These days, it’s really never been easier to get hold of a whole world of custom-made adhesive products for industrial, commercial and healthcare applications alike. Whether looking for a quality adhesive to speed up an assembly line or perhaps a market-leading medical adhesive converter, everything is right there on the web and just a few clicks away.
However, to say that not all vendors and websites selling these kinds of products are equal would be something of an understatement. Not only are there those that aren’t quite up to par by way of quality standards, but there are also plenty of sites and services that are nothing but back-bedroom middlemen masquerading as quality product manufacturers. Of course, it always makes good business sense to make a beeline directly for the very best vendors on the market while giving all others a wide birth, but how can you make sure this is the case?
Here’s a quick five-point guide on vetting the vendors when out to pick up bespoke adhesive products for any commercial, industrial or public purpose:
1 – Business History
Right off the bat, one of the most important and reassuring elements of all is that of a solid enough history in the industry. Some will have been around for a couple of years, others a while longer and then there will be those that have been doing what they do for decades. Generally speaking, it’s safe to say that the longer they’ve been in business, the more likely they are to represent a safe bet. This is the kind of industry that takes long-term experience and genuine dedication to make any real progress, so be sure to see just how long they’ve been around for.
2 – Contact Details
When it comes to making sure you’re dealing directly with a brand of quality rather than a middleman, the easiest way of going about it is to take a look at the contact details offered by way of the website. For example, if there’s a fully registered business address, a landline telephone number and an email address that’s attached to the brand’s primary domain name, chances are this is indeed the business itself. By contrast, if there’s no address to be found or perhaps a residential address, a single mobile telephone number or just some random Gmail address for you to write to you, it’s far more likely that you’re dealing with a middleman.
3 – Detailed Information
One of the most immediate tell-tale signs of a custom adhesive manufacturer you do not want to do business with is a glaring lack of information across the website as a whole. It’s not as if it’s necessary for them to communicate the full ins and outs of the science behind what they do, but they should at least offer enough information to ensure you don’t leave with more questions than answers. There’s a big difference between operating a site like a glorified vending machine and being a much more in-depth oracle of information on every aspect of the subject.
4 – Quality Assurances
There’s a very big difference between a custom adhesive manufacturer claiming to offer high quality products for the lowest prices on the market and actually coming through on their word. In the case of the latter, you should be on the lookout for quality assurances that range from things like official quality certification to money-back guarantees on the products themselves and any evidence that the brand takes quality as seriously as you do. If there’s no such evidence to speak of, you might want to reconsider which provider to go with.
5 – Client Feedback
Last but not least, while it might not necessarily be right there on the site itself to look through, a quick web search will bring to light plenty of feedback and reviews on any and every brand currently in business on the web. The longer they’ve been in business, the more feedback there will be for prospective clients to gain a good insight into what they do and how they do it. In this instance, it’s a case of looking for feedback from those that have purchased the same kinds of adhesive products as you yourself are looking for, in order to establish how well they perform when put to the tests.