The time has come to find some guidance in the area of import and setup of distribution channels. Have now created good communication and rapport in a handful of industries overseas and have imported test products successfully. Shipping has been a big learning curve and now feel comfortable with all customs, duties and transport from FOB to Australian transport / logistics.
I have a reasonable understanding of warehousing and maintaining / growing a business concern. Starting a new business with no channels at all is the thing I'm stumbling on. The old adage of "if it was easy, we'ed all be doing it" shines through here.
Where does one find a mentor for an industry you are trying to become a part of, where you will potentially become a competitor, if you are not currently in the industry?
I'm currently in a position where inquiries to knowledgeable people at my current employ about starting a distribution chain, whilst not a conflict of interest, may cause unwanted waves on both sides. I currently enjoy the work I do and the income stream is nice.
Is there anyone on the forum who could give me any pointers for initial marketing such as advertising, identifying core market, tying up sole distribution, and quantites for warehousing. Is importing one product a better proposition than distributing several of quality though unrelated products?
Feel free to give the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everything is appreciated.