Attending a textile sourcing trade show can be really daunting and frustrating, especially if this is your first time. You can see there are so many kinds of textile suppliers surrounding you and don’t know where to start and how to source better. Don’t worry, here are 4 tips for you.
1. plan ahead
It’s great to plan by creating a list of must-haves and priorities. These will definitely help focus on the most important textile and suppliers and save your valuable time.
For us, nowadays we focus on textiles-made pet products. In order to guarantee great quality and a negotiable price, sourcing textile material and finding the original factories is also a big part of our job. So in this textile sourcing trade show, our priorities are pet clothes/ beds textile material.
2. do research
it’s essential to do your research, you need to know what textiles are popular, what colors are in styles and what trends are emerging. Even you also want to know how different fabrics are produced.
For us today, we aim at eco-friendly fabric materials, following a few customers’ requirements from America and Australia. This order was already well taken care of, but still, a textile sourcing trade show is a really excellent opportunity to learn about trends, and the products and explore more good factories.
There are a few different ways to do your research.
Scour fashion magazines
Talk to fabric manufacturers and suppliers
3. prepare questions
When you walk into a textile sourcing trade show vendor booth, you should probably also ask a few important questions to get the most out of your experience.
Here are a few examples: (click the video for more details explaining)
4. follow up after the show
As we all know, in china, GuanXi(关系) is always the key to a better deal. So usually I would do a few small things to give a good connection with valuable supplies.
First, try to send a Thank-You-Note on WeChat or email to the supplier and thank them for their time at the textile sourcing trade show, this will show you value their time and you are interested in working with them, and probably they’ll give you a better deal.
Second, ask for any information you may have missed during the trade show, this will help you better understand their products and service.
Finally, send feedback about their samples and ask for the factory’s touring.