My First Time Manufacturing Overseas Was a Learning Experience

My first attempt with an overseas manufacturer was a catastrophe. I discovered the company online, but I was so eager to expand that I took a chance. Despite the manufacturing taking place in China, an English – speaking specialist was accessible. He lived within the United States and seemed knowledgeable about the type of product I was presenting. I thought his method sounded pretty direct, so after we talked about the exact terms, I agreed to move along in the process.

Since I did not know the best possible questions to ask, I could not predict the chaos that was waiting for me. 2000 units showed up at my doorstep, printed incorrectly, and falling apart. I had prearranged to reveal this item at my first trade show, shortly after the packages arrived, so my partner and I sat up all night trying to stick the boxes back together manually. I couldn’t resettle the print work, so I appeared anyway and made the most of it.

What I discovered from this encounter, was that unless you’re beginning with vital connections, or you’re unimaginably fortunate, it’s not likely that you’ll find an ideal combination for your product from your first time contacting a manufacturer. Eventually, you’ll have to acknowledge that there is a massive possibility that things might not work out. To decrease the chances of something terrible happening, anticipate and rearrange your business model around them.

I realised late in the game that my first manufacturer wasn’t the best fit for me. After assessing several developers abroad, I chose another. This decision was based on conversations with people, with knowledge in this area. It turns out, the methods we needed to improve our product’s packaging, were readily available for less in South America. The moral of the story is, never hesitate to speak with other designers and developers. Some may have had similar experiences, and have probably already discovered a solution.