Even though you’re running an online business, it’s important to understand that building supplier relationships is one of the most important success factors you can have!
There are many ways to locate legitimate wholesales suppliers. Trade shows and trade publications to name a few!
Suppliers are motivated to work with sellers who know how to move their merchandise. So once you make that supplier connection, don’t treat your supplier like an anonymous vendor. Spend some time building a relationship with them.
It won’t happen overnight, but the more you get to know them and they get to know you and the needs of your business, the stronger your relationship will become.
As a supplier gets to know you, the more likely it is that they’ll want to work with you. You’ll also be first in mind when it comes to letting their accounts know about the good deals, new products and special purchases.
When you initiate contact with a new supplier, focus not only on finding out what the supplier has to offer you, but make it a two-way street. Suppliers are in business to sell their products, just like you are. But ultimately, product sourcing is a people business (just like any other business). And as you build supplier relationships, you’ll find that your effort and investment will be returned ten-fold.