After its successful launch in 2011, Global Sources’ first U.S. based China Sourcing Fair has become an annual event. This July 10 to 12, Asian based manufacturers of consumer products and buyers, primarily from the North and Latin American markets, will come together again at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL. “We are expecting the show’s population to nearly double. Last year we had about 600 to 650 manufacturers and suppliers, and this year we are expecting 800,” says Bill Janeri, general manager at Global Sources. “We also had about 7,000 attendees, and we are expecting this number to increase as well.”
China Sourcing Fair Miami Repeating Success
North and Latin American retailers will have the opportunity to conduct face-to-face evaluations, as well as discuss direct sourcing with many of these manufacturers. Exhibitors will be organized on the tradeshow floor based on the original six categories, which include electronics, baby and children’s products, home products, gifts and premiums, fashion accessories, garments and textiles, plus an additional seventh category, hardware and building materials. Buyers can also diversify their supply base with new manufacturers from India. With inventive suppliers in various industries, the new India Sourcing Fair (additional venue) in Miami can help add variety to any product line. Janeri ensures retailers looking to buy directly from the manufacturer, “We look to serve all buyers at the China Sourcing fair, from big to medium to small. Along with big and medium sized buyers, these manufacturers are happy to meet smaller buyers, who typically spend thousands of dollars a month.”
For those less experienced in the operations of direct sourcing, the China Sourcing Fair offers a one day seminar series, “How to Source from China.” Presented by Mike Bellamy, chairman of China Sourcing Information Center, the seminar will provide a forum for buyers to gain insights on product quality control, logistics, and supplier payment strategies, as well as boost knowledge on greater China’s supply markets.
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