GDW Inc. helps customers bring goods into the US every day. And we also accept shipments and products sent via external importers and shippers as well. We prepare your goods for whatever sales channels you sell on. Since we ship volumes and accept volumes of goods we find a lot of common mistakes that end up costing money and time for the importer. In an effort to help explain these common mistakes, AND so you can insure you are not one of the statistics… we are putting together a series of blog posts and videos on those common issues that can cost you time and money.
Each week I am trying to update everyone on my apparently audacious goal this year, which was to set out at the end of January to go directly to China, source a bunch of products, get them on a boat before Chinese New Year, get them back to the US, and launched before I leave to go back to China at the end of March or less than 60 days. That is like launching 1 product a day for 50 days.
To bring you up to speed. We did successfully get to China and got most of our orders on the boat before CNY. It actually went to sea on 2/1/16 and made it to our warehouse in 41 days from shipping. We did get samples for all but 1 of my product shipped to me via DHL from our warehouse in China. So we have been doing all the work leading up to the arrival and prep of the products.
We all are looking for ways to speed up the arrival of our products from our manufacturers. Some of us want to be in control of the shipments insuring we know what is happening and when our product will arrive and be available for sale.
If your using a door to door service like DHL, UPS, FedEx that works great and you pay a huge premium for that. Ultimately double the cost of shipping by freight and ocean. But Freight services move even higher levels of cargo and are more complex to navigate and insure things are happening on time.