By Rieva Lesonsky
Part of the anticipation about March Expo—which starts Monday and goes through March 31 on Alibaba.com and the Alibaba.com mobile app—is all the new, innovative (and fun) products SMEs will have the opportunity to discover, purchase and sell.
While most of the products—available from more than 58,000 suppliers who have registered to participate in March Expo—are being kept under wraps until they’re unveiled on Monday, you can get a sneak peek at several of the products on Alibaba.com’s YouTube channel.
Four primary categories of products will be featured during March Expo: machinery, home and garden, consumer electronics and fashion apparel and accessories, though with thousands of participating suppliers there’s sure to be something for every SME.
Apparel & fashion accessories
I checked out the previewed products and found them to be interesting and innovative. If you sell fashion apparel and accessories, take a look at the brightly-colored canvas shoes. The designs are eye-catching—and the shoes are anti-slip, making them fun and functional.
Another featured fashion accessory was a beautiful, sleekly-styled, fashionable watch from Omelong, with a leather strap. The watch itself makes a fashion statement—one many consumers are sure to embrace.
If you sell B2B, March Expo is for you, too. The preview featured a massage table that looked comfortable and would look great in a spa. The flexible design can be configured into numerous positions.
In addition to finding products, participants in March Expo can meet new suppliers and potential partners. One such company, the Fangyuan Group, manufactures innovative machinery, including laser cutting machines.
One item that’s likely to capture consumers’ attention is an LED ice bucket. The eye-catching design is sure to be the center-of-attention at parties, making it especially appealing to millennial customers.
Smart lamps are another sure to be in-demand product. The lamps have a whimsical design, come in several colors and consumers merely need to tap or touch the top (which resembles a mushroom) to turn them on and off. I think I want one of these for my home office.
One of the things I love about Alibaba.com is you never know what products you can find for sale on the site. I was delighted to see, among the products highlighted in the preview, high speed boats will be featured during March Expo.
More and more consumers will be embracing smart home technology this year. Many might want the Xiaomi robot, a compact, but powerful cleaning machine that mops, cleans and sweeps floors. Consumers can start the device remotely from their smartphones, and set it to clean small specific areas, or large spaces. This device not only appeals to consumers for cleaning their homes, but has B2B uses as well—it would be the perfect tool to use in spas and hair salons.
This is just a tiny sampling of the innovative products, suppliers and potential partners SMEs can discover during March Expo. Be sure to come by and take advantage of the amazing opportunities.
You can also follow the action on social media by following @AlibabaTalk and the #DiscoverNewMarch hashtag.