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Using SaleHoo for a Retail Business

Using SaleHoo for a Retail Business: Finding suppliers to add new inventory to your brick and mortar retail store.

Are you looking for new suppliers to add to the inventory of your brick and mortar retail store? While we specialize in helping people build successful online businesses, SaleHoo can also help those who own physical retail stores by connecting them with trusted suppliers who can source winning products.

Our advanced search tools help you quickly filter through tens of thousands of products, as well as over 8,000 trusted suppliers worldwide. We show you which products are trending, which suppliers are selling them, and provide you with easy access to contact them right away.

Let us show you how SaleHoo can help get you connected with the right suppliers for your business.

Searching for Specific Products

If you already have a retail store established, chances are you have a specific brand that you are trying to expand upon. Adding new items to your current inventory is an easy process with SaleHoo Directory. Here’s how it’s done.

Let’s suppose you own a retail shop that sells candles and home fragrances. You’re located in North America and would like to find a supplier close enough to you to keep shipping costs as low as possible.

Within SaleHoo Directory, begin by doing a keyword search for “home fragrance.” You’ll be presented with results that are pulled from the inventory lists of our trusted suppliers. From here, you can filter your search by item category, supplier type, shipper location, minimum order cost, tax ID requirements, and whether or not the supplier ships worldwide.

In the picture below we’ve filtered our search to North American wholesalers. Since you are trying to find products for your retail establishment, you’ll want to focus on wholesale suppliers, but may also choose manufacturers or liquidators depending on your business model.

Above we can see that the filtered search has pulled up 123 different items relating to home fragrances and 27 suppliers. You can also change the view of your search results by switching between the “Products” or “Suppliers” tab. From here, pick the item that most interests you and contact the supplier for more details.

Once you’ve found the suppliers that you are interested in, you’ll want to review their websites and contact them for more information around delivery times, potential shipping fees, price negotiations, sample products, and more.

SaleHoo makes contacting suppliers incredibly easy. We provide you with the phone numbers and emails of suppliers, and have recently launched a new chat feature where you can chat directly with available suppliers. This provides the perfect way to keep in touch with suppliers while you are on the go.

SaleHoo Tip: Need some advice on how to communicate with suppliers like an eCommerce pro? Check out this helpful article and contact suppliers with confidence.

We also try to provide as much information about the supplier as possible, so that you can feel comfortable when making first contact with them and building a relationship. Information such as warehouse address, minimum order requirements, years in business, and company website, in addition to a general overview, will help you find the supplier that is right for you.

Nevertheless, always keep in mind that with any business, things can change quickly, so be sure to contact suppliers for the most up-to-date information.

SaleHoo Tip: Suppliers don’t typically advertise their cheapest prices online, so we highly encourage you to contact them, explain what you are looking for and discuss your pricing expectations. Be sure to plan ahead for any shipping fees, sample products, freight forwarding services, etc.

Now that you’ve contacted a few suppliers, give them 2-3 days to respond and select the one that suits you best. You can arrange for the supplier to ship the products directly to your store or to any other warehouse facility that you may have established. It’s that simple!

Searching for Trending Products

If you have an established retail store and would like to add to your inventory, but are not sure what new products are trending within your niche, once again SaleHoo Directory has you covered!

When you become a SaleHoo Directory member you will also have instant access to SaleHoo Labs.

SaleHoo Labs is a powerful online research tool that taps into the largest eCommerce websites from around the world to show you the hottest trending products on the market. It’s a great way for you to add winning products to your store and stay ahead of market trends. You can filter your product search by product type, sell rate percentage, average price, strength of competition, and data source, allowing you to hone in on the perfect product ideas for your store.

To get ideas for sourcing new products, simply browse through the list of items resulting from your filtered search. Once you find a product you like, we show you potential suppliers for that item and even similar listings, which can be super useful when expanding a brand.

You’ll find links to the supplier’s SaleHoo profile page and website that will allow you to dive deeper into their product selection and as always, we provide you with contact information so that you can easily request more in-depth info.

After you’ve decided on an item that will work for your store and have received requested information from your chosen supplier, you are ready to work with them to have the items shipped and prepped for resale.

SaleHoo does not just focus on helping entrepreneurs build online businesses. We are committed to helping anyone looking to find trusted suppliers so that they can start or expand a business that can lead to financial freedom. There are many different business models that can be followed, but with SaleHoo Directory we've tried to cover them all.

Take a tour of our Directory to learn how it can help you grow the business of your dreams.

SaleHoo Tip: With over 8,000 trusted suppliers in our directory you are bound to find a supplier that works for you, but if not, reach out to our superstar Customer Success Team and we can help members perform a custom supplier search.

Updated on: 30/11/2021

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