International shipping · Logistics

I'm launching a b2b marketplace in a niche category where we will help suppliers list their products and showcase them in front of a global audience.

Meet Shah Young, hard working, ambitious guy with a plan.

June 30th, 2020

Now having no idea about international logistics, it is difficult for me to identify what should I do? Which partner should I select? FedX, DHL or any other? What would be the charges? Your opinions would be very valuable.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

July 1st, 2020

@Meet, no one in this group is going to do your basic research for you. Showcasing a collection of products is a completely different business than running a global logistics company.


I'm going to recommend that you start with a standard business plan template. https://www.score.org/resource/business-plan-template-startup-business Through the process of filling in the blanks, you will be required to do a bunch of research to get accurate answers.


Understand that your marketing strategy and validation needs to come before your product definition. Your research with future customers is going to define what your product should be. Testing each one of your assumptions is going to inform you whether or not your idea is capable of being a business, let alone a profitable business. These foundational steps are essential and come long before choosing a shipping carrier to partner with.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

July 7th, 2020

I disagree with @Sebastian about a pitch deck. It is inappropriate to pitch deck anything until your idea is fully formed and plan researched. An elevator pitch is perhaps appropriate, because that requires you to do what Sebastian suggests, describe your business concisely and clearly in under a minute.

Sebastian Scheerer Co-Founder of Wunderlist & ottonova Health Insurance

July 3rd, 2020

To add to Pauls point, you can also build a pitch deck first instead of a business plan because it covers the same questions but it forces you to be very concise and only focus on the absolute essentials from every angle.


It's also a good marketing document you can use to show it to potential co-founders, partners and investors. Because let's be honest, no one wants to read a business plan nowadays.


But a good looking, well made 15 page pitch deck with a lot of visuals that really get's the vision across is a valuable thing to have for yourself and to sell your idea to others.