Looking for hair extension suppliers in China? In this article, we provide an overview of some of China’s leading hair extension factories, and answer some of the most common questions about importing hair products:
How to get free samples
Sourcing on Alibaba.com and Globalsources
Canton fair and other trade shows
Shanghai Ocean Int’l Corp.,Ltd
Shanghai Ocean Int’l Corp., Ltd was founded in 2010 as a manufacturer and exporter of hair extensions and other related products. The company is based in Shanghai, where they own a 1000 sqm factory.
They export almost 95% of their products to different countries, offering OEM, OBM, and ODM services to their clients. In addition, they also have their own brand by the name of “Quercy”.
They offer a wide range of hair products that include:
High quality wigs
Synthetic extensions and wigs
Clip on hair
Buyers can also choose from different types and styles of hair extensions.
They have a staff of more than 100 employees with a monthly capacity of 20,000 pieces a month.
They also accept buyer’s specifications for custom-made orders.
Address: Room 2505, Zhong He Financial Building, No. 1220 Zhoujiazhui Road, Shanghai, Shanghai, China (200082) Continue Reading →
Understanding import duties, customs fees, VAT and other taxes is crucial when importing products from China. However, each country or market (i.e., the EU) have their own customs duty rates and tax calculation methods.
In this article, we explain what every Importer must know about custom & taxes when importing products to the following countries / markets.
Product liability insurance for Importers (sometimes called Import liability insurance) can save you from financial ruin, in case your products would be the case of injury or property damage.
Falling back on your supplier is never an option, so get used to the fact that you will be on your own to deal with possible product liability claims in the future.
This is covered:
What is covered by a product liability insurance?
What is not covered?
For what kind of products is an insurance necessary?
Do I need a product liability insurance to sell on Amazon?
Can I get an insurance for the US if I sell in another country?
We also provide a list of companies offering product liability insurance products in the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
What is product liability insurance?
A product liability insurance can protect your business against personal injury or property damage claims. If you sell a product that, for any reason, harms a customer or damage property, the insurance covers legal and court fees.
With a product liability insurance, you are unprotected. Injury or damage claims can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s practically impossible to be completely certain that your products don’t pose any risk whatsoever to your customers – regardless of how many quality checks and lab tests you do.
These are a few examples what might go wrong:
a. Li-ion battery powered devices: Fire hazard, explosion hazard
b. Children’s products: Choking hazard
c. Furniture: Fire hazard
d. Apparel: Choking hazard
e. Food contact materials. Food and beverage contamination hazard
Wouldn’t be great if you could just skip wasting your time on Alibaba.com or trade shows, and go straight to a supplier making goods for Apple or Disney?
Clearly, quality products are manufactured in China. If you could only get hold of a ‘big brand supplier, you’d be set for life. No more quality issues or delays. Quality goods, on time, every time. Just like Apple does it.
At least that’s what many buyers imagine. Reality is actually quite different, as I explain in this week’s article.
But first I’ll show how you can actually identify suppliers of major brands, or spy on your competitors – using online tools and other methods.
1. Official supplier lists
Some brands publish their supplier lists on their websites, while others operate databases with supplier details. Apple, for example, maintain regularly updated supplier lists on their website.
However, they don’t provide contact details, or information about which components they subcontract to listed suppliers.
Importgenius.com helps Importers access US customs shipping records, which reveal the following information:
Importer (in the United States)
Supplier (for example, in China)
In theory, this means that you can identify which suppliers your competitor is buying from – and large companies like Disney and Adidas. However, shipping records only cover goods that are imported or exported.
Big companies often use trading companies, with names that don’t resemble that of the parent company. As such, you can’t find data on many large companies, as they use completely unrelated company names on the importer of record.
As shipping records don’t track domestic transactions, it’s relatively easy for companies to keep their supplier network secret.
Notice that Importgenius.com only provides US shipping records. Hence, you cannot access records in the EU, Australia or other places.
Importgenius.com plans start from US$99 per month.
Panjiva.com home page
Panjiva.com is similar to Importgenius.com, in the sense that they provide shipping data. However, they go further than that, as they also provide detailed information about suppliers.
Bill of Lading
Container Info (Value, etc.)
Product Classifications (HS Codes, etc.)
Company Info (Revenue, location, etc.)
Parent Company & Subsidiaries
Part Data (Port of Loading and Destination)
Panjiva is not only providing US trade data, but also from other countries, including:
Their basic plan starts from US$150 per month.
4. Look for big brand references on Alibaba and Globalsources
Some suppliers listed on Alibaba.com and Globalsources.com advertise that they make products for major brands, such as H&M, Zara and Nike. It’s relatively easy to find such suppliers when sourcing online.
In that sense, the average ‘big brand supplier’ is more sophisticated than smaller manufacturers.
That said, many of these manufacturers are part of large international conglomerates, that only work with other large businesses.
You can’t go to Foxconn and pitch an idea for a new electronic widget, if you’re looking to buy a few hundred units. Suppliers of that size will not consider anything but orders counted in the millions of dollars.
Finding a ‘brand supplier’ is rarely even an option for startups and small businesses.
Aren’t there exceptions?
Yes, there are many smaller factories that do get orders from Wal-Mart and other big buyers. But, you are not Walmart.
You don’t have the same quality assurance processes as they do, or the buying power to make the supplier treat your orders the same as theirs.
A common misconception among smaller importers is that everything will work out perfectly once they find that amazing supplier.
But, the outcome is only partly dependent on the sophistication of the supplier. What matters more is, as I just mentioned, the quality assurance processes of the buyer.
A qualified supplier and an organized buyer can achieve great things together. However, even the best supplier will fail to live up to the expectations of a disorganized buyer.
DR.W. signed up for the Starter Package in late 2017. Today, they have successfully developed a new types of watch that can be used as a wristwatch, and a pocketwatch.
Keep reading, and learn how they went from idea, to supplier sourcing and working prototype.
At the time of writing, they are also getting ready for their Kickstarter campaign. One reason is obviously to raise funds, but crowdfunding today is as much about funds, as it is about exposure and proof of concept – before a wider product launch.
Reinder and David, please tell us a bit about yourself and what you did before you started DR.W.
Thank you for the introduction Fredrik and ‘hello’ to all the readers.
We are from the Netherlands where we grew up in the same northern region and went to the same university.
We got to know each other about seven years ago when we both started our first job, a traineeship, for a Dutch multinational.
We both had an interest in watches and found out that we had a shared dream of creating our own watch at some time. Although it took some time we are eventually getting there!
So, why did you choose to launch a watch brand?
So we both had this shared goal to create a special watch at a certain moment since we both like watches. Reinder collected many different watches over time. David, at the other hand, was still looking for that perfect watch that he could not find.
We brainstormed about how our ‘perfect watch’ could look like and how we could make it really special.
Eventually, after a couple of years, we were inspired by a real-life problem that Reinder’s brother faced during work. He works in a hospital and is not allowed to wear wrist watches for hygienic reasons.
Alternative timekeepers (for example pocket watches) are limited in choice and also medics might like to wear a wrist watch outside work. Therefore, we came up with a new watch concept that allows you to switch from a wristwatch to a pocket watch (and reverse) in just a few seconds!
Why do we think our watch is made for everyone? Because it is fashionable and it will fit basically every dress code.
Because it will suit all practical occasions, including hygienic restrictions. Because it is a timepiece representing the history of the watch. And, last but not least, because we believe it looks great! Switch your style in just a few seconds! Continue Reading →
Importers are facing more pressure from customers to ensure that their products are, at least to a certain extent, ethically produced.
However, actively monitoring working conditions in a country far away, costs millions of dollars. In other words, ensuring social compliance in China is out of reach for any company that’s not on the Fortune 500.
That’s where BSCI and Sedex comes in.
What is BSCI?
Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a system meant to make supply chains more transparent and fair.
A Hong Kong or Mainland China based fulfilment center can help you distribute products directly from the factory to customers all over the world.
In this article, we list the leading China based fulfillment centers, including Floship, Easyship, Exchain, Shipwire and others.
In addition, we also cover the following:
1. Potential tax issues with cross border ecommerce fulfillment
2. When does it make sense to use a fulfillment center in Hong Kong or Mainland China?
3. Should you select a fulfillment center in Hong Kong or Mainland China?
What is a fulfillment center?
Fulfillment center offers ecommerce merchants warehousing (storage) and shipping services, that allow online businesses to operate without owning their own warehouse or physical storage space.
Sellers, or ecommerce merchants can directly send their inventory to the fulfillment center from where it is shipped to their customers.
Most fulfillment centers are integrated with ecommerce marketplaces and platforms like Amazon (which also operate their own fulfilment centers, Shopify, and eBay, making it easier for merchants to manage inventory and delivery products. Continue Reading →