142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas

Product Startup

Sep 21 2022 • 27 mins

Mike Deigan is Vice President at Global Link Sourcing.  He has been working for 10 years on sourcing products and consulting on products for 15 years before that. Global Link has helped with manufacturing well over 100 products for hardware companies, leading to tens of millions of their sourced products selling around the world.  Today Mike is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can understand how to prepare your product’s development to get it ready to present to overseas manufacturing partners and the pros and cons of sourcing through an agency and sourcing direct with manufacturers in China and elsewhere.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Preparing your product to work with overseas manufacturing
  • Concept design vs design for manufacturing
  • A design that you can truly use to go to production with
  • Going direct vs through a sourcing company
  • Logistics, time, finding a real factory, financial benefits
  • The problems with finding a manufacturing partner through Alibaba or similar
  • Rectifying issues with a manufacturer.


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