Our brand new feature the Supplier Database is a huge repository of suppliers that provides important information about their services and products so you can make the best decision when contacting manufacturers to source your product.
There are three ways you can do a search on the Database, by: Product, Company and Supplier. Let's explore the information you will see displayed for each of them!
Search by Product
When doing a search by Product you will have the option to set some filters after your first search. You can filter by the Country of origin by clicking the dropdown menu and choosing the countries there, add a minimum and maximum of Total Shipments as well as a minimum or maximum of Total Customers.
The results will show a list of the suppliers that source that specific product. They will be sorted by the highest percentage match score based on your search term, which means you will normally see the suppliers that match 100% the product search at the very top. (If you want to know more about how the Match score is calculated, you can read this article.)
On top of the match score, you will have the manufacturer name and below that, you can see their physical address. If you like what you see so far, you can click the Search for Contact Info button, a Google search will open in a new tab to verify and look for the company's online contact information.
Below you have more important details such as the Total Shipments the company has made into the United States since then, the Total Customers they have shipped to inside the United States and a list of the Top Customers they ship to. This data goes back as far as 2014.
The Manufactured Products graph will show you what type of items they manage on their catalog and you can see what are the products they ship or handle the most.
If you click the > View More option, it will display the supplier's entire Shipment History per month, you can hover over the graph to see the detailed information by month or check the Shipment Information chart. This includes and can be sorted by the following: Date, Buyer Name, Description, HS Code, Weight (kg), and Quantity.
The system will display 10 results per page and you can move through these by clicking on the arrows above.
Search by Company
This is a great way to stay on top of your competition! You can dig in and find the suppliers that your competitors use to get to know more about them.
When using this option and to get better results, make sure you enter your competitor's full legal name. We also added an integration to help you with this type of search, the system will look up your search term and recommend the parent company’s legal entity name if it is trademarked. You will see the message right below with a link for you to click the recommendation instead:
If you are still having problems to get a result, you can read more about other ways to find a Company's legal name on this great article.
On the results, you will have the company's name and their address right below, the Total Imports they have received since 2014 and who are their Top Suppliers. The graph to the right will show you the Imported Products and a percentage, so you know what their best sellers are.
Click on the > View More option to display the Shipment History and information mentioned above.
Search by Supplier
If you have a supplier you are interested in contacting, add their name on the search box and review their information to decide if you want to reach out for costs and samples.
When doing a search by supplier you will have the option to set some filters. You can filter by the Country of Origin by clicking the box and a dropdown menu will appear for you to choose from, add a minimum and maximum of Total Shipments or a minimum or maximum of Total Customers. And you can also remove any of these if you click the Clear Filters button.
Once you get your results you can verify the supplier name and right below their physical address to make sure this is the supplier you are looking for.
When you click the Search for Contact Info button, a Google search will open in a new tab to verify the company, and contact information they have online, if you are considering getting in touch with them.
Then you can see the Total Shipments the company has made into the United States since then, the Total Customers they have shipped to inside the United States and a list of the Top Customers they ship to. This data also goes back as far as 2014.
The graph to the right will show you the products they manufacture so you know their biggest strengths as well.
Click on the > View More option to display the Shipment History information explained previously.
For more information about how to use all of this data to find the best supplier check out this article: How to use the data in the Supplier Database to find the best supplier