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Following us about the signs of a good private label manufacturer? Let us continue with our next two pointers.

#7: Good communication skills

Most of the private label sellers nowadays generally source suppliers from other countries who may speak a different language from them/ use the language of communication only as a second language, so having good clear, precise skills in getting your requests over to suppliers is of utmost importance. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it surprises us just how many private label sellers can break off relationships with their suppliers due to miscommunication problems.

The next time you engage a supplier who speaks a different language from you, do make sure that they really understand what you are talking about. Don’t assume that they know – some supposedly-common terms have an entirely different meaning/context in the different cultures. Hire outside help if you are really unsure, especially if you are asking product questions or communicating product modification. Trust us, that will really save you a lot of trouble and frustration to come later.

#8: Holding a valid export license

Another important factor to look out for in a good private manufacturer is to check if the manufacturer has a valid export license. In some countries like China, it is against the law to export products (ship them overseas) without a license. This may seem troublesome, but in actual fact, it helps to have such a practice. After all, if a manufacturer has an authority-recognized, valid export license, it will mean that they are experienced in handling the export process, and be able to help smooth things out for you should things get difficult during the shipping process.

In the case that your potential manufacturer does not have an export license, you will have to engage a third-party trading company to help them export the product. Needless to say, this will add a layer of bureaucracy and additional fees, but there is no right or wrong in this matter, so it’s up to you to choose whether you want to work with such private label manufacturers.

Interested? Stay tuned as we introduce the other factors/tell-tale signs of a good private label manufacturer!

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