Manufacturers and suppliers using Alibaba.com will soon find it easier to locate customers through a new search function being added to the B2B company’s international website. Starting next week, suppliers will be able to search the website’s database of Requests For Quotations (RFQs). RFQs are solicitations for bids posted by buyers all over the world who are looking for specific products via the website’s Customized Sourcing service.
Previously, suppliers were only able to filter RFQs by industry category and by date posted, meaning they had to scan long lists of often irrelevant solicitations. The addition of a search function, which will show up on the sourcing.alibaba.com page on Nov. 14, will allow suppliers to target customers more precisely. They will be able to search using keywords by RFQ name and by the detailed description of the bid solicitation. Suppliers will also be able to filter their search results by category, location, business type, and attachments. Expired RFQs can be filtered out, too.
Suppliers wanting to know more about how U.S. buyers source products through Alibaba.com can check out the “Trading Secrets” video below. For links to more business tips vids, click here.