I have relationships with several factories in multiple countries that will be able to manufacture in bulk any type of simple product that can be moulded (screws, cups, bottles etc.) I believe the only way to get into the market successfully is to determine a few products that companies are getting in bulk and are overpaying for. We will be competing on price and personal touch.
Any suggestions on how to start this research and determine the best starting places? Any connections would also be appreciated.
I will suggests a product for kids... Most especially portable drinks,it has a high turn over rate here in my country.
Here's a link to another CLF thread where I break down how to use facebook as a market research tool.
You can identify audience-product matches with a few hundred dollars of spend and some expertise on the platform.
Seriously, it's awesome :)
Good luck! Feel free to connect with me if you have more questions on this. Happy to point you in the right direction!