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  • Nick M. replied to the topic Lief Labs in the forum Manufacturing 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    If anybody out there is reading this please steer clear of Lief Labs. They also call themselves Lief Organics. These people are the most unprofessional, unorganized, bunch of liars. They are crooks who do a horrible job in every aspect of the manufacturing process. If you want to pay thousands of dollars and get a sub-par product, choose Lief!

  • If anybody out there is reading this please steer clear of Lief Labs. They also call themselves Lief Organics. These people are the most unprofessional, unorganized, bunch of liars. They are crooks who do a horrible job in every aspect of the manufacturing process. If you want to pay thousands of dollars and get a sub-par product, choose Lief!

  • If anybody out there is reading this please steer clear of Lief Labs. They also call themselves Lief Organics. These people are the most unprofessional, unorganized, bunch of liars. They are crooks who do a horrible job in every aspect of the manufacturing process. If you want to pay thousands of dollars and get a sub-par product, choose Lief!

  • Congratulations on starting up! How was Norax to deal with? Are you still using them? Do you have any tips for us just starting out? Thanks in advance.

  • cGMP’s website is down and has been for some time and according to google, Axiom says it’s permanently out of business but their site is up.

  • Hey Jonathon, well I still haven’t decided on a manufacturer! Have you ever heard of Nutrafill? They have the lowest minimum (500) that I have found so far.

  • Went live on shopify a few weeks ago http://www.ruqiahremedies.com and listed on Amazon. Used John Patterson of Norax supplements to manufacture 750 bottles. Personal sales have been brisk (general public,not my patients). It was quite an adventure/ordeal finding a manufacturer as most don’t respond to emails or telephone calls.
    Done all my graphics on…[Read more]

  • Jonathan Bechtel replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    Hi Stephen,

    It’ll be marketed ENTIRELY to my existing customers. I’d only want to use them as affiliates. The 90/10 rule I’m referring to is that 90% of people who buy from me probably don’t have an interest in promoting my products, but I have a few customers who are very devoted and give me a lot of press on Facebook and in their social…[Read more]

  • Stephen replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    “When I get a few ducks lined up I’ll be looking to start my own affiliate program pretty soon. With the idea that it’ll follow a pretty stiff 90/10 rule.”

    out of curiosity what does the 90/10 rule refer to here? does it mean you’ll be applying 10 percent of your effort to seeing whether you can get some affiliate traction, or does it refer to…[Read more]

  • Stephen replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    When I get a few ducks lined up I’ll be looking to start my own affiliate program pretty soon. With the idea that it’ll follow a pretty stiff 90/10 rule.

    out of curiosity what does the 90/10 rule refer to here? does it mean you’ll be applying 10 percent of your effort to seeing whether you can get some affiliate traction, or does it refer to…[Read more]

  • Stephen replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    out of curiosity what does the 90/10 rule refer to here? does it mean you’ll be applying 10 percent of your effort to seeing whether you can get some affiliate traction, or does it refer to something else?

    also, how would you make your program attractive to affiliates, and what kind of affiliates would you target? i’m guessing it’s people who…[Read more]

  • Jay Thomas replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    thanks jonathan.

    yah, that makes sense……i suppose the big issue is figuring out how to get people to buy from you in the first place.

  • Jonathan Bechtel replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    I’m not Stephen, but IMO a self-hosted referral program is probably a good idea if you’re just starting out.

    All by itself it won’t make people buy, and most people won’t give a hoot, but if you get a few customers who are into your vibe they can multiply sales pretty well.

    When I get a few ducks lined up I’ll be looking to start my own…[Read more]

  • Jay Thomas replied to the topic Online vs Retail in the forum Marketing 12 months ago

    okay so i’m like 3 months late to this, but @stephen do you have opinions on starting your own referral network with something like zferral?

    it seems like an affordable way to go down this route and would be compatible even if you had a small amount of sales at first.

  • @jonathanbechtelgmail-com

    Nice insight and thanks. Yah, it seems like starting off on your own isn’t the easiest way to go about things.

    1 other question if you don’t mind me asking: do you have a business partner or is it just you doing this?

  • @transplanted,

    This is an excellent question.

    In general most of your ingredients will be sourced by the manufacturer so buying them individually will not be an issue.

    The larger issue is that it’s a volume based business and most new customers have a low lifetime customer value and hence manufacturers will have a hard time justifying going…[Read more]

  • Stephen,

    You should be able to use powdered vegan D3 but you have to go through specialty suppliers.

    It’s not a commodity product — the lichen based D3 is developed by a company called ESB Developments which typically sells their products in the US through VitaShine.

    PLT Health also markets a whole food, plant based form of D3 but I’ve…[Read more]

  • Jonathan —

    If it’s not too personal can you elaborate a little more on some of your issues with the supply chain?

    This issue has popped up into my head as well because, being a little guy, I’m not quite sure how this works and don’t imagine I’ll have much sway. But it’s not like I have any idea how this works anyway.

    I’m just a guy in his…[Read more]

  • I’ll add that inventory risk for small companies is very real and salient simply because your runs and purchase sizes aren’t going to be large enough to get priority a lot of the time, so plan accordingly.

  • Good questions.

    In general it takes 4-6 weeks to get product in when re-ordered. It’s usually 3-4 months for your first batch. Ideally your manufacturer stock a large portion of your ingredients beforehand and thus getting ingredient in time is not an issue. If there’s a premium supplier it’s usually just as well to go ahead and buy it…[Read more]

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