The dates that are sold in stores all over the world are called “dates.” But what exactly are they? How can anyone sell them effectively in their respective countries? And how can they be produced and supplied best for their intended customers in different locations?
When any country wants to trade with India, for instance, they seek a reliable and cost-effective supplier of Dates Fruit to get an effective and profitable exchange. However, it entails more than merely glancing at some list of price lists. What one should really do is to assess the suppliers on terms and conditions, their track record, ability to deliver on time, quality of their product and, of course, the overall cost. Naturally, you would not want to trade with a supplier whose price list does not include any of these essentials. After all, you want to sell your products at the most reasonable prices possible.
A supplier’s ability to deliver on time depends on his contacts in the country of origin. The more contacts he has, the more likely he is to deliver on time. He should be able to provide all the requisite dates at the most reasonable costs. Sometimes, this can be a tricky proposition. The quality of the product may be so poor that it is difficult to believe he can deliver the same.
The next thing to assess is the quality of raw materials. The Indian suppliers have excellent quality raw materials. The problem lies in their inability to transport these goods across the country. If this is the case, it means the products could easily rot or spoil before reaching the customers. This would result in a loss in profit to the company as well as inconvenience to the customer.
Dates are a fruit that have a short shelf-life when compared to other fruits. This means they cannot be kept at room temperature for a long period of time. The best way to preserve them is to store them in a refrigerator. While the quality of the dates may be outstanding in some countries, it may not be in others.
The shipping cost is a factor that affects the profit margin of the enterprise as well. The best suppliers offer competitive rates and do not require large deposits to start the process. In such a scenario, there is no need to pay hefty sums to establish business relations with them.
The cost of production is also a factor that determines the amount to be paid to the suppliers. The quality of the dates produced differs. Some are low in quality while others produce superior dates. The cost of transportation and storage is also a determinant factor. Depending on how the enterprise plans to vend the products, the retailer has to decide how much to charge for each particular date.
The cheapest sources of dates come from Egypt, India and Pakistan. The quality of dates produced from these countries is inferior. It costs about twenty times more to get them from other countries. A moderately priced Indian dates is good enough to satisfy the needs of any retail chain. It should be sold for the same price in every country. The retailers have to keep a hawk eye on the market to make sure that the supply of dates remains balanced.
There is an increased demand for nuts from the Middle East due to its association with oil. Cheap dates from these countries sell for about one hundred dollars per pound. While this seems like a good bargain, it is not something that can sustain the business.
If the cost of the dates offered by the Egyptian supplier is too high, the retailer should look to buy directly from the farmer in Egypt. This ensures the lowest possible cost per unit of the date while still maintaining the best quality. A farmer who grows his own dates will never let go of his rights to sell his products at the best price possible. This ensures that the retailers stay ahead of their competitors.
A farmer in Egypt will not be in a position to sell at a discount due to political issues. The retailer does not have the option of negotiating with suppliers for a better price or terms of sales. On the other hand, if he purchases directly from an independent dates producer based in the United States, he has every right to set the retail price of his product. The Egyptian supplier may refuse at first but if he continues to produce quality dates, he will most likely agree to do business.