For a prospective business endeavor in chemical trading it is essential to first gain considerable knowledge of the industry structure and the products, decide the product line, shortlist clients and sources and build up a well-managed delivery system. |
If you are zealous about establishing a chemical trading business, there are certain things you need to be aware about and specific protocols to follow before the kick-off. Trading involves sellers from whom you buy the commodities in question and buyers who buy them from you. In order to be a trader in the chemical business and see a thriving success a few years hence, here are the things that require your attention.
Know Your Products: the first criterion for starting off as a chemical trader, as in any business is the basic knowledge of the products and the industry structure you are dealing with. For instance, although you might not need to know the detailed contents and benefits of halogen free flame retardants, you still must have some idea about what they are in general. Check into how other top-notch chemical companies are running their businesses, what strategies they are using to make their business successful and the likes. Working as an intern or employee in a chemical company can give you considerable enlightenment in the genre.
Decide Your Products: Once you have acquired a fair idea about the industry and the products, it is essential to decide on your product line. When you have chosen the chemical industry as your business, it is likely that you nurture a passion for the same. The more extensive is your list of inventories, the better will be the success of your business. However, as a start-up it is essential that you concentrate on a few chemicals and then go over for expansion as you start earning profits.
Know Your Sources: When the decision of products has been made the next step entails rummaging for a source company which will be reliable and at the same time cost-effective. Of course, you are trading to keep a good margin of profit for yourself and obtaining things from a company whose products are over-priced will affect your profit share too. It is wiser to keep more than one supplier for the same products in hand in case of circumstances where one is incapable of supplying you the commodities you need. Shortlist some of the top-notch suppliers in your line of product, dig out information about them through past customers and references. Check into things like whether they deliver on time, the quality of products they source out, the brand, the individual company’s experience and the likes.
Set up a Supply Chain Delivery System: An immaculate delivery network is at the base of every successful trading business. As a chemical trader you will have clients from a number of sectors or industries who will require varied things. In order to keep your customers on the loop it is important that you establish a reliable and well-managed delivery channel that will supply the required commodities to the different customers while you can keep a tap on the whole of it.
Make a List of Potential Clients: Make a market survey of the products you have decided to trade in and check out the clients who demand such commodities. Since certain chemicals are required by specific industries, make a list of the names of clients in each sector and gather all required information.
Legal Issues: Finally, register yourself and get a license for being able to trade chemicals legally. You have to stick to some regulations such as those put forth by ISO for environmental considerations.
Remember, for any business whatsoever, trust and an interactive network between you and your clients is necessary in order to earn reputation.
Asit Roy works with KPL International Limited - is one of the best chemical company in India, specializes in the marketing of quality products in India. He likes to write about chemicals, polymers, paper and paper chemicals related topics.
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