Production Steps You Can’t Fall Asleep On
The production process is one of the most crucial times during your physical product business, but why do so many sellers straight up fall asleep at the wheel? We have lots of great tips about this coming up in this episode of the Amazon Seller Podcast!
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Welcome to the Amazon Seller Podcast. My name is Nathan Slamans, and I am joined today by Andy Slamans, who is in Vegas right now ready to meet up with Liran Hirschkorn who is attending SellerCon 2019.
SellerCon is actually one of the first folks who started a private label training course in the Internet space. This conference is interesting and will have a lot of big name speakers coming. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and a few other big names. I’m looking forward to their presentations, but like all conferences, for me, the real exciting part is talking to other sellers and getting to know them, hearing their business models and sharing best practices.
Liran has actually already been here for two days and so he’s very pumped. He’s talked to a number of folks that he’s never met before and he’s heard some different business models. So I’m looking forward to that.
Production Follow-Up Sequence
So today we’re going to be talking about a really important topic. Uh, this is something Andy, you and I have kind of been dealing with, especially you over the last six to 12 months getting new products in. And that’s kind of the order followup sequence working with your supplier to make sure, uh, that production goes well. I mean, when it comes to production, there is a lot of things that can go wrong. And I think we see a lot of mistakes that sellers make, um, and don’t file kind of a checklist or best practices when it comes to production.
Our 6 steps come from an article we recently read in Asiaction. Asiaction is a sourcing agency in Guangzhou, China that creates a bridge between Chinese factories and foreign buyers. Asiaction makes it easy to buy from any Chinese factory. Asiaction was founded by Gael Tauvel and Aurelien Hivonnet in 2008. It includes a team of dynamic and dedicated purchasers and project managers.
So if you’re interested in learning more about these steps, check out the summary of this article:
Product Step #1:
How often should I follow up with suppliers during the production process?
Production Step #2:
What questions should I ask in order follow-up calls or emails?
Production Step #3:
Should I request images and video from the production?
Production Step #4:
What’s the best strategy to verify that my supplier gets my product right (e.g. materials, colors, and dimensions)?
Production Step #5:
Let’s say that I find out that they got a color or material wrong halfway through production. How do you suggest that I deal with that?
Production Step #6:
Can I trust that the supplier will report quality issues, or do I need an independent production inspection to be sure?
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