Filters offer the easiest way to narrow down the data. As we discussed in our previous article, our supplier database research tool offers following filters:
- Supplier: You will use this filter to narrow down the products by the supplier
- Category: Suppliers group the products into hundreds of categories. Very few categories are visible when you visit the supplier website. Most categories are hidden or hard to find. Our category filter makes it very easy to find the category you are looking for and thereby narrowing the products that you would be interested in.
- Country: We identify countries where the items are most popular in. If your store is serving a particular region or a country, you may want to enable this filter and restrict the results page further by showing the items that are popular in a given country. Please note that if the country you select is not one of the top 5 countries where the item is popular, it will not show that particular item. This does not mean that the product is not selling at all in the particular country. Please use this filter with caution.
- Ship From: Most items from various suppliers is shipped from China. However, there are significant number of items that are shipped locally from different countries. This has a huge impact on the shipping time. Items shipped locally have significantly reduced shipping times compared to items shipped from China. This filter allows you to view items that are shipped from a specific country.
- Shipping Method: If you are interested in items that are being shipped using a particular shipping method such as ePacket, for example, you can restrict the item listing using this filter.
Sliders are special type of filters that allow you to control variables that have numeric values. Each slider has an upper bound and a lower bound that you can adjust as shown below
There are 4 sliders in total. They allow you to control the results based on the following variables:
- Item Price: The retail price of the item. In case of items with multiple variants, average price is used.
- Duration: How long the item has been existing in supplier catalog
- Total Number Of Orders: How many total orders have been recorded for a given item
- Rating: Average rating of the product as provided on the supplier site. Ranges from 1-star to 5-star.
Using Sorting Methods
Even after applying various filters and sliders, as explained in the above sections, you may still have hundreds (if not thousands) of items in your list. This is when a sorting method comes in handy. The sorting method allows you to view the products in a specific order thereby making the selection process easier. There are multiple sorting methods available as described below:
- % Growth in 30 Days: This is one of the most useful sorting methods to identify hot selling products at any given time. We determine the growth as a percentage of total orders and hence it is independent of total number of orders.
- Orders in 30 Days: This is also a very useful sorting method that lists the product based on the total sales in previous 30 days. Please note that this is an absolute number
- Total Orders: If you want to find items that have sold the most over its lifetime, this is the sorting method to use.
- Date First Seen: You can order the items from old to new using this method.
- Date Last Seen: You can order the items from new to old using this method.
- Duration: You can order the items by the number of days the item has been existing in supplier's catalog. Items existing for long durations usually have a solid sales history and have stood the test of time
Please note that all these sorting methods have Ascending (ASC) and Descending (DESC) ordering methods available and you can select either one depending on your needs.
When you perform a nested query i.e. multiple filters at the same time, please realize that selecting any filter has an impact on all the remaining filters. In other words, when you select any filter, your choices are limited for all the other filters. Our dynamic filtering algorithm automatically adjusts the values of other filters and sliders as you select different filters.
If you wish to restart from scratch at any point, please click on the Reset All button to reset all the filters and sliders to their default value. Please take a look at the screenshot below to view the location of this button
In this article, we have covered basic aspects of searching and finding the products from our supplier database using filters, sliders and sorting functions. In the next article, we will provide information on how to retrieve additional details for any item in our supplier database.