How To Contact A Manufacturer
Once you have established a solid business plan and understand your business needs, it’s now time to start your search for a manufacturing partner. The first thing you need to know is what type of factory are you looking for. If you are looking for apparel manufacturing, it’s important to know some of the key terms that can help you with your production process. Once you have learned all of the lingo and technical terms it’s now time to take your search to the internet. One of the best ways to find a manufacturer is through online directories. Directories contain over thousands of manufacturers, suppliers, and wholesalers. You can do this through hashtags and some keywords that relevant to what you're searching for .
Getting in contact with a factory is not always easy. When reaching out, it is important for the factory to know who you are and what your brand is. It’s best to keep it simple and brief. State the name of your brand, your main product, and what you’re looking to produce. It’s also important to include a techpack when reaching out. If you don’t have a techpack, provide a detailed description of the product you are trying to produce. The following is a list of important things you might want to include about your product when reaching out:
An estimated budget.
Images or sketches of your product.
Your exact needs such as materials, production, sample making, and drafting.
What is your current process status and what you need help with.
State if you require a business consultation.
Factory requirements such as location and the can do end-to-end development.
After you have contacted a manufacturer it’s important to have a good relationship with them. Be very respectful when communicating and keep all your things organized. Furthermore, it’s good to keep track of all the factories you have contacted. Factories are often very busy and you may have to follow up with them multiple times after your first reach out.