The Canton Fair is absolutely the best way to connect with reliable suppliers for your private label business. Because the fair occurs twice per year, we often encounter students who want to know whether the April or October fair is better for their specific needs. We always tell them that April is the best time to go, for several reasons. Here are the top 5:
Keep in mind that the Canton Fair was created with retailers in mind, and not online sellers. Retailers often purchase up to one year in advance, but your private label company needs up-to-the minute products, right?
The newest, hottest products are introduced at the April Canton Fair. This means you’re more likely to find items that no one else has offered, which gives you a jump on the competition. You’ll have a larger selection of items to choose from, giving you options that won’t normally get when you attend the October fair.
You can start preparing now for next year’s holiday season. It’s hard to even imagine thinking about the 2019 holiday season, but the April Canton Fair is the absolute best time to start making your inventory plans.
When you attend the fair in October, you have to contend with the many and various holidays that will disrupt delivery between your China trip and the new year. In fact, even if you do find new products in October to introduce to your private label business line, you probably won’t receive them in time. That’s why you want to go to the April fair with us!
You can find the products you want, start making connections with reliable suppliers, and get your plans set with plenty of time to spare before the holiday shopping rush of 2019 hits.
Your Amazon knowledge will get you nowhere in China at the Canton Fair. This is where an understanding of international business is the most important tool you’ll have in your toolbox. Fortunately for you, our team includes native-speaking guides, special international importing and exporting training classes, and connections with the manufacturers you need to grow your business.
We only provide this specialized training for online sellers in April because of the nature of the private labeling business. You can still join us in October if you choose, but keep in mind that October is the time for brick-and-mortar stores to make connections in China, so you won’t receive the same targeted instruction and assistance.
You’ll spend less time and money getting your new inventory ready after a trip to the Canton Fair during April. The reason for this is, of course, that building relationships in April with your Chinese suppliers gives you the chance to make real connections without losing time due to the many Chinese holidays you’d encounter after an October trip.
You can also focus on getting your inventory selected and imported with plenty of time to spare for the holidays. Without that additional time that attending in April gives you, you could end up spending a lot of time, money, and trouble rushing your shipments to have them ready for the holidays.
We’ll be there! We’d never recommend that anyone attend the Canton Fair on their own, whether you choose to go in April or October. You should also fully investigate any other companies that offer guidance at the fair, as no one else promises the same level of training, relationship building, and one-on-one support that we offer with our trip.
When you attend the fair with our group, you’ll receive specialized education on doing business in China. We also provide guides that speak the language, so you’ll never be left without the answers you need.
If you’re ready to sign up, you should do so quickly! We only have two spots left for our April trip. If you don’t register in time, be sure to join the waiting list. We’ll be sure to let you know if a spot opens up for you.
We look forward to traveling with you soon!