Guide to Alibaba Gold Suppliers: What Importers Must Know

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The Alibaba Gold Supplier program is often misunderstood as a ‘seal of approval’ while it’s more comparable to a verified business directory. What makes the Gold Supplier program unique is the information you can access about each supplier – information that can in turn be used to source qualified suppliers in China, Vietnam, India, and many other countries.

In this guide, I explain what Alibaba Gold Suppliers are – and what they are not. I also explain how you can use the information made available in the TrustPass profile to your advantage. Continue reading Guide to Alibaba Gold Suppliers: What Importers Must Know

How to Order from Alibaba in 3 Steps

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Planning to order from Alibaba.com, but worried that something will go wrong? In this guide, we break down the entire process from initial supplier search to requesting quotations, and buying samples. We also explain the details of order management, including payments, quality inspections, lab testing, and shipping.
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Alibaba Request for Quotation (RFQ): A Complete Guide

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Learn how we can help you gather price and product data from Asian factories

The Alibaba RFQ service enables importers to quickly obtain free quotations for almost any product – within a day or two. This can save you countless hours as you don’t have to shortlist and contact suppliers one by one on your own.

In this guide, we explain what you must know before submitting an RFQ on Alibaba.com, and how to make sure that the quotations you eventually receive are reliable.

Overview

  • Preparing your Alibaba.com RFQ
  • RFQ process
  • Common mistakes and misconceptions
  • How do I know if my Alibaba RFQ was successful?
  • RFQs outside the Alibaba.com

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Importing Supplements from China: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import supplements from China to North America, Europe or Australia? In this comprehensive guide, we cover everything importers must know when procuring the following types of supplements:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Herbs
  • Acids
  • Dietary substances
  • Food additives
  • Protein
This is covered
  • Part 1: Supplement Manufacturers in China
  • Part 2: Supplement Regulations in the US, EU, and Australia
  • Part 3: Ordering Process
  • Part 4: List of Supplement Manufacturers in China

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Manufacturer Frauds in China: Case Studies & Prevention

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Hong Kong-based Björn Wahlström (Managing Director of Current Consulting) is a leading expert in risk management and investigations, involving manufacturers and other companies in China. In this guide, Björn shares his knowledge concerning different types of scams, prevention methods, and real-life case studies. Continue reading Manufacturer Frauds in China: Case Studies & Prevention

Alibaba.com Super September: What Importers Must Know

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Buyers and sellers have long relied on trade shows, both in the US and in Asia, to meet new suppliers (or customers), spot trends, and find new product ideas. As we all know, that all came crashing down in 2020. For the time being, your only option is to source products online.

That said, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to Alibaba.com Super September, you can actually get some of that trade show experience delivered to your home or office. It’s probably as close as you’ll get to a real virtual trade show.


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Keep reading, and learn what Alibaba.com Super September is all about and how you can join in.

This article is sponsored by Alibaba.com and written by Fredrik Gronkvist at Chinaimportal.com

What is Alibaba.com Super September?

Alibaba.com Super September can best be described as a virtual trade show. That has been attempted by a number of traditional trade show organizers, with mixed results. That said, Alibaba.com has taken this concept further as it already has the largest supplier and product databank, while they also extend offers on their services.

Let’s look into the details:

Live Product Demos

Live streaming really took off in Mainland China a few years ago in the B2C e-commerce world. That said, live streaming also works in the B2B world. As part of Alibaba.com Super September, more than 18000 live product broadcasts are scheduled to take place.

Highlighted Products

One of the key features of trade shows is to see new products and get an impression of the latest industry trends. As you already know, Alibaba.com is the world’s largest supplier databank. For some, it can even be overwhelming to find the right product – which is why Alibaba.com Super September highlights more than 2000 new products.

Waived Fees

Alibaba.com started out as a supplier directory but has evolved to become so much more. Today, Alibaba.com is already an end-to-end trade platform that enables you to not only find suppliers – but also pay your suppliers, book shipping, and arrange quality inspections.

Alibaba.com Super September also offers discounts on these services:

1. New buyers can save up to US$60 on transaction fees;

2. All buyers can save up to US$200 on Logistics by placing orders through Alibaba.com Freight

3. Enjoy 20% off third party inspection service fees on site

These discounts alone could end up saving you a few hundred dollars.

How can Alibaba.com Super September benefit my business?

Alibaba.com Super September is the closest you’ll get to a real trade show in 2020. If you’re looking for new product ideas or new suppliers, it’s the place to go.

Is Alibaba.com Super September free for buyers?

No, it doesn’t cost anything to attend Alibaba.com Super September. All you need to do is to log in or create a free account on Alibaba.com.

How long does Alibaba.com Super September last?

The online event lasts until September 30th.

Ready to get started?

Go to the Alibaba.com Super September portal now to get started:

  • Find new products
  • Find new suppliers
  • Get price quotations
  • Watch live streams and product demo videos
  • Get discounts on shipping and quality inspections

Everything Importers Need to Know About Alibaba.com Payment Terms

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Alibaba.com’s Payment Terms service allows importers in the US to order products with a small deposit upfront (typically 30% of order value), then pay off the balance (typically 70%) up to 60 days later.

This deferred payment service helps small businesses manage and improve their cash flow instead of having to tie up their capital right from the start.

The application process is simple, quick, and done completely online. There’s no need to submit paperwork or wait weeks for approval as it normally does when small businesses try to get loans approved to finance their product imports.

Keep reading, and learn how Alibaba.com Payment Terms – in this Q&A with Alibaba’s New York City office. Continue reading Everything Importers Need to Know About Alibaba.com Payment Terms

Biodegradable Packaging Manufacturers in China

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Many brands are shifting from plastic packaging to using biodegradable materials. In this guide, we cover various types of biodegradable materials made of foam, bioplastics, cardboard, mushrooms, seaweed, and textiles.

We also list some of China’s leading biodegradable packaging manufacturers for a wide range of products and industries. This includes food packaging, product packaging, and much more.

Supplier List

  • Dongguan Oemy Environmental Friendly Packaging
  • Jiangsu Yopack Packaging Technology
  • MST Packaging
  • Shanghai Yifu Packaging Products
  • Foshan DXC Packaging
  • Be Green Packaging
  • Hangzhou Mig Packaging
  • Tiantai Dingtian Packaging
  • Zhejiang Chaofan Commodity

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Alibaba Trade Assurance Explained: A Complete Guide

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Planning to pay your supplier via Alibaba Trade Assurance? In this guide, we explain what the Trade Assurance is, and how you can ensure that it works to your benefit. The key to success when using this payment service is understanding its terms and conditions.

This is covered:

  • What is Alibaba Trade Assurance?
  • How does Alibaba Trade Assurance protect buyers?
  • How do I pay through the Alibaba Trade Assurance platform?
  • Can I trust Alibaba Trade Assurance?
  • Which payment methods are available for Trade Assurance?
  • How much are the Trade Assurance fees?
  • Does Trade Assurance enable me to return products I am satisfied with?
  • Can all Alibaba suppliers offer Trade Assurance payments?

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How to Pay Suppliers on Alibaba: A Complete Guide

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Found a supplier on Alibaba but not sure how to pay them? In this guide, you will learn how to pay suppliers on the #1 supplier directory, both through the built-in Alibaba payment gateway and ‘off-platform’.

Keep reading and learn how you can pay suppliers by wire transfer, credit card and the secure payment system – and how you can claim a refund if the goods are not matching the product description.

In addition, you will also learn why a refund cannot always be taken for granted, and how you can prepare for, and win, a dispute.

This is covered

  • Telegraphic Transfer (Bank Transfer)
  • Alibaba Secure Payment (Escrow)
  • Alibaba Payment Links
  • Alibaba Payment Terms
  • Alibaba Online Transfer

Telegraphic Transfer (Bank Transfer)

Alibaba.com is a supplier directory – an online platform for finding factories and trading companies in China, and other countries around the world.

While Alibaba.com has in recent years expanded into providing payment solutions, most buyers go here to find suppliers and then continue business discussions elsewhere. Hence, the transactions are still for the most part made outside of the Alibaba.com ecosystem. That is likely to change in the future but is the case at the time of writing.

We often receive questions about ‘how to pay suppliers on Alibaba’, but the truth is that they are paid the same way as manufacturers that are not listed here – and that is mostly via telegraphic transfer. Continue reading How to Pay Suppliers on Alibaba: A Complete Guide