I have made it a habit to give you an update on trends after every exhibition season in April & October within Hong Kong and China so I won’t break that habit this time
It has been a hectic 8 weeks for me. When I returned from Europe in September I flew straight to Hong Kong and had an extensive amount of work waiting for me.
While the first few weeks were all about catching up with work after my holiday I was excited to go to the exhibitions in Hong Kong and China. Here are some of the exhibitions that I went to in October/November over the course of 4 weeks:
Global Sources Electronics (phase 1)
HKTDC Electronics Fair
Global Sources Smart China Sourcing Summit – for Amazon and online sellers
Global Sources Electronics (phase 2, Mobile Electronics)
Global Sources Gifts & Home
Mega Show (Part 1)
Canton Fair Phase 2
HKTDC International Building and Hardware Fair
Mega Show (Part 2)
Canton Fair Phase 3
Without further ado here are some impressions from the last 8 weeks.
Hong Kong is constantly at the Top 3 most expensive places to live in the world. Wonder how my apartment looks like in Hong Kong?
Yep, thats 8 square meter of pure space
At least there’s a rooftop with a view
And not so bad to work with this view
There’s also a co-working space downstairs.
Back at the office with one of my newest products. Check it out if you are in need of a portable photo studio.
End of September I head to an Amazon seller and eCommerce meet up in Shenzhen, China, organized by my friends over at EnterChina
Rico Ngoma serial Entrepreneur and partner of EnterChina drops knowledge
working on new projects for ImportDojo on the rooftop
back at the office with the team
another hike at the end of September. Remember to work out whenever you can
The exhibitions start! I head to the Global Sources Electronics show Phase 1. Make sure to get your free train ticket ticket with your buyers badge.
Global Sources hosts two electronic phases with different categories from 11-14th and 18th-21st.
Walking the aisles at the shows. Predominantly Smart Phone accessories on nearly every booth.
Sport & Action camera’s are evolving and it’s amazing what you get these days.
Video & WiFi glasses/camera’s seem to be the newest thing. Maybe not the newest but a lot of suppliers exhibit those.
I found this product to be quite interesting
An actual AI (Artificial Intelligence)
This automatic car cover peeked my interest.
Gaming & video backpacks seem to be popular as well.
Virtual Reality getting bigger and more interesting in terms of developments.
Drone’s are definitely still popular but less than half the amount of booth’s than in April this year.
Global Sources held the first Drone Racing Championship this year at the event. I wasn’t there to witness but it looked pretty cool.
I head to the HKTDC Electronics show. Make sure to pre-register (its free)
Quite a lot of buyers on the first day.
You’ve got big brands from overseas
and big local brands from China.
The HKTDC doesn’t focus on Smart Phone Accessories only but has regular household electronics as well.
Smart Home Automation has made big leaps and improvements in terms of apps and technology
Not sure what these guys do.
It’s a beautiful day in Hong Kong and I am stuck at the expo
It’s my birthday and I hike to the beach with a couple of people
I am invited to speak at the Global Sources Amazon sellers summit again. I got to present my case study there as well in April. This time I talk about how to select the right supplier.
I meet a few fellow ImportDojo members and familiar faces from online This is Taye from Hong Kong.
Chris McCabe delivers amazing value in regards to Amazon account suspension and prevention.
Chris Davey & Danny McMillan arrange a meet up that evening in central Hong Kong. Over 40 Amazon and eCommerce sellers come.
Discussing with Mike Michellini from Globalfromasia some strategies for our business.
In case you are wondering what some of the testing companies charge.
I walk the halls of the Global Sources home and gifts.
Lots of packaging suppliers there as well.
The first suppliers with Lightning earphones for the iPhone 7. I test them and they are horrible in quality
Interesting design for a power bank.
Flexport talks about the recent Hanjin collapse and the forecast of the freight forwarding industry at the Sellers Summit
In between all of this I become the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon with my French Press case study. Even if only for a few days I am happy because I sell between 100-200 pieces per day
Danny McMillan and Currencies Direct organise a meet up in Central with Will Tjernlund at a “fireside” chat. Will talks about Wholesale strategies and amazes the crowd as usual
The next day a Typhoon with a signal T8 (the second strongest) hits Hong Kong and everything closes. I plan on heading to the Megashow part 1 but have to delay that until the next day as public transport closes all together.
I walk around Canton Fair for the day and take catalogues and snapshots of interesting items
On the next day I head to Shenzhen to visit one of my suppliers. Some of them go the extra mile
I check the production and facilities.
Testing equipment within the factory.
My wife gets me a birthday gift
back in Hong Kong I check out the “OBEY” exhibition thats running for a month. Very cool art!
My friend organises a “junk boat trip”. You basically rent a boat that caters food and drinks all day and you drive out to some island
Ignore the couple that is making out
I head to Canton Fair Phase 3 and check in at the Aloft. The value you get for 60US$ is amazing.
I walk around Phase 3 for a couple of hours and meet existing suppliers and try to find interesting products for my outdoor brand.
Office and stationery is also very present.
Chris Davey from FBA4U organises his 4th Amazon Seller meet up in Guangzhou. The crowd is huge. Make sure to join his Facebook group if you are looking to meet up during your trip.
I meet familiar faces and friends from all over the world
On 7th November I head to Bangkok for a couple of weeks. I hear a lot about UBER Hong Kong has Tesla drivers. I give it a try and I actually find a Tesla for my airport ride. I had to try it
Pheew! Lots of photos and stories to share. All in all I’d say I’ve met a lot of great people, made new friends, found new products and definitely had a good time the last weeks If you are planning on coming to China I highly recommend you do.
In the coming weeks I’ve got a lot of news and amazing content coming for you. I am starting a new blog-series here on ImportDojo focusing on building a brand and how to drive traffic to your Amazon listing. Furthermore we are going to show you how you can build a business outside Amazon, so stay tuned
All the best and happy sourcing,