5 July 2007
One-Stop Sourcing Success(HKTDC Fashion - Leather Goods & Bags, Vol 03,2007)
Efficient 3-in-1 Platform
Looking for a trustworthy reliable partner that will take the hassle out of sourcing quality suppliers and products but don't have too much time to spare?
The total sourcing solution offered by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) helps you find the right suppliers easily and effectively.
The TDC's three product promotion channels - international trade fairs, product magazines and the www.tdctrade.com sourcing portal - are seamlessly combined and tightly integrated to maximise efficient sourcing.
Before visiting any of the 30 TDC trade fairs held in Hong Kong each year, you can:
- preview exhibits at www.tdctrade.com two months in advance
- enjoy an online matching service to identify the suppliers so you know exactly whom you need to meet during the fair
- prepare thoroughly by getting to know the fair specials, product and exhibitor highlights and fair details from TDC product magazines
- While at the fair, take the opportunity to drop by the Buyer's Lounge and:
- tell us your specific sourcing needs so that we can refer the right suppliers to you
- pick up a free product magazine
- relax and enjoy a free coffee while watching a demonstration on the latest features of www.tdctrade.com
After the fair is over, you can continue sourcing at www.tdctrade.com, which provides:
- free access to an extensive database with 100,000 reputable suppliers from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and around the world, including TDC trade fair exhibitors and product magazine advertisers
- supplier company profiles, product photos and specifications, trading activity information, production capability details and product and factory videos
- supplier references that enable you to identify potential partners by referring to facts and figures provided by third-party organisations such as Dun & Bradstreet business reports, PIERS' US import data (number and value of shipments to the US), GO-Business' Hong Kong export data (top three export countries/regions and top three export commodities), China export data (top three export countries/regions and value of shipments) supplied by Goodwill China and other supplier certifications
- a powerful search engine that lets buyers search by key word, region, product category and company/brand names, or fine-tune a search by suppliers' business nature and export market
- new product alerts for instant product updates in your interested categories
- a Super Sourcing Minds program that not only offers you the chance to win free trips to Hong Kong and earn fabulous prizes such as a notebook computer, smartphone, iPod or Amazon coupon by making sourcing enquiries on www.tdctrade.com, but also hotel sponsorships for visiting TDC trade fairs, free magazine subscriptions and complimentary research reports
In addition, sourcing through the TDC's 14 product magazines gives you the latest information on products from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and other manufacturing centres, as well as industry news, trade fair previews and reviews and market information.
TDC product magazines also contain full supplier Web contact details, giving you the opportunity to find out more about a supplier online by browsing through its web page on www.tdctrade.com.
Whatever the choice, the TDC's total sourcing solution is your first and most efficient choice when it comes to finding the right suppliers, precisely, efficiently and effectively.
TEXT BY JAMES PALMER