What to Expect When Working with an Online Sourcing Platform

If you’ve been running your business for some time, or even if you’re new, one thing is certain – sourcing your products through a quality manufacturer is one of the most tedious tasks you need to tackle. There are many options, doing the research and sourcing the manufacturers yourself, going through a huge (and often unreliable) marketplace like Alibaba, or the faster, simpler way, using an online sourcing & purchasing platform like Noviland to connect you with over 3,000 vetted manufacturers.

Curious how working with Noviland works? Here is the process:

Sign up for a free account at

Log into your Noviland account.

Request a Quote

Submit a Request for Quote (RFQ) in the platform with detailed specifications. This can include specific materials, colors, packaging, your own product specs, and links to similar products you are looking to source and purchase. Quotes are normally returned to you within 5-6 business days. You will be notified via the email you provided when your quote is ready to review.

Quotes are released in the platform and you can message your Noviland team directly in the platform to address any questions you may have about the products. You will be assigned to a team that will work with you and the factory to streamline the process, including an Account Manager to push along the process in the US, a Product Specialist in China that addresses product-specific communications, and the Factory Specialist who interacts directly between the factory and Noviland.

Keep in mind, you’re not spending a dime to have this entire team work for you because Noviland is confident it will set you up for sourcing success.

Place a Sample Order

You may order multiple samples to ensure the quality and specs are what you are expecting. Once the sample order is placed, the item gets delivered to the Noviland China office. Noviland will inspect it, take & send you detailed pictures, and ship it out to you promptly. This allows samples to be grouped together and saves you shipping and tracking costs.

Once received, you can let Noviland know if the sample is approved as is, or if you would like any alterations to the sample.

This is also a great opportunity to set your Key Quality Indicators to optimize your quality control inspection. If you need help setting those, check this checklist out.

Select a Shipping Method and Place the Order

Once the product is approved, you may place the official order through the platform. Noviland provides consolidated shipping (which is fairly unique) which means if you’re sourcing several products from Noviland, they’re shipped to Noviland’s consolidation warehouse in China and shipped together (which helps you maximize shipping savings!)

All you need to do is add the product(s) to a cart, enter the final destination address, and you’ll see the final, delivered pricing. Here’s a short video on how to do it in 60 seconds.

Once items are placed in the same larger order, Noviland provides dynamic pricing and a visual showing how much of an actual container is filled. This means you’re able to adjust the quantities in the system and actually see how much you’d save at different ordering quantities. Noviland also provides various methods of shipping with some of the most competitive shipping costs in the industry.

If you are an Amazon Seller, you can get the order delivered directly to Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) warehouses and Noviland is partnered with a freight forwarder that offers amazing pricing.

Once you’ve selected a shipping method and placed the order, you will receive updates directly in the platform for production oversight, quality control reports, and shipping tracking. You can even place quick reorders there too. Your Account Manager is also available for any questions you may have.

That’s all there is to it! Lead times vary from 30 days for simple, smaller items, or can be up to 95 days for larger more complex items, so be sure to factor that time into your process.

Have questions about getting started? Give Noviland a call today! (800) 835-8601.



Need some product ideas? Check out some inspirational products from Noviland’s network of factories by going to our Spotlight Products!