China is the global sourcing hub for manufactured ready-made materials. Chinese manufacturing industries are the world’s largest exporters. From smartphones to laptops, factory equipment, machines, fitness, and sports equipment, Chinese industries manufacture and supply them all over the world to various businesses. The businesses that are importing from China require a trusted partner, a local supply chain management provider, to arrange all the necessary logistics to carry out the operations smoothly.
Sports and fitness are some of the major sectors for which specialized equipment is made in China. A vast number of sports and fitness equipment sellers around the world source their equipment from the Chinese market. Arranging product stock at the preferred location, quality analysis, packaging, and transporting need to be done in a well-planned manner.
ZakeSports is a company founded by Zarek Zhong in 2013 that specializes in providing all the logistical support that is required for overseas buyers to import products from China. The company stresses making profitable arrangements for its clients. It has a mammoth 700 brand partnerships from all over the sporting world.
ZakeSports is a team of 12 global trading experts who have over eight-plus years of experience in product development, sourcing, supply management, and brand marketing to help businesses grow. It brands itself as a 100% satisfaction guarantee provider to its clients. The company has a strong offline network for sourcing in China. The company has been working with sports, fitness, and travel brands for several years. The company has built a long-term, robust relationship with the leading suppliers in China.
Within 48 hours of booking products from suppliers, their arrivals are arranged at any preferred warehouse location in China. After this, a 24-hour in-house inspection is conducted and reported to the clients. The whole process is kept well documented at the company to ensure smooth delivery and a zero-return rate. The company also has a solid network of logistic service providers to provide hassle-free door-to-door delivery. Clients of the company are encouraged to choose their logistic partners as per their preference.
We interviewed Zarek Zhong, the founder of ZakeSports, to get an insight into the company’s progress and its plans for growth in the coming years.
Below are the excerpts from the interview:
Please brief our audience about your company, its USPs, and how it is currently positioned as a reliable firm in the sourcing market.
We exchange values with our clients, instead of just doing business.
ZakeSports was established in 2013, we are currently connected with over 700 brands and factories which provides us with qualified production and sampling. We will act as your supply chain management team in China.
We are a team of 12 global trading experts with over 8 years of experience in product development, sourcing, supply management, and brand marketing to help businesses grow.
Shed some light on your offerings and how they impact the industry and your clients?
We are building a trustworthy team for the market. For supporting different needs in China importing business, we offer two plans with extra services, but you can still start with the free service option to understand how we work together.
We make profits by how much we create for clients’ business; so we take zero when our clients make no profit. As we charge a commission on the total purchase value, we assure you that you will get a competitive price.
Trust is the first step, we build our pricing plans to promise we do not take any other fee, we only represent our clients in a professional manner.
Please brief us about your journey in the industry and how you have contributed to the company’s success.
Showing gratitude to every customer who has ever clicked on your website – I performed this attribute throughout the whole development of ZakeSports. Being grateful increases happiness, which leads to motivation to achieve your goals.
Share your opinion on how modern technologies have transformed the industry, and what more could be expected in the near future?
We need to slow down, especially in business.
Modern technologies will accelerate the traditional process of warfare so rapidly, what we need to do is be stable and sturdy, finding our own pace to move forward is our business philosophy.
Of course, we are not the type of old-school company, we accept and operate new techs. I mean, we are embracing modern technology and appreciate these innovations, but we need to slow down to find our own pace.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on global economies, what were the challenges faced by your company’s doors, and how did you pivot from those challenges?
Our people are the essential part – I believe in and support them. During these days, it is important to remember that we have faced crisis situations like this in the past. First of all, it is a challenge for the company’s culture and management practices.
What I deeply believe is that people are the most valuable asset to our business. I have to communicate, plan, be consistent, show up for our employees, and support them.
What would be your advice to budding entrepreneurs aspiring to venture into the sourcing market?
Don’t let your business take over your life, take care of yourself.
Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, but please separate time from work and leisure. “Work hard, play hard” is what I have been taught since childhood.
You cannot make your business successful by working in your leisure time, it is the thing, you have to slow down and get rid of work, enjoy the surrounding life, and maybe some business ideas come into your mind.
How do you envision scaling your company’s operations and offerings in 2022 and beyond?
I would say the same thing again, that our people are the essential part, believe and support them.
In 2022, as the company increases its focus on customers, our employees should never feel left out. The employees are a business’s first customers. They are the brand ambassadors.
The top priority is to keep all these people engaged at all times by providing them with the appropriate tools and resources that allow them to become more effective and successful in what they do.