Hello, my name is Jane Wood. Today our topic is how to find a good boots factory. I spoke with Samlo Jonp, an experienced sourcing manager for a shoe company.
Here is the interview notes. I hope it’s helpful to you.
Jane: Hi Samlo, how many years have you been sourcing shoes?
Samlo Jonp:Hello Jane, I have been a shoe purchasing manager for 20 years. Our company is in New York, but we don’t have our own shoe factory. Overseas factories make all the products for us. So it is very important to find a good shoe supplier.
Jane: I know you are busy. I’ll cut my BS and get straight to the point. A friend wants to open a boot store, but I don’t know how to find a good boots supplier. Can you share your tips?
Samlo Jonp:Does your friend want to sell men’s boots or women’s boots?
Jane: She has no idea so far.
Samlo Jonp: I suggest she know the market and research the type of boot you need before starting her boot business.
Jane: How to know and research the shoe market?
Samlo Jonp: Research the boot your customer need. You should research the specific type of boot they need, including the material, size, and style. There is a very simple way. You can see what kind of boots on Amazon are the most popular. And you need to research reviews and feedback from the people who have purchased the type of boots. This will help you to get an idea of what they need.
If you think there is a bigger market for women’s boots than men’s boots, you can plan to run a women’s boot store. What are the popular women’s boot styles, Chelsea boots, chukka boots, combat boots, or hiking boots? You can compare the popularity and trends of these keywords through Google trends.
Jane: A very good way to understand market demand and products! Next, how should we find a good boots factory?
Samlo Jonp:You should find a list of local boots factories. You can search online for boots factories and make a list of the best-rated ones.
To find a list of local boot factories, you can start by searching online for “boots factories,” “boot manufacturer,” boots factory in China,” and “boots manufacturer in the USA. Many large boot manufacturers have websites you can use to get in touch with them. You can contact the company directly through their website or customer service department. You also can search for online forums and communities related to shoe and boot making to see if anyone has any recommendations. Also, you can go to some boot trade shows.
You can also use social media to find shoe confessions, such as Instagram. You can use the hashtag “BootsManufacturer” or “Boots ManufacturerInchina” to search for boots vendors. In the same way, you can search hashtage”sandals factory“, if you want to do women sandals business.
Jane: How to contact the factories?
Samlo Jonp:You should contact each of the factories on your list and inquire about their product offerings, pricing, and delivery times.
One of the best ways to inquire about product offerings, pricing, and delivery times from a boot factory is to contact them directly. Most factories have contact information listed publicly, such as a website, phone number, or email address. You can use this information to contact the factory and ask any questions that you may have. Additionally, many boot factories have customer service or sales representatives available who can provide more in-depth information and answer any specific questions that you may have.
Jane: How do you know it is a good boots factory?
Samlo Jonp: Many boot companies have their websites. You have to know the establishment time of this shoe company, the products shown on their website, and which big brands have cooperated with them. I will only choose such boots supplier:
●It has its official website.
●It starts for more than 25 years.
●It is working with some big brands.
You could also search for customer reviews on forums and other websites to get an idea of what people have experienced when dealing with a particular boot factory.You can ask the boot factories to send samples of their products to inspect and ensure they meet your quality standards.
Asking the boots factories to send you samples is important when considering buying a certain product. By having the samples sent to you, you can physically inspect the quality of the product and make sure that it meets your expectations.
Additionally, it allows you to compare the samples with other products and ensure that the boot factory provides you with the best quality product they can. Finally, having samples sent to you also allows you to get a better idea of the product’s size, fit, and comfort, which are all important factors when purchasing footwear.
Jane: How to negotiate with the boots factories to get the best price for your order?
Samlo Jonp: Negotiating with boot factories to get the best price for your order is a process that requires patience and research. First, you should research the market to find out the standard prices for the boot you are looking for. Once you understand the market prices, you should contact the boot factories directly and inquire about any available discounts. You can also negotiate with the factories to get a better price, such as if you are ordering in bulk or if you are willing to wait longer for the delivery. Finally, it can also be helpful to compare prices and offers from multiple factories to ensure that you are getting the best deal possible.
Generally speaking, I would choose a boots factory in China because there are more shoe suppliers in China. They produce good quality shoes at low cost. And they deliver on time.
Jane: After I choose a boots factory, how do I place an order with the factory?
Samlo Jonp:Once you have chosen the best boots factory for your order, you can place the order by contacting the manufacturer directly or visiting their website. If you are contacting them directly, you will need to provide them with all the necessary information, such as the item name, size, quantity, and other required details. Once the order is placed, the manufacturer will usually provide you with a confirmation email and tracking information so that you can follow the order’s progress.
After placing the order with the boots factory, you should follow up with them to ensure the production is going smoothly. You can contact the factory directly to inquire about the order’s status and ensure that it is being fulfilled promptly. Additionally, you should also keep an eye out for any changes or updates to the order and ensure that the factory can still meet your requirements. Suppose there are any issues with the production. In that case, you can contact the factory to negotiate a solution or cancel the order.
Jane: We learn a lot from these tips. Thank you very much for your time.
Samlo Jonp: I hope these tips can be helpful for you. If you have any other questions, just let me know. Thank you.
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