hustle.

[00:02:10] Sourcing products for global companies.

[00:05:24] Find global partners, solve product needs.

[00:08:28] Secure overseas sourcing, quality assurance, ease of mind.

[00:12:24] Spend money for long-term success.

[00:14:17] Spend money on business, not cheap products.

[00:17:49] Ship from China: Future of Logistics.

[00:20:42] Expert supply chain consulting for success.

[00:23:39] Startup failure prevention tips.

[00:25:51] Educate on sourcing products better.

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