Thursday, August 13, 2015

Start-Up Back Country Trading Post

On Aug 12, 2015, at 9:17 PM, JD wrote:
Hello John,
I'm an American expat living in (exotic locale) and would like to possibly import some food stuffs for a retail operation here. It would be a small retail operation with potential for growth. With the expat community growing here it's niche market with potential as you just can't find the products you want. Any advice would be very helpful.
Hey Jason,

Simple enough, find a relative who will mix a pallet load for you and ship it to you, not so much you can't afford to lose, but enough to meet all of the players and reach accommodations upon which you can build a long term and growing business.  Just keep working absolute minimums and repetitions as a inexpensive way to become a master of the process.  You'll win some and lose some, but you will be in control.  Once everyone knows you, you'll be fine.

Avoid the mistake of the grand gesture, big opening.

Also, after you work out the process, you can move on up to mixed full container loads by being a unpaid (except for what profits you yield) market research manager for Costco.

(Read the whole page very carefully, it's all there.)

Please let me know how it goes...


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