India Sourcing Trip by Megadi
Boost Your eCommerce Profits by Sourcing Unique, High Quality Products from India!
Accelerate your business by joining the first-ever Learning + Sourcing + Cultural guided tour to a leading export fair
October 14 - 20, 2019 / Delhi
If you're an Amazon or eCommerce seller who wants to build a sustainable online business, you're consistently trying to increase your profits. 

eCommerce is a cashflow business and in order to scale, you need to invest back in purchasing inventory to keep the sales coming in. 

The more you invest, the faster you grow.

So how do you find profitable and high ROI products that can give you the cashflow to invest? Keep reading....

Another challenge selling on the Amazon marketplace is that there are tons of me-too products sold by hundreds of suppliers.

It is critical to differentiate your product so you can stand out in a crowded category, or avoid selling in crowded niches all together! 

So how do you find product ideas and keywords that are not yet saturated on Amazon, and are potentially more profitable
  • You go to a place most other sellers don't have easy access to
  • A place that is renowned for producing high quality, hand-made exquisite products
  • A country where each state has its own unique style of handicrafts
  • ​Where you can find a plethora of eco-friendly options across a variety of categories 
You go to:
India is already a major exporter to retailers, distributors and wholesalers around the world. 

It is now time for Amazon and eCommerce sellers to venture into India and discover the untapped private label opportunities the country has to offer.

And what better way to explore this sourcing market than to go there yourself

Come join us on India Sourcing Trip and see these differentiated products for yourself. 

Meet face-to-face with suppliers at an export-focused exhibition, see, touch and feel the products for yourself, compare & negotiate prices and lead times, and even place orders. 

While you're there, attend an exclusive and extensive India sourcing course, and learn from industry-leading experts. 

To top it off, experience the rich and colorful culture of this mystical nation. 
Unique Products, Small MOQs and Many More Reasons to Buy From India
Source unique, differentiated products
One of the main reasons to source from  India is the plethora of unique and handcrafted 
products not found in other countries.

There are a wide range of indigenous handicraft styles that are unique to India.

The advantage of selling such high-end products is they can command higher prices and therefore have higher profit potential.
This enables you to differentiate and stay away from highly competitive low-margin products with cut-throat competition.
Place small orders
Since a lot of the products are handmade,  suppliers are usually willing to cater to small orders. 

While minimum order quantities typically range from 200-500 units, suppliers do cater to orders as low as 20-50 pieces (with the exception of apparel and textiles). 

This is definitely a huge advantage, if you’re just starting out with a small budget or if you’re an experienced seller and want to test a new product line.
Diversify sourcing to minimize  business risk
Diversification is a business strategy that  helps businesses reduce risk and stay afloat during turbulent times.

Sourcing from only one country  can be risky as trade disputes or other issues can impact bottom lines, especially if you are selling high-competition and low-margin products.

The recent US import tariffs on China-made products is a prime example of how government policy can impact import businesses in the blink of an eye.

As an e-commerce  business importing private label products, you are exposed to such risks, and 
sourcing diversification is one way to  mitigate these risks.
Protect your IP
One of the main areas of contention in the  trade war between the US and China is IP protection. 

But when you source from India, you won’t have to worry too much about your supplier copying your designs and selling them to other buyers. 

In general, Indian suppliers have more respect for their buyers’ IP than typical Chinese suppliers.
In the unlikely situation that your supplier does infringe your IP, and if you do have a strong contract in place, it is easier to take the supplier to court as legal proceedings in India are in English and the legal system is similar to other common law countries such as the US.
Communicate easily
English is the second official language in  India, and most people you will deal with at your supplier will speak English, some of course more fluent than others. 

As there are 22 languages in India, each with its unique script, English is the language that unites the country! 

This is extremely advantageous when it  comes to communicating with your supplier, especially when you are developing or modifying a product to private label. 

In addition, you don’t need translators when visiting a trade show in India or talking to suppliers online.
Get better prices with local raw materials
A wide range of raw materials are readily available domestically in India including  cotton, silk, jute, marble, metal, wood, bamboo and others. 

Products made from these natural materials are very competitively priced from India. 

The country is the world’s second largest producer of cotton and accounts for 26 percent of global production. 
Help uplift disadvantaged communities
India is a developing country, and there are non-profit organizations in the country that employ disadvantaged communities to manufacture products for export. 

When Amazon sellers source products  from such organizations, they can command higher prices for the products because of the story behind them. 

At the same time, they get to help and uplift these communities - what a beautiful and ethical way to run a business!
A First-of-its-Kind Sourcing Experience
You simply cannot get this kind of value and instant results such as these when you source online. You can either take a few years and potentially expensive mistakes to learn it all by yourself. 

Or you can be guided by industry experts who've been in the trenches for tens of years, and you can learn from the mistakes they've made. 

Here are some benefits of attending India Sourcing Trip: 
  • Increase profitability by sourcing innovative products other Amazon sellers don’t have access to
  • Speed up your sourcing by shortlisting hundreds of products at the fair
  • Find new suppliers for existing products you source from China to diversify sourcing risk
  • Learn all about sourcing from India - the pitfalls to avoid, supplier verification and vetting, negotiating, logistics, quality control, payment terms, and much more
  • Know which products can be sourced from India, and where the production hubs are
  • Understand the differences between India and China sourcing
  • Meet and network with suppliers and sourcing service providers
  • Get up-to-date strategies​ for product selection, branding and marketing from Amazon and eCommerce coaches from the US and Australia traveling with the group
  • Visit a factory to see first-hand how products are made 
  • Experience India’s rich culture and history – watch an entertaining dance show, visit the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Share experiences with other like-minded sellers in the group, learn from each other and make lifelong friendships
Accelerate your Start, Leapfrog your Competition - Get a Crash Course on India Sourcing
When you attend India Sourcing Trip, you will be able to leapfrog your competiton and get a headstart on sourcing from India. 

Whether you are just starting your eCommerce journey, or are an experienced seller looking to diversify your sourcing, you will find tremendous value in attending the trip. 

India Sourcing Trip is designed to provide Amazon and eCommerce sellers like you with the information, knowledge, connections and products you need to build a profitable eCommerce business sourcing from India. 

You will be equipped with insider tips and proven strategies that other eCommerce sellers do not have access to. 

Our hand-picked eCommerce and sourcing coaches have tens of years' of experience, and they will teach you all about product selection & validation, and importing from India including: 
  • Which products to source from India and from where 
  • How to find and vet suppliers
  • How to manage quality
  • ​How to negotiate price, payment terms, order volumes 
  • ​How sourcing from India is different from sourcing in China
  • ​Logistics and shipping 101
  • ​Cultural sensitivities
  • ​How to find profitable niches
  • ​Building a long-term sustainable and profitable Private Label brand
  • ​And much more…
Find unique and innovative products and meet with thousands of India suppliers face-to-face. 

Save sourcing time by shortlisting hundreds of potential products that you can validate and order after the fair. 

Get better terms and faster responses from suppliers after the fair as you portray yourself as a serious buyer by meeting them in person.
You will also get a chance to be immersed in India’s rich culture, experience and participate in an exclusive dance show, and visit the iconic Taj Mahal and an ancient fort in the historical city of Agra.
Taj Mahal – A monument of love
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is a monument of love that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built as a testimony of his intense love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  
The Emperor also desired to create it as a symbol of harmony, purity and spirituality. The Taj is not only a monument of grace and dignity, it is a message to all mankind that “Pure love is the soul of life”.
We will stay in Shangri La hotel - a high quality 5-star hotel near the city center. All meals will be provided in clean and high quality Indian and Western restaurants.
The Fair We're Attending
3,000+ exhibitors
100% export-focused
Unique products
Small MOQs
The Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (also known as the Delhi Fair) is among Asia's largest gifts & handicrafts fairs, held twice a year since 1994 and is organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts.
The Delhi Fair is the most important export exhibition in India, and a must-visit for anyone sourcing products from the country. 

All exhibitors are export-focused and the products on display are in line with design preferences of consumers in the US and Europe, the two key markets for Indian exporters. 

The October 2019 edition we're attending will feature over 3,000 exhibitors, spread over 197,000 square meters.
Products You Can Source at the Fair
The Delhi Fair has product categories ranging from home decor, furnishings to gifts and fashion: 
  • Houseware, tableware, kitchenware & hotelware
  • Bathroom accessories
  • Lawn, garden ornaments & accessories 
  • ​Lamps, lighting & accessories
  • ​Furniture & accessories 
  • ​Home furnishings & made-ups
  • ​Carpets, rugs & floorings
  • ​Bags, luggage & leather goods
  • Christmas & festive decor
  • Candles, incense sticks, potpourri and aroma
  • Decorative gifts (including corporate gifts)
  • ​Cane, bamboo fiber, natural & eco-friendly products
  • ​Stationery and paper including handmade paper
  • ​​Fashion jewelry, bags, scarves & accessories
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Unique products, Indian suppliers, India Sourcing Trip, Megadi
Meet your Coaches
Experts traveling with the group are industry-leading sourcing and eCommerce professionals that have been hand-picked for their experience and expertise. 
Chris Thomas, Australia
  • Chris has been involved in eCommerce since 2011
  • In 2013, he raised $110,000 on Kickstarter for his own product
  • He launched on Amazon US in 2015 and is currently doing $500,000 per year with 4 products 
  • Chris is an Amazon coach and consultant 
  • ​He is the host of The Australian Seller Podcast, and speaker at conferences around the world including Retail Global and Global Sources Summit
Margaret Jolly & Kevin Oldham, Australia
  • Margaret and her partner Kevin are Amazon sellers from Australia who source all their ​SKUs from India 
  • ​They started selling on Amazon 2.5 years ago, and had limited success with China products
  • ​They started importing from India 1.5 years ago, and have now discontinued their China products 
  • ​They are now on track to $100,000 in annual profit 
  • Margaret is also an Account Manager for a company helping retailers sell online 
  • She coaches and mentors new sellers 
CJ Rosenbaum, USA
  • CJ is the Founding Partner of Rosenbaum Famularo, PC, the law firm behind AmazonSellersLawyer.com
  • He and his team help sellers with IP protection and writing plans of action for listing suspension
  • CJ has written a few books on copyright, trademark and plan of action 
  • He is a regular speaker at major conferences including Retail Global and Global Sources Summit, among many others around the world
Tim Jordan, USA
  • Tim is the CEO/Founder of Hickory Flats, inc and Founder of Private Label Legion
  • He started eCommerce unintentionally and quickly built a 7-figure business within less than a year 
  • ​Tim brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in finding profitable niches to sell on and off of Amazon, and sourcing efficiently 
  • ​He teaches unique ways to do product research on and off Amazon
  • Tim has started sourcing products from India
Gunjan Katrak, India
  • With 25 years’ experience sourcing in India, Gunjan is a powerhouse of knowledge and information 
  • ​Over the course of her career, she has sourced for brands such as Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Woolworth, Country Road, Kappa, Helly Hansen, Nordstrom, G3, Armani Exchange, DKNY, Mexx, Gymboree, Oshkosh, Levi's, Ecko, Truworth
  • Her specialties are: Product development, negotiation, vendor management, supply chain management, P&L management and control
  • She runs her own sourcing agency for big brands
  • ​Gunjan has recently starting to cater to eCommerce sellers with her agency Sab Source
Mark A. Palfreeman, USA
  • Mark is the India Supply Chain Director for Bright Hope Imports, a US sourcing agency with offices in India 
  • Having lived in India from 2007 - 2010, he has a deep understanding of cultural sensitivities when dealing with Indian businesses
  • ​Today, he gives direction and support as the US liaison
  • Before working for Bright Hope, Mark was the India sourcing lead for HallMark
  • He currently lives in NW Arkansas
Aaron Hughes, India
  • Aaron is an American living and working in India
  • He works for Bright Hope, a US sourcing company with a branch office in India 
  • ​Aaron helps small and midsize clients in sourcing, negotiating, sampling and QC 
  • He is a successful Amazon seller himself, and sources all his products from India
Sameeksha Sachdeva, India
  • Sameeksha is the President, Seair Global, a logistics service provider that caters to the needs of Amazon FBA sellers 
  • She has 11 years of experience in the supply chain industry
  • ​She founded Seair with her husband, Manik Sachdeva who also has 15 years of experience in supply chain solutions
  • ​At the India Sourcing Trip, Sameeksha will explain the ins and outs of logistics when sourcing from India 
Verun Restogii, India
  • Verun is the founder of an online lifestyle brand called MUFUBU dealing in bags, wallets, outdoor products and travel accessories 
  • He is a seasoned sourcing professional from India and China 
  • ​He is a 7-figure seller on Amazon India, and also sells successfully in the 6 figures on Amazon US
  • Verun helps overseas eCommerce sellers and brand owners sell on Amazon India via his Amazon account 
  • ​He also sells his brand in other countries, and is actively seeking distributors
Vigneshwar, India
  • Vigneshwar is a garments manufacturer in Chennai (Southern India) 
  • He has mutiple factories where he produces tops, bottoms for men, women and kids (both woven and knitted)
  • His company also provides end-to-end solutions - designing/development, listing optimization & sales promotion
  • ​He can also help sellers find suppliers in southern India
Meet Your Host
Meghla Bhardwaj, Founder, India Sourcing Trip
  • Over 19 years experience in the sourcing industry in India and China
  • Attended tens of sourcing trade shows around the world
  • Visited hundreds of factories in India and China for sourcing and to produce research reports
  • ​Conference speaker 
  • Organizer of eCommerce conference in Hong Kong
  • eCommerce seller
  • ​Event and trip organizer extraordinaire ✨
Meghla Bhardwaj, Founder, India Sourcng Trip
Info-Packed Agenda and Balanced Itinerary
India Sourcing Trip begins with pre-trip live webinars, followed by an intense learning-focused agenda during the trip, a carefully-planned balanced itinerary to ensure you have plenty of time to source, network and experience India's culture as well. 

We wrap up with post-trip live webinars to guide you with order placement and follow-up with suppliers. 

Take a look at the detailed itinerary below. Note: Itinerary is subject to change.
Itinerary & Topics
September
Date TBC
Setting up your Amazon Account and Basics for Beginners
Date TBC
Product Research and Validation at the Fair
Date TBC
Logistics and Prep for the Trip
14 October 2019
All day
Arrival and check-in to hotel
7:00pm
Welcome dinner - Cheers!
15 October 2019
8:00am - 9:00am
Breakfast
9:00am - 10:00am
Welcome & intros
10:00am - 11:30am
Lessons Learnt Sourcing from India for 1.5 Years - Experiences of an Amazon FBA seller
11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Production Capability In Depth - Products made in India, production hubs, supplier types for key categories, artisans, regional differences of key categories
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Overview of Fabric & Apparel Industry - Products manufactured, supplier capability, competitive advantages, pricing, comparison with China
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Overview of Gifts & Handicrafts Industry - Products manufactured, materials used, supplier capability, competitive advantages, pricing
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Break
3:30pm - 4:15pm
Cultural Sensitivities When Sourcing from India
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Prep for Trade Show - How to intro yourself, what to ask exhibitors, how to capture info, and more
7:00pm
Dinner & networking
16 October 2019
7:00am - 8:00am
Breakfast
8:00am
Depart hotel for trade show
9:00am - 10:00am
Group meeting, one-on-one discussions with coaches
10:00am - 4:00pm
Walk the show floor
4:00pm
Depart show for hotel
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Finding, Vetting & Working with Suppliers - Types of suppliers, production scale, how to find and vet them,  traders vs manufacturers / domestic vs export-focused, negotiating, building trust and relationships 
5:45pm - 6:30pm
Shipping & Logistics In-Depth - options available, key ports, pricing, shipping times, differences with China, challenges & pitfalls, best practices
7:00pm
Dinner & networking
17 October 2019
7:00am - 8:00am
Breakfast
8:00am
Depart hotel for trade show
9:00am - 10:00am
Group meeting, one-on-one discussions with coaches
10:00am - 4:00pm
Walk the show floor
4:00pm
Depart show for hotel
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Quality Control: How to ensure consistent quality and avoid quality fade
5:45pm - 6:30pm
Panel - Ask Me Anything About Sourcing from India
7:00pm
Dinner & networking
18 October 2019
7:00am - 8:00am
Breakfast
8:00am
Depart hotel for trade show
9:00am - 10:00am
Group meeting, one-on-one discussions with coaches
10:00am - 3:00pm
Walk the show floor
3:00pm
Depart show venue for factory visit
7:00pm
Gala dinner with cultural program - dance, eat, drink & be merry! 
19 October 2019
7:00am - 8:00pm
Day trip to Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
20 October 2019
7:00am - 8:00am
Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am
Building a Sustainable eCommerce Brand
9:00am - 10:00am
Next Steps: Validating Products, Following up with Suppliers, Placing Orders
10:00am - 10:30am
Break
10:30am - 12:00pm
Mastermind with coaches in small groups
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wrap-up and farewell lunch
1:00pm onwards
Check-out and leave for airport (or stay for factory visits / sight seeing)
November
Date TBC
Follow-up call with marketing coaches
Date TBC
Follow-up call with sourcing coaches
We Will Contribute to Their Education 🙂
A portion of ticket sales from this trip will be donated to Deepalaya, a non-profit organization in Delhi that provides free education to disadvantaged and poor children.

Trip attendees have the option of selecting the child they want to sponsor, communicating with them (via email), and continue sponsoring them after a year. 
What's Included - A LOT of Value! 
We want YOU to focus on learning, networking, masterminding and finding profitable products, so you can build your million-dollar eCommerce empire!
   
This is why WE take care of ALL aspects of the sourcing trip for you. 

All you need to do is show up at the Delhi airport on 14 October 2019!

The price you pay includes almost everything from the time you step out of the Delhi airport, including:
  • ​A LOT of learning - All you need to know about sourcing from India. This information is not available anywhere else. The latest product selection and validation strategies 
  • ​​The basics - If you are new, we will also teach you how to set up an Amazon account, listings and more  
  • Pre-trip training - How to prepare for the trip and trade show, and post-trip follow-up
  • ​​Guided tour of the fair - How to navigate the fair such as what questions to ask suppliers, how to gather info
  • ​​All transportation - To and from the airport, to and from the exhibition venue, to restaurants for meals
  • ​​SIM cards with data to ensure you're always connected with your loved ones at home
  • ​Hotel stay in single business rooms in a 5-star hotel (Yes, hotel stay is included in the price you pay!) Share a room with another person to save US$500
  • ​All meals - ​Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days plus alcoholic beverages on a few days
  • ​​Cultural program - A memorable dance and music show 
  • ​​Factory visit in Delhi
  • ​​Trip to Taj Mahal including transportation, meals and entry fee
  • ​​Tons of networking, fun and an unforgettable experience! 
Trip pricing
All inclusive price per person:
  • ​Single hotel room: US$6,000
  • ​​Twin-sharing (share a room with another attendee): US$5,500
We have limited seats that are already filling up fast! Bookings are first come first serve. 
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