So in an effort to have a slightly more serious sounding business name when answering the phone we have changed the name of our sourcing company to Fetch China. This has timed well with moving into our new central business district office location and the opening of our second factory here (more on that later)
We have a new logo, new website and a new order management software system with the aim of providing a really simple way for people to buy from China and hopefully teaching them how to import successfully.
As you can see from the layout it’s very simple, that’s the idea. It’s the front end for our custom coded online order management software allowing you to talk directly with our staff here about your order while we search hundreds of factories on your behalf. The basic idea is that you get 2 of our staff here essentially working for you in China helping you source products, negotiate prices and ship the items to your door using our factory contacts and group buying power. If you have been scratching your head a bit and searching for how to import from China without all the headaches then this may be what you have been looking for. Why not head to www.fetchchina.com to familiarise yourself with it?
There is also a video section where at the moment you can see a little introduction video to FetchChina. I plan to add some how to videos here that may be helpful to those of you looking to import and make money from china.
As you can see this new office is a little bigger than our last mainly because our team here has grown from 3 to 23 in the 18 months I have been operating from here. This time has seen some huge growing pains mainly due to the fact I have been extremely busy both on my own projects and helping other people with theirs.
I remember when I first came here I visited some friends offices where they had 30 staff all sat there doing single tasks each and I didn’t get it. Well now I do, it seems the staff here work a lot better when responsible for one task so you end up needing a lot more staff to form something of a working unit rather than a small team of multitasking individuals. Everyone in our team plays an important role in ensuring that we can get what we need done here as efficiently as possible.
As usual I picked up some great deals on the kit for the office, I have a couple of great furniture factories we use and would love to set up a furniture drop ship company in the UK at some point in the future, I think something like that could be great?
With the Fetch site now being home for our sourcing business this youngmoneychina site will go back to a “how to” blog providing free help, tips and advice for people looking for how to import from China and hopefully help them make money from China in the long run. I really enjoy writing these blogs, I hope I can find time to write more.
The clothing factory has been doing well and I just set up this little “photo studio” set up to take photos of our range and compile them onto a new website which will be done in a few weeks. I bought the domain name clothesfactorychina.com because it’s pretty keyword rich, I will likely come up with a more catchy name that points to it as well.
Along with producing garments for third parties we have been producing our own and have a couple of brand names that we have enjoyed creating ranges for.
We have a great team of eBay and amazon resellers now along with some larger buyers who have really helped grease the wheels on this project. We have also more recently been producing none garment products in our clothing factory which has opened up some new and exciting doors. We are always looking for new people to work with so if you are interested in making money from China but don’t know how, just drop me a line.
There is a lot of hype on the internet about garment production moving out of China due to rising labour costs. While this may be seen as an issue for some places I can’t see how it will affect us. A lot of fabrics are much cheaper and easier to buy here than elsewhere in the world and I feel that only some garments would be cheaper to produce elsewhere. The skilled labour here is actually very good, any complex garments will likely be cheaper to produce here. The infrastructure here coupled with the vast availability of materials and accessories means that the whole process just runs much more smoothly. Teamed with the fact that we don’t have any slack in our chain from factory to sale means we really have fewer mouths to feed. I think if we were supplying H&M with plain white cotton t-shirts then we may have a very tight margin to compete with and need to look at Bangladesh to save that 0.03 usd per unit but were just not in that position.
I guess the keen eyed of you already know we have been putting together our second factory here now for the past 5 months. A really big project that has taken up pretty much all of my time and just about every other resource imaginable. Buying the clothing factory last year, though only a small project, gave me the confidence to take on a much bigger task like this and the mistakes I made there have taught me the important lessons not to make them again this time round. The factory is now complete and open for business. How has it gone? Well I will write up a full report on it shortly. For now here is the empty 16,000 square feet factory unit we moved into a few months ago and is now home to our brand new state of the art foam recycling plant and manufacturing facility. Anyway I won’t talk about it now or I won’t have anything to say in the next blog post.
That’s all for this post, I better get back to work. Hope you guys have had a successful few months, and here’s hoping we all continue to move forwards.
I also made a facebook page a couple of days ago that i will try to keep updated every few days so you can keep up to date with what im doing, if your bored? facebook.com/FetchChina