Getting the perfect furniture starts with asking the right questions. We’re here to help with this list of 13 questions to ask your furniture supplier.
As a wholesaler, it’s important to build strong relationships with your furniture supplier. Doing so means building trust, fostering good communication, and establishing expectations right off the bat.
To help you accomplish those goals, you need to know what to ask your furniture supplier when initiating the relationship. That will make it easier for you to provide your customers with the furniture that they’re looking for.
Our team has put together a quick list of 13 questions to ask your furniture supplier before you work with them. Let’s take a look!
1. Where Is Your Factory Located?
When thinking about what to ask a furniture salesperson, finding out where the factory is located should be a top priority. This will tell you important details such as how far the goods are being transported, what type of labor is going into them, and what the quality standards are.
2. When Are You Next Due for a Factory Audit?
Asking about factory audits is important because you need to make sure that the company is adhering to regulations and up-to-date with its equipment and processes. If their next factory audit is in the distant future or isn’t scheduled at all, they may not be sticking to regulations the way that they should.
3. Can We Use a Third-Party Inspector?
Make sure to ask your potential furniture supplier if you can use a third-party inspector to check over your products before paying for them. If the answer is ‘no’, there’s a good chance that there’s something sketchy going on here.
4. Do You Participate in Any Trade Shows?
Asking a furniture supplier if they participate in trade shows is a great way to get a better idea of what they’re doing in the community and what their work is like. If they tell you that they have participated in trade shows in the past, you. can do a quick Google search to get an idea of what that was like for them.
5. Can You Create a Sample?
One question to ask your potential wholesale furniture supplier is whether or not they can make a sample. Samples help you get a better idea of what type of work they do and how your finished products will turn out when you place an order with them.
6. Can You Provide Me With an Address?
You need to make sure that your chosen wholesale supplier has a physical address that you can visit and verify. If they are not able to give you an address or if it doesn’t match what’s on their registered site, that’s a big red flag.
7. How Many Workers Does Your Factory Employ?
While you might not realize it, you can tell a lot about a supplier based on how many workers they have. If they only have a few employees but have an extensive catalog, they’re not a scalable business. You want to be sure that you’re working with a team that can provide consistent and timely work.
8. Can You Provide Customer References?
References are a great way to make sure that you’re working with a company that’s legit. If they’re unwilling to provide you with reviews that you can verify, there’s a good chance that something’s not right.
9. What Can You Tell Me About the Company Owner?
Companies that are well-established will be able to provide you with a good deal of information about the founder and leadership of the company. And, they tend to be quite proud of their leadership. If the company isn’t as well-established, it may not have this information.
On top of that, knowing about the company leadership can help ensure that you’re working with a company that’s passionate about what they do. When company’s care about their work, it shows in the results.
10. What Is Your Total Overseas Sales?
Knowing about a company’s total overseas sales will give you a clearer picture of how well-established they are and what volume they’re used to handling. This is important for judging whether or not they’re a successful and established company that’s equipped to help you.
11. What Furniture Product Do You Mainly Sell to My Market?
Getting a good idea of what the company is used to selling to your market will help you see if they have expertise in the products you’re planning to sell. This is important for ensuring that your selected supplier will be a good fit for your company.
Plus, learning more about the company’s most popular furniture products will help you identify its strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be able to see if their niche aligns with yours.
12. What Product Do You Sell Best Globally?
It’s always important to know what your chosen supplier’s strengths and weaknesses are. Ask your potential wholesale supplier what product they sell most and which products are in global demand.
13. What Is Your Furniture Manufacturing Process Like?
Getting a better idea of the manufacturing process for a particular supplier will help you judge how well they’ll be able to assist you. It’s a great way to verify whether or not this will be a good fit.
Know How to Choose a Furniture Supplier
With these 13 questions, you’re ready to choose the best furniture supplier for your business. Making sure that you’re building strong connections and relationships upfront will help make things smoother for your business as you continue to work together.
If you’re in need of a furniture supplier who can meet and exceed your expectations, Jiahe Group is the way to go. Contact us today to learn more.